In Dieppe, a collector and a mechanic give new life to old cars

The sparkling chrome, the raucous sound of the engines and a sparkling paint have always made them dream. When they grew up, they turned their dream into passion. As a child, the entrepreneur Olivier Pierre adored Corvettes in small boxes. A few years ago, he imported a real C3 from the United States, the start of an addictive collection. Without any technical knowledge, he met mechanic Matthieu Bultynck for the repair. A friendship was born. It will be reinforced around a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. In a pitiful state, it will take six months and 350 hours of work to get it back on the road.

“Of course, here there is a cult around the Alpine”

“In addition to an overhaul of the engine, we redone the bodywork, the insulation and the seats. We found the pieces on specialized sites in England and with other collectors. An exciting adventure! Says Olivier Pierre.

He then bought a garage and opened Mecasoluce, “a space dedicated to prestige cars and old & youngtimers”. In the heart of downtown Dieppe, the workshop is now full of cars, each more impressive than the last. “We receive collectors of all types: sentimentalists, investors and pleasurable. We all have a special bond with a car in our lifetime. So all brands are accepted. Of course, here, there is a cult around the Alpine, but we have a lot of English like Triumph, Jaguar and also Porsche and Ford Mustang. But beware! We are purists. We do not do any tuning, ”explains the manager.

Everyone can come “to make a diagnosis of the state of the bodywork and mechanics,” continues Olivier Pierre. We also check if the engine is not blocked. A balance sheet is drawn up and we are talking about the works. There is no quote, because it is complicated with all the possible surprises. Time and a flexible budget are needed. This is counted in number of hours. With us, it ranges from 40 to 55 euros an hour excluding parts. The restoration of classic cars is a story of feelings and when you love, you don’t count! [rires] “. For example, for the Rolls-Royce, the invoice amounted to 19,500 euros for a purchase of… 5,000 euros.

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