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The rear axle was stripped and cleaned and the chassis and running gear renovated.
Andre Zlattinger, Sotheby's director of Scottish pictures, said yesterday that it was difficult to value his work.
But he said: "I am expecting huge interest in these seven paintings."Vettriano himself recalled the Bluebird commission.
The crankcase was metal stitched, the crankshaft re-ground and polished, new conrods, pistons, valves, springs, gudgeon pins and bearings fitted.
The main bearing was refurbished and the damaged cylinder bore re-lined.
It might only have taken a few minutes of preparation this week but it was the culmination of years of detailed research and 2,000 hours of skilled labour on the 17.6-litre V12 engine of Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Sunbeam 350hp — which he called Bluebird — after disaster struck in 1994.