Nano science produces ceramic protection for vintage vehicles

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Midway through the rally, the Classic Motor Cars' Porsche 911 still shines | CMC photos

Twice in the last 10 years, Classic Motor Cars of Shropshire, England, has been accorded Restoration of the Year honors by the International Historic Motoring Awards program, putting 7,000 working hours into the resurrection of the Linder-Nocker Lightweight Jaguar E-type to win in 2011 and again in 2017 for the restoration of the one-off, Pininfarina-bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120SE.

Now, the 25-year-old restoration shop has launched its own line of car-care products, which it says are specially formulated to preserve vintage vehicles. The car-care products were created in conjunction with Alpha Nano Developments, a British company that uses nano science to produce ceramic coatings “to protect valuable assets.”

“Alpha Nano uses proven Nano science to not only ensure the asset is physically shielded from the lasting efforts of dirt, grime and weathering but also aesthetically leaves a first class, high gloss showroom finish which is low maintenance, long lasting and easy to clean,” the companies said in their joint news release.

Nano technology produces new line of car-care products

To validate the effectiveness of the new line of Classic Motor Cars “Classic Guard coatings and after-care products,” the workshop drove a coated 1965 Porsche 911 on the recent Le Jog Rally, a Hero Events drive that sent 70 vehicles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a three-day run.

“We have tested this product for the last few months and it has proved to be fantastic for Classic Cars, so much so that we are now launching it as a new range of CMC ‘Classic Guard coatings and after-car products’,” said Nigel Woodward, Classic Motor Cars managing director.

“However,” he added, “we thought that putting it through its paces on Hero’s Le Jog, which is recognized at being one of the toughest winter rallies in the world would be the ultimate test and it has stood up to its really well.”

So, what do these new products cost? A 250ml bottle of Classic Guard Ceramic Infused Shampoo is £17.00 ($22.30), a 50ml container of of wax is £62.00 ($77.65) and 250ml of quick detailer is £20 ($25). 

To have your entire classic vehicle done by an accredited applicator — including paint work, glass, brightwork and underbody coverage — costs £1,779 ($2,227), but includes a 2-year protection guarantee, the companies said.

For more information, visit the Classic Motor Cars website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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