A new life for the automobile ancestors!By Shana Devleschoudere
The Carrosserie du Prince d'Orange has been taking care of the vehicles entrusted to it for 30 years. In three decades, the small confidential garage has become a specialized workshop and a center of excellence in its field. "I worked for 12 years as a car expert, but I eventually got tired of the administrative burden of this job," recalls Henri Harms, founder and owner, but above all a car enthusiast. For the past five years, he has added a string to the bow of his flourishing body shop: a department dedicated to classic cars. Successful bet: the order book is still full and people rush (sometimes from far away) to entrust their rolling jewels to the care of HHistoricar. This is illustrated by, among others, a Jaguar Eventer whose body is in very poor condition... Thanks to HHistoricar's know-how, this "hunting station wagon" version of the Jaguar XJS, produced in only 69 examples by the famous English coachbuilder Lynx, will be given a new lease of life. And, this winter, another prestigious project is on the horizon: an Aston Martin DB4 (the same one as James Bond), whose paintwork has become dull and needs a real facelift. As far as the mechanical part is concerned, if HHistoricar takes care of some small works, all the rest is subcontracted to well-known and recognized specialists. Thanks to this network, HHistoricar can implement complete restoration works. There is no doubt about it: HHistoricar is now the place where the jewels of the automobile history are reborn.