ATV Today: 10.01.1975: ATV Vintage Car


Compilation film showing the work to restore the ATV vintage Morris Oxford car which has been named 'Harriet'.





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Bev Smith reports to camera to introduce the compilation film. We begin with the search for a suitable vintage model using the dealers Harry Hadley at Brownhills in October 1973 in which Bev reveals the car and explains it will be restored by apprentices at the Austin Morris Group at Longbridge. The apprentices prepare the car for transport to the plant in an AA recovery vehicle, removing the engine before it is transported. Next we cut to a film originally broadcast on 10th December 1973 where the apprentices have disassembled the car into all its components which are neatly displayed in the workshop for the camera. Head apprentice Mike Donovan explains that they have all the major components but they are short of trim parts such as door handles and the front bumper. External panels will be replaced by new ones and rusty panels will be repaired. The film then moves to January 1974 and an interview with Dave Cornellison, now Head Apprentice, who talks about the car's braking system, the bodywork and the engine. There is also an interview with Mike Donovan who is leaving the team to complete his apprenticeship at university. The car has now been painted light blue. Next in February 1974 there is an interview with John Grant who is working on the upholstery. There are views of the upholstery being fitted into the car. The film ends with Bev Smith driving the car and explaining the restoration work that has been carried out.. He then introduces one of the original owners of the car, Bob Wallcroft who bought the car in 1937 for £17. Mr and Mrs Wallcroft go for a ride in the car with Bev.


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Compilation of 1973 and 1974 ATV Today items with new links.