Mod Culture – Giving In To Temptation

I guess you can’t keep a good rodder down.

In December I wrote about the Cord restomod, being produced in Roy Brizio’s workshops. I’ve been keeping as eye on the ongoing project photos, and the car now looks more-or-less complete. Now the following is not a criticism of owner Chuck Thornton’s choice, just a comment based on my own preferences.

I had assumed that the work was going to produce an ostensibly stock Westchester sedan from the outside, with modern underpinnings underneath. I particularly liked what appeared to be a period simulation of a rich cream gloss enamel finish to the paintwork.

In fact, it’s now apparent that the final paintwork is in what I always call ‘flip-flop, after the Metalflake custom car paints product name. This is achieved by dusting reflective pigments suspended in a clear lacquer over a solid coloured base coat. As light passes through the clear coating, it is reflected by the particles to give a variety of effects, creating the effect of shot-silk. As pigment manufacture has become more precise, the effects available have become more sophisticated, though maybe that isn’t the most apt adjective. The technique is best known in the UK for its application onto TVRs and, oddly, Nissan Micras.


I normally have a liking for the flashy, so quite like interference pigments and, indeed, I have form myself in this department – I resprayed a bike of mine once in a white mother-of-pearl finish. So, I understand the temptation but, in the case of the Brizio Cord, it’s a slight disappointment, though I still love the concept, and it might work better when it gets out into the warm California sun.

3 thoughts on “Mod Culture – Giving In To Temptation”

  1. A Cord-rod could look a hell of a lot worse than that, so I’m relieved. Although if you’re going to junk fhe Lycoming V8 and pre-selector transmission you really should be putting something more advanced than a Chevy V8 and a four-speed tiptronic auto under that coffin hood, even if you retain front-drive as the buyer of this car has.

    Jay Leno does his usual avuncular car guy thing in an article about his own Cord sedan here

    1. The term Celebrity Car Collector is usually a massive turn-off. But Leno is a highly honourable exception. Although I’m sure that various of his collection will have increased massively in value, it’s clear he is no investment collector, nor driven by fashion. His criteria seem to be curiosity, appreciation and a desire to use and enjoy his vehicles, which he backs up with detailed knowledge and a nice writing style.

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