Take to the Road BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club

We recently got an invite from Waterloo Classics Club founder Darren Sullivan Vince to check out his BMW 502, which is currently undergoing a complete restoration. The 502 was the German marques V8 powered luxury saloon that was developed after the war, its lavish styling earning it the nickname “Barock Engel” or “Baroque Angel”. We’ve never seen a Baroque Angel in the flesh but we did feature one that required a full restoration back in April last year (read our feature here). So needless to say we jumped at the chance to see one for real.

Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
If you are going to check on your classic car restoration project, why not drive there in your Volvo P1800ES.

Darren collected us in his restored Volvo P1800ES which we have to say was very appropriate transport for the day. We’ve been in a P1800S and it was of course the first car we featured on our YouTube Channel (watch the film here). So Darren’s example is essentially the more practical, shooting brake version of the Swedish sports coupe. It certainly was a classy car to arrive in at the body shop and we enjoyed the drive in the coolest estate ever made by Volvo.

Car body shops, especially ones that restore classic cars are a bit of an Aladdin’s cave for us enthusiasts. You never know what you will find being restored and the whole process of painting a car is one that requires a lot of patience, skill and a dash of magic. It’s quite exciting really. And we weren’t disappointed with what we saw inside.

Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
The distinctive kidney grill of the BMW 502. Easy to identify even without its chrome or badge.

In the corner of the shop floor sat Darren’s project. The BMW 502 body has undergone months of careful preparation and it now sits ready for paint. Even in blocked primer the 502 is an incredibly elegant car. The lines and curves are graceful and it is easy to see how it earned the Baroque Angel nickname, even without its chrome embellishments fitted.

Once the car is painted, Darren will take over and put it back together himself in his own workshop. The seats have been re-trimmed, the engine and gearbox are ready to go back in the car. There is still a lot of work ahead before the 502 goes for it’s first MOT. But we know it will be worth the effort.

Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
The empty, covered 502 interior has a certain ghostly feel to it.

Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
The BMW 502 has suicide doors on the back which are an interesting feature.
Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
The cars handbrake lever. Not really needed at the moment on this rolling restoration.
Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
The worn original steering wheel. One of many items that need attention.
Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
The 502’s ignition. Which has the key snapped off inside. One of those annoying problems that arise when restoring a classic.

Whilst we were there we checked out a couple of other cars that were mid restoration. These included a rare 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Two Post (which basically means its not a pillarless coupe, which a lot of them were) and a MGB GT which has a Stage 2 tuned 250BHP Rover V8 engine. Basically, its a bit of a beast. Below are some photos plus a few other cars that caught our eye.



In the corner of the shop floor sat Darren’s project. The BMW 502 body has undergone months of careful preparation and it now sits ready for paint. Even in primer the 502 is an incredibly elegant car. The lines and curves are graceful and it easy to see how it earned the Baroque Angel nickname, even without its chrome embellishments fitted. Once the car is painted, Darren will take over and put the car back together himself in his own workshop. The seats have been re-trimmed, the engine and gearbox are ready to go back in the car. There is still a lot of work ahead before the 502 goes for it's first MOT. But we know it will be worth the effort.
This Chevrolet Chevelle is wiped down and ready for paint.
In the corner of the shop floor sat Darren’s project. The BMW 502 body has undergone months of careful preparation and it now sits ready for paint. Even in primer the 502 is an incredibly elegant car. The lines and curves are graceful and it easy to see how it earned the Baroque Angel nickname, even without its chrome embellishments fitted. Once the car is painted, Darren will take over and put the car back together himself in his own workshop. The seats have been re-trimmed, the engine and gearbox are ready to go back in the car. There is still a lot of work ahead before the 502 goes for it's first MOT. But we know it will be worth the effort.
This rare coupe is being painted BMW M4 Mineral Grey. We think it will look awesome!
In the corner of the shop floor sat Darren’s project. The BMW 502 body has undergone months of careful preparation and it now sits ready for paint. Even in primer the 502 is an incredibly elegant car. The lines and curves are graceful and it easy to see how it earned the Baroque Angel nickname, even without its chrome embellishments fitted. Once the car is painted, Darren will take over and put the car back together himself in his own workshop. The seats have been re-trimmed, the engine and gearbox are ready to go back in the car. There is still a lot of work ahead before the 502 goes for it's first MOT. But we know it will be worth the effort.
This Chevelle has B Pillar’s which makes it a popular choice for dragsters looking for a more rigid body.
In the corner of the shop floor sat Darren’s project. The BMW 502 body has undergone months of careful preparation and it now sits ready for paint. Even in primer the 502 is an incredibly elegant car. The lines and curves are graceful and it easy to see how it earned the Baroque Angel nickname, even without its chrome embellishments fitted. Once the car is painted, Darren will take over and put the car back together himself in his own workshop. The seats have been re-trimmed, the engine and gearbox are ready to go back in the car. There is still a lot of work ahead before the 502 goes for it's first MOT. But we know it will be worth the effort.
The MGB GT has flared arches to accommodate bigger wheels.
Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
This is going to be one fast and powerful MGB when it is finished!
Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
This Mercedes 280 looked nice and fresh after a respray.
Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
A genuine Ford Escort RS200 awaiting restoration.
Take to the Road Feature BMW 502 Restoration Shop Visit with the Waterloo Classics Car Club
A VW Beetle taken back to bare metal. What a cool look!

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