Gerry, you have to be kidding. Crass? It looked spectacular. They cost him a small fortune. They looked spectacular on the fully restored car.If you fit the original riveted brake linings and properly centralise the shoes to the drums the brakes are excellent. The problem today is that people opt for bonded linings that are way too hard. My original 53 light 15 I had in 1966 was able to pull to a dead halt from 35MPH in 30 feet. They were always noted for having superior brakes to most other motor cars of the day. Sure pedal pressures are higher because the system is unassisted but highly effective in any case.
OMG white wall tyres?? How crass!