Restoration Services

Downs Engineering has been restoring vintage race cars and sports cars for over 35 years. From Formula 1 to E-type Jaguars, we have restored and maintained these cars to a very high standard of presentation and performance.

We put a huge amount of effort into the restoration of all of our projects, from research to finished construction. Our one-on-one service insures customer satisfaction in the restoration of your unique racing vehicles. It is our hope that we may serve your restoration needs and make your dream car come to life. 

Our Current Restoration Project

1964 Mercury Comet East African Safari Car

This car is one of two surviving cars originally built by Bill Stroppe for the 1964 factory effort.

Lots of history, lots of trick parts, and lots of rust. A big job, and one that will bring a great deal of satisfaction to both the owner and D/E.

1964 Comet
Comet
Comet stripped

Arrows Formula 1

Arrows F1

The Arrows Formula One car was restored for a client from a severely damaged car to a car able to compete again in Vintage Formula One races. 

Our client purchased the car in England and had it shipped to us for restoration. The car had received extensive damage in the English Aurora series: the tub had lost most of its rivets, there was severe front end damage and the side pods’ bodywork was missing or damaged beyond repair. Since its accident, the car had been a display car.

Right front tub damage
right front tub damage
striped tub
original tub stripped

The tub was re-fabricated using significantly stronger material to enhance its strength and torsional rigidity.

We also had to make all new suspension arms and wings using the originals as patterns. We made new bodywork and side pods as the originals were not included in the sale.

new DE tub
new D/E tub
new tub no chasssi table
new tub on chassis table
arrows track test
first test at Sears Point

The fully restored car brought the Warsteiner Formula One car back to life. In testing, the car performed beautifully. The client was extremely pleased and won his race the fist time out.