Last year we celebrated the movie awards season by writing an article highlighting our top ten movie cars. As vehicle detailers working in Hampshire, we know a thing or two about ensuring a car is red carpet ready! This year’s Acadamy Awards ceremony takes place in less than a month. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d list some of the best-dressed cars we’ve had the pleasure of working on.
Vehicle Detailers and Best-Dressed Vehicles!
As vehicle detailers, we ensure every car leaves our Hampshire studio looking a million dollars. It doesn’t matter if we’ve taken care of a luxury supercar or your daily driver. We\’ll always lavish it with our full attention. But, we think some cars deserve a special mention because, like Brad Pitt in a velvet-trimmed tux or Charlize Theron in Dior couture, they really do rock the red carpet!
Read on to discover five of the best-dressed vehicles we’ve worked on!
Firstly, we had to begin with this rare and highly revered race car for the road. Originally, the bodywork was a super exotic Carbon Kevlar weave. When they were first released in 1987, the Rosso paint was super thin. At the time, this was said to be a weight saving exercise. Although, it was later admitted to being a cost-saving exercise. This meant the weave of the Carbon Kevlar was actually visible through the paint, adding to its rawness. Sadly, many F40 buyers didn’t appreciate that and had them repainted, hiding the weave. It was only later this attribute became more desirable, and finding an original car (so a rare version of an already rare car) became ultra-desirable. We were lucky enough to have one of these original cars in our Studio, proudly displaying the weave as a nod to its racing heritage.
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
Staying with Ferrari for a moment, I once had the opportunity to work on a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso that had belonged to the actor, Steve McQueen. Originally purchased at a Ferrari dealer in Santa Monica, California, it was McQueen’s first-ever Ferrari. Paul came across it at the Salon Prive Concours show as part of the Swissvax car care team. Unfortunately, while on display, the boot had sustained scratches from an item dragging across it. This was mortifying for the person responsible for the car, and Paul had to polish the paint to remove the scratch carefully. The car paint was ‘Maronne’, a metallic medium-brown shade that somehow looked just perfect on this car, with its sparkling wire-spoked Borrani wheels. Simply beautiful.
Rolls Royce Phantom
The finish on the Rolls Royce Phantom belonging to a long-standing customer of ours is beyond reproach for sheer opulence and perfection. Painstakingly sanding flat and polished to perfection at the factory, the black paint looks flawlessly smooth and flat, every reflection crisp and sharp, the clarity is quite something. It has a subtle metallic sparkle in the sunshine and shows the car\’s elegant lines to the best effect.
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
No discussion about beautifully dressed cars can go without a mention of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Production of the 8C took place between 2007 and 2010, made in limited numbers, just 500 coupes and 500 Spiders worldwide. They were available in a wide colour palette, including the option to match the paint to anything you supplied. But without a doubt, the best colour was the expensive optional Competizione Red. A deep, rich, candy-style paint reputably left the factory in solid red, shipping to the specialist Ferrari/Maserati facility. Here, the carbon fibre body shell was stripped apart, repainted, and reassembled at the cost of some £15000. It’s a stunning car, without a single bad angle to view it from.
Solarbeam Mercedes AMG GTS
Finally, for something a little more modern, we loved installing PPF to a Solarbeam Mercedes AMG GTS at our Hampshire detailing studio. The colour is amazing; it positively glows on even the cloudiest of days. The finish is fantastic; Mercedes quality control is on top form for their special order paints, and given that it was a £10695 option for this finish, they should be! The colour really suits the outrageous character of the car; black accents offer great contrast. There is little that is subtle about an AMG GTS. The seismic exhaust note is felt as much as heard, and the proportions exaggerate the long, swooping front end. Our customer’s family named their car ‘RumbleBee’, pretty fitting!
If you’d like to find out more about how our vehicle detailers can help ensure your car is red carpet ready, contact our detailing studio in Hampshire.