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 Bodywork


Ferrari 250GT SWB. Photo by     RUPERT PHILLIPS

Ferrari 250GT SWB. Photo by RUPERT PHILLIPS


Nothing defines a motor car more than the bodywork,
it’s what gives it, it’s identity, its character, its purpose.

Thats why, when it comes to restoring or renovating a classic sports car,
it has to be right.

The right knowledge, the right materials, the right technique and the skill and experience to bring it all together for the perfect result.
— KEVIN O'ROURKE - Moto Technique Limited

“All cars are exactly the same, except for they are all different”

Tubular chassis’s with lightweight aluminium body panels, monocoque chassis’s, Carbon tubs, steel panels, fibreglass, Carbon, Kevlar, welding, riveting, bonding…. the list is endless.

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing complete “Body off” restoration revealing the tubular chassis.

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing complete “Body off” restoration revealing the tubular chassis.

Over the decades, car construction has evolved and many different techniques and materials have been introduced and perfected in the production of the motor car.

Restoring a sports car from the 50’s requires a different approach in terms of materials and technique than say a supercar of the 90’s and beyond.

A skilled artisan using an old English wheel to produce a perfectly bespoke piece of bodywork.

A skilled artisan using an old English wheel to produce a perfectly bespoke piece of bodywork.

Whereas a 1950’s classic might require a flat sheet of aluminium, which is then skilfully worked into a perfectly shaped piece of intricate bodywork by a skilled artisan on an old English wheel, a 1990’s supercar will need a perfectly formed and absolutely precise carbon fibre piece of bodywork which is manufactured using the latest technology.

Gumbert Apollo. A bespoke piece of bodywork is remanufactured using advanced composite techniques for an item that is no longer available on this ultra rare supercar.

Gumbert Apollo. A bespoke piece of bodywork is remanufactured using advanced composite techniques for an item that is no longer available on this ultra rare supercar.

Whatever the era of the car being restored, renovated or repaired, the goal of the Moto Technique team is always the same, and that is to produce the highest quality standard of workmanship and finish available anywhere.

A genuine Ferrari 250 GTO being repaired using classic techniques, where replacement or remanufacture is not an option due to the provenance and value of this legendary Italian icon.

A genuine Ferrari 250 GTO being repaired using classic techniques, where replacement or remanufacture is not an option due to the provenance and value of this legendary Italian icon.

Ferrari 250 GTO Rear quarter panel. Knowledge, skill, tradition methods and good old fashion hard work.

Ferrari 250 GTO Rear quarter panel. Knowledge, skill, tradition methods and good old fashion hard work.

Ferrari 250 GTO rear end repair using traditional welding techniques.

Ferrari 250 GTO rear end repair using traditional welding techniques.

Ferrari 250 GTO. A Perfect tail end repair gets the quality control seal of approval by Kevin O’Rourke.

Ferrari 250 GTO. A Perfect tail end repair gets the quality control seal of approval by Kevin O’Rourke.

If a car comes to Moto Technique for repair or restoration, it is more than likely that at some stage it will be checked on the in-house alignment jig.

The Moto Technique chassis alignment centre with state-of-the-art digital scanner and jig.

The Moto Technique chassis alignment centre with state-of-the-art digital scanner and jig.

Dino 246 GTS In the chassis alignment centre being checked before having a full ground up restoration and 400bhp V8 engine upgrade.

Dino 246 GTS In the chassis alignment centre being checked before having a full ground up restoration and 400bhp V8 engine upgrade.

In the right hands, this amazing piece of equipment not only checks the alignment of what the car is when it arrives, but it also tells you what it should be according to the manufactures specifications. All cars are fully aligned before the start of any restoration, and all crash repairs leave in perfect condition, thanks to the technicians and their masterful understanding and ability to use this tool to its full potential.

Unfortunately, not all the cars that arrive at Moto Technique are there for a voluntary visit, occasionally accidents happen and many beautiful cars enter the workshop in a state that leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, with the abundance of talent, technique and facilities available at Moto Technique, there is always a happy outcome.

A totally invaluable piece of equipment that is used extensively to produce perfect results.

Ferrari F40 in for some TLC so that it can be returned to it’s former glory and totally factory specification and drivability.

Ferrari F40 in for some TLC so that it can be returned to it’s former glory and totally factory specification and drivability.

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing body being repaired and assembled to millimetre perfection with the aid of the Moto Technique digital jig on a scheduled total ground up restoration.

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing body being repaired and assembled to millimetre perfection with the aid of the Moto Technique digital jig on a scheduled total ground up restoration.

Ferrari 250 GTO being checked before commencement of a total restoration. This car arrived and left in perfect alignment.

Ferrari 250 GTO being checked before commencement of a total restoration. This car arrived and left in perfect alignment.

An Iso Grifo front wing being remade in mild steel by a Moto Technique artisan panel beater. The no longer available panel was made to absolute millimetre perfection as the picture below clearly shows.

An Iso Grifo front wing being remade in mild steel by a Moto Technique artisan panel beater. The no longer available panel was made to absolute millimetre perfection as the picture below clearly shows.

Perfection is the Moto Technique standard.

Perfection is the Moto Technique standard.

When sparks fly at Moto Technique, its always for the right reasons.

When sparks fly at Moto Technique, its always for the right reasons.

Teamwork in perfect harmony on an old English wheel.

Teamwork in perfect harmony on an old English wheel.

Kevin O’Rourke standing in the engine bay of the perfectly repaired and restored body shell of a Ferrari 250 GTO #3527 prior to it visiting the Moto Technique paint shop.

Kevin O’Rourke standing in the engine bay of the perfectly repaired and restored body shell of a Ferrari 250 GTO #3527 prior to it visiting the Moto Technique paint shop.