Beaulieu to showcase Andy Saunders exhibition

National Motor Museum will launch a new summer display – The Art of Kustom – featuring Andy Saunders’ latest creation, Metropolis, at Hot Rod and Custom Drive-In Day on June 17

Beaulieu will launch its new summer exhibition dedicated to car customiser Andy Saunders – and the display provides a rare opportunity to get up close with some of the most unusual cars in existence.

The Art of Kustom features creations from the imagination of the South Coast-based customiser extraordinaire, and will also see the unveiling of his most recent machine. Christened Metropolis, it's the latest in a line of more than 50 car projects, and will form the centrepiece of the National Motor Museum exhibition.

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Metropolis is crafted from a Peugeot 202 pick-up, which Saunders discovered as a rusted wreck in a French field three years ago and believes had been requisitioned by invading forces during World War Two.

Working his trademark magic on the ruined bodywork, the kustom king has widened the stance and lowered the body over replacement underpinnings, making for a retro workhorse with a difference.

Visitors to the National Motor Museum will get their first glimpse of Metropolis on the exhibition launch day – Fathering Sunday, June 17, 2018. Coinciding with the annual Hot Rod and Custom Drive-In Day, the event will also see Saunders himself drive one of his unique creations around the attraction’s grounds. The full showcase of his work will remain within the museum until September.

Individual exhibits in The Art of Kustom have been gathered from private collections across the continent. Besides Metropolis, the display will include a 1937 Cord, a spaceship-styled Citroën, a Reliant Rialto race car, the world’s shortest Mini and a road-going speedboat.

One of Saunders’ earliest creations, the famous shortened 1964 Mini Ha Ha, has been freshly restored to join the exhibition, which will mark the first time the car has been shown since the 1980s. The new owner has pulled out all the stops to ensure the Mini is in the same prime condition as it was when originally seen more than 30 years ago.

Saunders came up with the original concept while still at school, and built Ha Ha on a shoestring when he was just 20 years old. It was even his everyday car when first completed – and is apparently capable of wheelies in reverse.

His 1937 Cord, also known as Tetanus, is one of his most widely acclaimed projects, and took 14 years to complete. The rare American automobile was originally plucked from a Yorkshire field, having spent 50 years rotting into the mud. The name came from a friend’s declaration when he first saw the rotten Cord’s hulk: ‘I’m not touching that without a tetanus shot!’

Entry to The Art of Kustom is covered by the standard admission to Beaulieu, which also allows access to the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear and On Screen Cars displays. Entry is also included with a Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day event ticket.

Get a closer look at Andy Saunders’ Tetanus!

You can find out more on the official Beaulieu website.

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