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Salvage Hunters star on emotional restoration reveal to widow It filled in a gap

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Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars is back and the TV series features some iconic vehicles. Paul Cowland and Drew Pritchard came across a Vauxhall Viva with a fascinating past. Cowland spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the emotional restoration journey.

The sixth instalment of Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars takes viewers back to the early 60s when the Vauxhall Viva was first made.

One Cowland and Pritchard discovered a rare find in the form of a completely untouched Viva.

Speaking about the discovery, Cowland told Express.co.uk: “What was interesting was that car had almost managed to come through the time capsule from the late 60s, early 70s completely untouched.

“That almost never happens, with most cars as they go through different periods, fashion in cars is a lot like fashion in everyday life.

“It changes dramatically and what happens is cars will often get updated with the fashion of the time and things will be added.

“So for that car to survive the whole way through and never be changed was incredibly exciting.”

The car was owned by the same man from his 17th birthday right up until he died in 2019.

Cowland said: “A lot of cars then were tasteless, they looked really cool in the 70s but they don’t necessarily look good now.

“Whereas that car still looked remarkably fresh and very factory special, we thought ‘what a cool thing to restore’.”

At the time, they had no idea they were going to be able to contact the owner’s widow.

He added: “You don’t necessarily know if they want to be reminded, whether that’s a good or bad thing.

“We try and be very sensitive about that kind of stuff, we found out she was delighted the car was going to be saved and was going to be restored to how he did it.

“It was just lovely, of all the people you want to impress she was the one we wanted the approval from.”

The pair found the restoration one of the most emotional as it opened up the widow’s eyes to a part of her husband’s life she knew very little about.

Cowland continued: “She was saying the whole time they had been together he owned that car.

“He moved it to about 15 different garages and he always said ‘I’d love to finish it’ and she could never understand why.

“She could never understand what was so special about that car. That was his first car, he had it since he was 17.

“Just to show her not only that we had finished it exactly the way he wanted it to be done, but to actually help her to understand why it was so special to him for her, it filled in a gap that she didn’t know about her husband.

“Cars are a very emotional thing if you’re an enthusiast and to take her on that journey was such a wonderful thing.”

The pair were delighted to discover the car also had a genuine Blydenstein engine.

Bill Blydenstein was the famous Vauxhall tuning and cylinder head expert.

He would mark all of the engines he had worked on with his initials and Cowland and Pritchard went to find out whether the Viva’s engine was the real deal.

They were thrilled to discover Blydenstein had touched the engine with his own hands, which made the car all the more special.

Season 6 of Salvage Hunters Classic Cars airs on Quest at 9pm on Wednesdays. The series is available to stream on Discovery+

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