1968 SWM Gordini Restoration Begins

Hi Gang…

Last we heard from our friend in Spain, Luis Alarcos, his SWM Gordini arrived and restoration plans were being put in place.

Click Here To Review Last Story on Luis’s SWM Gordini

But it’s been nearly a year since we’ve heard from Luis so I dropped him a short note last week.  Great news gang…..he has been off and running with the restoration of his SWM Gordini.  In the past year, he has successfully talked with Christian Mannl whose father and uncle designed and built the car, and has been tracking down all of the parts needed to complete the restoration – including the elusive front windshield which has been a mystery to us for years (even with the Mannl family helping to identify what they remembered using).  As you’ll see in the story below, this problem may now be solved.

So let’s begin with today’s story – a recent update on the restoration progress I received from Luis about his SWM Gordini.  And away we go 🙂

Letter From Luis Alarcos: September 9, 2021

Dear Geoff:

I have ordered the last remaining BMW 2000CS Windshield unit with the installation hardware (rubbers) available. I’m almost 100% sure it’s that one, the measurements are almost the same, but it depends a lot on how you measure it.  Here are photos for comparison:


We have already disassembled the whole front of the car and have seen that the disc brakes from a BMW were fitted as well as the rims. The steering is from the Renault 8.  At an old upholsterer in Valladolid, we have found the roof upholstery that was used on the Renault 8 as well and these are the ones installed on the SWM.

The repair of the doors has been very laborious, because we had to remove all the wood that was glued to the fibre and without damaging it, we have put the plywood panels back in between the fibre, gluing it and leaving it the same way it was.

It is a very nice project that I am very excited to finish.


Thanks for sharing the progress on your SWM Gordini Luis.  And keep sending us photos as you move forward – it’s great to see another cool fiberglass sports car regaining its “legs” and getting back on the road again.  Exciting to share 🙂  For those of you wanting to learn more about Luis’s SWM Gordini, click on the following link:

Click Here To Learn More About the 1968 SWM Gordini

Perhaps Luis is making progress on his Devin Renault Special too?  Any photos and progress report Luis?  If so, send to me via e-mail and I’ll share with our Undiscovered Classics gang.

Hope you enjoyed the story, and remember…

The adventure continues here at Undiscovered Classics.


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