Historic Research Taken Seriously

Hundreds of books, indexed magazine collections from 1947, enormous electronic archive of books, brochures, pictures, plans and schematics.

Historic research is often talked about, but rarely undertaken in depth or often at all.


Because it does not pay. Client’s are reluctant to pay as it is a nebulous concept, time consuming and the results, although critically important to a car project outcome, are sporadic and often seem like they are delaying the project. Restoration shops are reluctant to pay as it delays the moment that a project can start with the attendent risk that the client may change his mind on going ahead, choose someone else and the billing clock does not start until the car is being worked on from their perspective.

All the above considered, research is still essential for you, as a client. ironically it often saves time and money over the length of a project as from the outset a clearer path is mapped out and important decisions re manufacture and finish are decided early on. The history folder and value of car has an uplift.

The projects for the Marcos Midas, The Blue Car, Rapport Forte and Bugatti Type 35 shown in the links below are proof positive of our commitment to proper research.

Each website and project was undertaken, created and delivered by CAD Car.

Ability to compare historic data with data captured by modern methods

If you have any experience of design and manufacture, you will have a working knowledge of the difference between "as designed" and "as built". For people without this experience essentially it is comparing historic plans, for example, with real world items.

Enormous Archive

Comparible in size to something you would find in many museums or archives. Most, data Optical Character Recognised (OCR'd) to enable easy access of information.

If we don't know we say

Often, after extensive research, a view is required based on incomplete information. Pragmatic, we can help guiding to the most sensible way forward, whilst also covering potential bear traps with undiscovered information that could surface later.