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Drive Life : May 21st 2010
1HERSA1 F017 Please join us at our next Pres ge Auc on in Sydney on Monday 24 May at 7pm. Current and late model pres ge and luxury brands including Audi, BMW, Aston Mar n, Mercedes Benz and more. ManheimFowles Pty. Ltd. 144 Moorebank Avenue, Moorebank 2170 NSW For further informa on or to view the catalogue visit our website or call Alita on 02 8778 2716. manheimfowles.com.au VICTORIA - LMCT 8588, NSW - MD17890, QLD - 2304867 SA - MVD 183827, WA - MD7641, NZ - M126676 j 2008 Aston Mar n V8 Vantage 4.3L Ei Petrol, 6spd Tiptronic 1,859km 2007 BMW E92 M3 6spd manual 20,000km 2007 BMW E70 X5 4.8 Sport 27,000km 2007 BMW E92 335i Coupe 62,000km 2005 Mercedes Benz ML320 CDI 57,000km A sample of what will be available on the night: The Sydney Morning Herald May 21, 2010 Drive Life 17 Return to the classics Servicing luxury marques that are up to 100 years old is the passion of this dedicated engineer. Vintage taste . . . Garth Selig works on a 1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and a rare Hispano-Suiza. Photo: Quentin Jones WHEEL LIFE DAVID BERTHON After 20 years of working on classic Rolls-Royces, it was only natural that Garth Selig would incorporate the letters RR into the name of his fledgling business. Five years later, Selig's classic-car business, Repair and Restoration Services, has become one of Sydney's largest specialist workshops for the upper-luxury marque. ''We repair and service all Rolls- Royce and Bentley models up to 1998 -- after that date you need some fairly sophisticated electronic equipment to service the fuel- injection equipment,'' Selig says. ''Basically, we mechanically restore and service Rolls-Royces from as early as 1910 and Bentleys dating from the early '20s.'' The 36-year-old motor engineer's interest in early cars was spawned by watching his father work on Austin Sevens, as well as a succession of US vehicles including Rugby, Studebaker and Dort. At school, Selig was offered work experience with a well-known panel shop specialising in early cars and had to fit the door skins on a 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. ''This triggered my interest in old Rolls-Royces and I was then lucky to score an apprenticeship with John Vawser Motors, where I eventually looked after the service and repair of the older classic models.'' In recent years, Selig has expanded into other rare marques. He is installing the engine and running gear on a rare and highly valuable 1921 8.0-litre Hispano-Suiza sports roadster, one of just two such models in the country. His attention to detail has also been acknowledged by enthusiasts and he recently carried out considerable work on two rare and expensive Bugattis: a 1929 Type 46 coupe and a 1935 Type 57 sedan. Other recent projects include the rebuilding of a complex four- cylinder sleeve-valve Minerva from 1912, a total engine rebuild on a 1910 and 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost as well as a 1925 Rolls-Royce New Phantom, recommissioning of a rare 1939 V12 Rolls-Royce Phantom III saloon and the mechanical fit-out of a stretched Mark V Jaguar. Testimony to his skill and reputation for quality is the fact the 1910 Silver Ghost recently completed an extensive 2000-kilometre tour of South Africa without fault and will shortly undertake rallies in South Australia and New Zealand. On top of that is the regular servicing and repair of the more recent and more numerous Rolls- Royce Silver Dawns, Shadows, Corniches Spirits and Spurs, as well as Bentley Mark VIs, Turbo Rs, Eights and Continentals. Selig says one of the headaches with older models is outsourcing specialist work at the right price. ''Once they know it's for a Rolls- Royce, they price it accordingly, yet many of the cars cost less than the current price of a prestige model.'' However, Selig says earlier cars are complex to work on and at times faults arise that can be extremely time-consuming. Would he consider putting on more staff? ''Maybe one or two mechanics would be ideal but I've seen it before and once you get a large team you can't maintain the standard. It's a specialist area and customers expect me to be the one working on their cars.'' As such, Selig works long hours but he considers the offset to be the immense satisfaction working on the older cars brings.
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