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Motorsport wizard Prodrive has launched a new programme to restore and authenticate its more than 1100 historic race and rally cars.
The Banbury-based firm says it’s taken the move due to increasing numbers of people campaigning its vehicles, and asking for help in bringing them back to full health.
Prodrive Legends, as it will be known, will be solely for Prodrive cars and includes a fixed-price authentication service to ascertain if a chassis is a genuine Prodrive vehicle, plus works-spec engine rebuilds, servicing, competition preparation and ground-up restorations.
And all restoration work will take place at the company’s Banbury base.
“Many of these cars are now appreciating classics with immense value to their passionate owners,” says Paul Howarth, head of motorsport operations.
“With the formation of Prodrive Legends, owners can now bring the cars home to the same company – and even many of the same people – who originally designed and built them and took them to multiple wins.”
“Quite simply, there is nobody in a better position to rebuild a Prodrive car – we literally know them inside out and many of the people we have on the Prodrive Legends team built the cars originally,” Howarth adds.
“What’s more, we have all the original build data and also hold the rights to reproduce key parts of the cars, while sourcing genuine components that are notoriously hard to find doesn’t pose an issue thanks to the network of contacts we have established since the early 1980s.
“The level of our work pays dividends for customers who wish to compete with their car and those that lean more towards seeing it as an investment. Some owners choose to run their cars in less demanding exhibition events or merely show them, but any car that leaves us will be turnkey and ready to run competitively.”
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