It’s risky business to try and improve the style of our favorite time-honored classic. See if you agree that we have done just that in the project shown here.
Over the years, we’ve seen dozens of different ways people try to stripe their Sprite, but inevitably there are only so many options. The most popular is the twin stripes down the center of the car. occasionally will see an offset center stripe and often also see some enhancement around the grill, where the stripes will follow the contour and expand around the mouth of the grill, a bit like lipstick.
In the case of this particular yellow car, we had a few imperfections on the sides of the car, and that required a graphic enhancement in exactly the right place. How do we do that without messing up our favorite happy face? The entire car could’ve been repainted, but we wanted to save the time, trouble, and expense, and therefore worked on a stripe that would address its particular weaknesses, which were some scratches on both doors a few inches away from the cockpit trim.
We started with a Photoshop design, as shown above, where you can see the black stripes overlaid on the car. (That’s a computer image of the stripes, not the real finished product.) Next, we set about taping the stripe, and as you can see, Russ did a masterful job interpreting the Photoshop drawing with a new set of pointed front tips.
Once we approved the masking, the stripes went on in platinum, to match the forthcoming platinum wheels that will soon be added to this car. (The wheels are yellow now in the photos with plans to upgrade them soon). The next step was to add the black pinstripe, which is really the icing on the cake- without the black, the stripe is a little bit boring, but once the pin stripes outlines are added, she really comes to life.
The final result is shown in the photos here. We’re delighted with this enhancement, because not only did it address the cosmetic imperfections, but it made the car stronger and more unique. It’s really satisfying to take a great car and make it even better.
If you want your car upgraded cosmetically, mechanically, electrically, or in any other way, give us a call and we’ll be happy to bring your car here for transformaation! This car came to us from Montana and went back home to Alabama just this week. We’re moving cars all over the country with ease, and they’re enjoying great makeovers in our facility. We welcome the opportunity to bring in your old English car and make it extra special just for you!