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Walking into the RM shop in Blenheim, Ont. is the equivalent of peeking into Santa's workshop, but for the prices of the presents. Wealthy collectors trust only a few shops with their diamonds in the rough: a full restoration can range from $100,000 to $1-million and require one to two years. RM stands alone with an unmatched five best-in-show vehicles at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the foremost event of its kind, at Monterey, Calif., since 2001.

A nearly finished Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing in RM Auto Restoration’s shop near Chatham, Ontario. RM has had an unmatched five best-in-show vehicles at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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Cars in various states of restoration sit on the shop floor at RM Auto Restoration's facility near Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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Vlad Nesic works on the upholstery for a vintage automobile which is being restored at RM Auto Restoration's shop near Chatham, Ontario. Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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Nancy Richards details a car which has been restored by RM Auto Restoration at their facility near Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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Stacey Bilton sand the fenders of a Bugatti for polish in the paint shop at RM Auto Restoration near Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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Sand bags mimic the weight of the engine block on car being restored by RM Auto Restoration at their facility near Chatham, Ontario Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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Stacey Bilton walks through the paint booth at RM Auto Restoration near Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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Al Sterling works on the instrument cluster of a 1935 Auburn at RM Auto Restoration near Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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General Manager Mario Van Raay stands by a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing which is being restored by RM Auto Restoration at their facility near Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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Paul Garant works on some upholstery at RM Auto Restoration in Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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Vlad Nesic works on the upholstery for a vintage automobile which is being restored at RM Auto Restoration's shop near Chatham, Ontario. Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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A nearly finished Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing sits in RM Auto Restoration's shop near Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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Shop Foreman Ernie Morreau, left, and Quality Control Manager Don McLellan discuss the progress on a customer's Bugatti at RM Auto Restoration's facility near Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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The frame of a Mercedes-Benz 300SL awaits refurbishing at RM Auto Restoration near Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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The staff at RM Auto Restoration share a laugh during a break at the company's facility near Chatham, Ontario, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.GEOFF ROBINS/The Globe and Mail

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