Feeling a bit guilty about thread-jacking Geoff and Bob's SWB builds, so I decided it's probably a good idea to start my own now that I've begun the process of buying in the parts I'll be needing.
The decision to build a SWB is a no-brainer for me - I need a 'sensible' classic car for rainy days when it's too wet to enjoy driving my Spyder, and the Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta is just one of the most beautiful
coupes I've ever seen.
With auction prices coming in at around $10,000,000 to $20,000,000 for the real thing, even a non-rollover Euromillions win wouldn't be enough to bag one, so a close-enough-to-fool-most-people Tribute to the model will do me nicely.
This build may be either quick or slow. I anticipated a six-month build for my Spyder and it actually took two years, but the reason for the rather vague timespan this time is down to my finances - I may be able to afford a donor and kit in a couple of months, or I might
have to wait until early 2017.
Either way I will
be building one and I have every confidence that Chris at Tribute will still be producing the kit if I have to wait another 21 months before putting a deposit down.
I'm aiming to keep this to a (fairly) strict budget of around £7,500 but will spend less if I can. I'll be keeping a spreadsheet to monitor my expenditure and the hours I put in, and will try to remember to add a tally to my updates as I go along.
I'll be using the images from this site as a handy reference throughout -
Anyway, I'll post plenty of pics and am always open to suggestions/advice regarding whatever I happen to be doing.
So, a few pics to get started with starting with seats and wheels -
Spend so far:
Wheels (BMW 5 series 6.5 x 15 ET20 steels) £78.00
Seats (black leather Rover 45 saloon, rear seats included and the leather from them will be used for door/dash trim) - £100.00
Total spend to date - £178.00
Total hours expended 1.5 (plus about 2,000 surfing the 'net for ideas).