Renner Auto – a workshop for classics, today

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This Motorvated adventure started when I read about an immaculate, shed built Ford GT40 in the August 2017 issue of Street Machine. It’s such an amazing build; it’s unfair to call it a replica.

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The owner Jason Ferraro has a keen eye for detail that shows in every part of the car. Have a read of it here. At the end of the article, SM mentioned that the owner Jason had started his own business, Renner Auto in Melbourne.

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Having captured my attention with his GT40, I couldn’t help but imagine what a glorious place the workshop would be. I instantly called the workshop and planned my visit.

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At first, just finding the workshop was a task as it is hidden away from the sights of the street. This only heightened my anticipation, because who doesn’t love a secret workshop?

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As I walked in I was greeted with a new project yearning to be transformed into a thing of beauty. The Beck Speedster is a Renner Auto specialty and just like the others, when complete, she’ll roll out like a streamline butterfly.

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The Beck Speedster will be powered by a Subaru 2.4L Boxer Flat Four; a great example of Renner Auto’s classic form and modern function combos.

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Considering Renner Auto has only been open for a short time, they have certainly been busy with a range of great projects.

Other builds include classics from the same era such as the Jaguar XJ13 and of course, the Ford GT40.

What I didn’t expect was to come across a world-class build only a week away from being revealed at the Sydney Hot Rod and Custom Auto Expo in May. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time as no one was supposed to know about this car prior to the show. I certainly wasn’t about to reveal any photos and ruin 8 months of keeping it under wraps.

renner-auto-2018-domenic-ciccio-00025What you’re looking at here is a custom 1950 Ford Mercury. With the already painted body and chassis, Renner Auto put everything together including custom curved glass, electricals, fuel system, custom-made headlights and taillights plus, CNC machined parts and carbon fibre cabin structures.

renner-auto-2018-domenic-ciccio-00019I’m still amazed that I was allowed to visit the workshop with the deadline looming so close. I am so thankful to Jason and the guys for showing me around. I hope I can make it back to Renner Auto and show you guys a finished Beck Speedster in its true glory.

Stay tuned for a look into the Sydney Hot Rod & Custom Auto Expo!

Thank you

Domenic Ciccio

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