The next time you see a beautifully restored MG, Triumph, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Sunbeam or Datsun Z car, think to yourself “I’m looking at a Mail Order Masterpiece!” Unlike a lot of American iron, these imports are fairly easy to get parts for. All you have to do is pick up the catalogs that Moss Motors (www.mossmotors.com) and Victoria British (www.victoriabritish.com) give away by the thousands.
These catalogs actually serve as “workshop manuals” for many people working on sports cars and some other imports. They are both filled with mechanical blow-up drawings that show the parts and usually the way they go together. In addition, both catalogs contain marginal notes and side bar tips on how to do unusually hard jobs.
We’d guess that you could get 75-80 percent of the parts you need for a full frame-up restoration from either catalog house. And if you live in the continental U.S., it will only take a few days before you have the parts in your hand. Whether you’re rebuilding an engine, trimming an interior or tracking down an electrical short, catalogs like these will come in handy for info and parts.
Now, wouldn’t it be nice if you could rebuild a Hudson, a Packard or a Willys-Overland as a Mail Order Masterpiece? There are plenty of catalogs for Mustang, Camaro and Corvette parts, but when you are working on other models, you’re more likely to run into disorder than mail order.