British (and European) Classics of the ‘50's

Cars of this era carried on the pre-war construction of a body on a chassis although the bodies were now generally made of pressed steel rather than hand crafted aluminium over ash frames. The quality of chassis construction on some of the up-market cars of this era is something to behold, with chassis members being "vacuum welded": welding gas passed over the whole of the piece under fabrication while it was welded, meaning that the chassis member is sealed without any oxygen inside, making corrosion from the inside impossible. Unfortunately quite often this beautiful craftsmanship has been unwittingly vandalised in modern times by drilling holes for brackets to hold new brake lines etc. Cars of this era did not have sills as we know them of course but some of them have terrible mud traps and it can take hours to clean out all the accumulated silt!

 

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