The Restoration Process
Restoration is both a science and an art. It's a combination of processes, a blend of conservation, preservation, refurbishment, renewal and rebuilding that, when used appropriately, preserves as much of the original car as possible, both materially, in personality and in spirit. Restoration can be a daunting task.
Simply replacing worn out components and damaged body parts isn't restoration. It may be easier and less expensive to simply replace a particular component, but doing so means that part of the original car is lost forever – taken to the extreme, it's a process that will eventually result in a 'new' car, its originality and value seriously compromised.
Returning a classic car to its former glory can only be achieved with technical excellence and outstanding craftsmanship, underpinned with knowledge and experience, passion and perfectionism. Work is carried out to exacting standards by a team who are passionate about what they do: it's the quality of workmanship, the accuracy of fit, the authenticity of the 'look and feel' that is poured back into the car that counts.
A very personalised project
Every restoration project is unique. The make and model of the car, its age, its historical significance, its rarity, the condition it's in and what you want us to do all affect the project that's developed. You may have an exceptionally rare competition model that's been standing in a garage for years and that you want brought back to 'Concours' standard, or you may have a lovingly cared for 'production car' that needs little more than the paint work refinished and a thorough service.
Our first steps are to carry out a basic, but very thorough, assessment of what you have and then talk to you in detail about what you'd like us to do. Our initial assessment usually results in numerous questions, either for us to address or you to answer, along with a list of 'things to consider'. Either may influence what you ask us to do.
The result of the assessment, combined with the outcome of our discussions with you, means we can start to finalise a plan for restoring your car. The project plan will be unique and will set out a detailed programme of potential work, provide cost estimates and give a projected timetable.