Tolman, who recently completed rebuilds including a Lotus Sunbeam and a Peugeot 205 GTI, has just finished its latest restoration project, a 1981 Ford Escort XR3.

The owner requested that Tolman make this Escort XR3 “one of the best in the world.”
They received the unfinished project from another restorer with lots of missing parts. Tolman started the project by repairing the bare metal shell, paying close attention to improving the shut lines.

The project took 18 months to complete.

We truly enjoy finding ways to improve modern classics through our Tolman Edition programme.  We have to be more innovative, drawing on different networks and ways to find the harder to find parts and reproducing or restoring the ones you simply can’t buy. But it’s really satisfying to restore a car to factory specification, hunting down the near-impossible-to find parts and ensuring it looks like we remember them.

Said founder Chris Tolman.

I do wonder how much it would cost.

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