Bill Pardoe's gorgeous 541R

Bill Pardoe's 541R
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Bill Pardoe's gorgeous 541R

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Bill bought his 541R in 1968 and drove it for a number of years before putting it away in his sisters hen hut for nearly 30 years. It had a failed clutch but due to the arrival of a new baby the car was left there, due to changed priorities, until he retired. In the pictures you can see a small bonnet repair that Bill tells me was caused by trying to push a telegraph pole over in the snow, whilst taking the car back to Jensen in west Bromwich for a service.
Bill took the car to Graham Green Cars in Longridge Preston to have it restored, it was here that I first saw the car and decided immediately that Graham had to restore my 541. Both cars are a testament to Grahams skills.
Bill enjoys driving the 541R and is not into show and shine, although he was at the spring weekend last year in the car and I think I may have talked him into the International this year :D

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Bill's car showing the bonnet repair, my chassis and another 541 in for chassis tube repairs

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6 months later, a fresh mot and waiting for a nice day to drive it back home after 30 years

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Apart from wow I am speechless. :shock:
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Absolutely beautiful car. Very deserving of any accolades.
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It looks wonderful.
Always useful to hear of another restoration specialist recommended by others.
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I can't find any trace of the Graham Green garage near Preston. Does he have a different trading name?
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Looks one seriously nice 541R, mine is coming on so will have to find a way to post the pictures.

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very, very nice!
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I can't find any trace of the Graham Green garage near Preston. Does he have a different trading name?
:lol: I would be surprised if you did find anything, all his work comes from recommendation / word of mouth, the Garage is Graham Green Cars (Classic restorations) at Whittingham, Longridge Nr Preston. He doesn't do computers in fact he doesn't have an email address! He has a mobile phone but doesn't do text messages! He is a true old school Guru, my car was his 3rd 541 and I believe he is in the process of starting another for a JOC member. His attention to detail shows in all his work, with no corners cut. His specialist field is top end Porsche 911's but is currently working on a Big Healey competition car with history, he has made most of the aluminium body panels himself and it looks stunning (for a Healey :shock: )
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Darren wrote: he has made most of the aluminium body panels himself and it looks stunning (for a Healey :shock: )
The Healey does look stunning Darren, it was built by Jensen remember!
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Very nice.
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Who could source the wood rimmedsteering wheel that Bill has on his 541R?
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a couple of pictures of Grahams latest creation, this was a complete basket case and well beyond economical repair. Graham has rebuilt everything with the exception of the engine which is a Denis Welsh race spec rebuild.

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Looks and sounds Awesome and a far better Healey than Jensen ever built
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