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Help needed with Imp Restoration

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:03 pm
by iancragg
I have an Imp California that's been off the road since 1999. I'm now contemplating a full restoration. I've been given a spare Imp shell, and have removed one rear wing. I'm wondering if there's anyone able to offer professional help, preferably in the East Anglia region, but am prepared to travel. I've read in Classical Sports Car that Imp restoration is expensive relative to the end value of the car. I'd be interested to know what kind of money it can take. I'd like to concentrate on the body shell first, and engine afterwards. I have two working standard engines and a fair number of spares, gearboxes etc.

Re: Help needed with Imp Restoration

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:58 pm
by The Nun
I dont know if youre a club member, it says not still?
But joining up will allow you to access lots more info here which will help no end for starters. :wink:

PS: its a Californian if its the imp coupe version and a Caledonian if its the limited edition 76 saloon.

Not California, I think youre in Ferrari frame of mind there. :wink:

Re: Help needed with Imp Restoration

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:17 am
by colin rooney
I've read in Classical Sports Car that Imp restoration is expensive relative to the end value of the car. I'd be interested to know what kind of money it can take. I'd like to concentrate on the body shell first, and engine afterwards. I have two working standard engines and a fair number of spares, gearboxes etc.[/quote]

Well the reason imp restoration is expensive is due to the fact that if who ever is doing the car could charge the same money to do say a mini or escort ,its the fact that imps are not selling for the same value as other classic cars ,but you need to weigh up how much your resto will cost and how much your car will sell for should you wish to sell it when your done then your better of selling the imp as it is ,and invest the money in a different classic , but on the other hand if your not worried that you could end up spending 10 to 12 grand on the imp and when its done its worth say 6 or 7 grand thats the difference with imp people we do it for the love of the car ,it would be nice to make a profit

col

Re: Help needed with Imp Restoration

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:55 am
by oli
Whereabouts in East Anglia are you based? I am near Norwich and may be able to offer some advice and possibly parts for you.
Oli

Re: Help needed with Imp Restoration

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:05 am
by jetmech
It also depends how long you plan to keep the car. When I restored my Imp in 1989 I spent £1200, which was probably 3 or 4 times the value of the car at that time. But it was never about the money for me, just the pleasure of doing the job and saving the car. The same will apply to the next Imp that I restore.
I doubt that many people make money restoring ordinary classic cars, what ever the make.
I hope you go ahead with your project and join the club, you will get plenty of friendly advise and encouragement on here :D .

Simon Imp004

Re: Help needed with Imp Restoration

Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:28 pm
by top_imp
I know it's an old thread but curious as to whether or not the restoration went ahead?