Then, the price of crude plummets to rock bottom and the project is put on hold. Shortly thereafter, the car – now in parts and pieces - are sold to Mr. Hathaway.
For the next 15 years, the dismantled car languishes in crates stored safely in the loft space of Mr. Hathaway's home garage workshop waiting to be reborn. Various schemes are envisioned. One involves twin turbo chargers and a full roll cage – a streetable version of Hathaway's famous Bonneville speed record SM. However, the surgery required to realize this idea is deemed too radical for the good bones of this particular car (though this is still a compelling, if totally bonkers, notion).
Finally, in 2006, the decision is made to restore the car to its stock specification and original white color. Over the course of nearly 3 years, the car is painstakingly and lovingly refurbished and reassembled. Every system is renovated or replaced: body, engine, hydraulics, transmission, brakes, steering, electrical, interior and trim. All refurbished original or NOS parts are used. Even the period radio is rebuilt (with modern internals).