Classic Car Restoration

As our name implies, a very large section of our business is restoration of the Classic & Vintage motor cars which our clients love and wish to return to their former elegance and mechanical superiority. We do restoration work on all makes of quality vehicles, our skills and knowledge are transferable, and the same standards of workmanship are applied to whatever we are doing.

Our workshops although grouped within our large mainly traditionally stone-built building are kept as separate entities. Our newly refurbished mechanical/electrical workshop occupies 5000 square feet which gives adequate space for servicing work and also allows us to have discrete clean areas for engine building and other delicate tasks, requiring very clean conditions.

Our body-shop area of about 6000 sq feet has a body restoration area of 2000 sq ft where both woodworking on ash-frames and related metalwork is carried out by our highly skilled craftsmen. We have a separate preparation for painting area and a modern paint-spraying booth and oven to enable us to produce the bespoke paintwork required on restored vehicles.

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Previous Restorations

For every marque and every era, we return cars back to their former glory.

Alvis TD21
  • Alvis TD21
  • The Alvis TD21 model was built between 1958 and 1963. This vehicle came to us needing a major paintwork, panel and mechanical overhaul. Now a true Gentleman's Carriage.
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
  • Arrol Johnston
  • This delightful 1904 Double Dog Cart needed a new crankcase. We made patterns for it, castings were made in Fife and the machining was done by precision engineers in Dundee.
Aston Martin
  • Derby Bentley
  • A total rebuild on this 4¼ litre saloon with Hooper coachwork. It later won both Bentley Drivers Club 'Concours de Elegance' and the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club 'Concours de Elegance'.
Austin Healey
  • Austin Healey
  • These cars were successful rally entrants and still campaign in Classic rally events. This 1958 Austin Healey came to us for major body repairs following 40 years of use and fast driving.
Bentley Coupe
  • Bentley Drophead Coupe
  • A complete body and mechanical restoration for this 3½ litre Bentley including new upholstery and hood. Brightwork was replated and headlamps re-silvered.
Bentley Derby
  • Bentley Derby
  • This 4¼ Derby Bentley with Van Vooran Pillarless Coachwork came to us a non-running wreck. We fulfilled a complete restoration before returning it to its owner in Chicago, USA.
Bentley Mk VI
  • Bentley Mk VI
  • One of only nine built with Countryman Coachwork by Harold Radford. Taking over after 2 previous failed restorations, we located all body parts to finish the job others couldn't.
BMW 507
  • BMW 507
  • A complete rebuild of the coachwork, originally by Glas, of this very rare BMW 507. Using new parts where possible and manufacturing others ourselves by copying the originals.
Daimler V8 250
  • Daimler V8 250
  • Based on the Jaguar Mk ll body shell, this Daimler model was completely restored for a local gentleman. A prized possesion, never used in bad weather and carefully looked after.
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
  • Jaguar D-Type
  • A replica of Jaguar D Type Racing Car of the 1950's. This car model, although not this actual car, won the famous Le Mans 24 Hour Race four times in the 50's when entered by Ecurie Ecosse.
Jaguar E-Type
  • Jaguar E-Type
  • This 1965 Roadster came to us after we met its owner at a show at the NEC. Owned by him from new, it was however in very poor codition but now fully restored it is back in regular use.
Jaguar XK140
  • Jaguar XK140
  • A 1955 Drophead Coupe rebuilt from a total wreck in our workshop. Work included new panelwork, mechanical rebuild, new hood and new upholstery it has since won many awards.
Jaguar XK150
  • Jaguar XK150
  • This 1960 Jaguar XK150 Fixed Head Coupe came to us in a completely ruinous condition. It took a painstakingly two year period to restore this lovely vehicle to its former glory.
Jaguar 420 DHC
  • Jaguar 420 DHC
  • A conversion originally by Harold Radford Coachworks for a Dundee businessman in 1967. A family descendant asked us to rebuild the car to that original specification.
  • Lagonda
  • This 3 litre Tourer had a complete engine overhaul including new white metal bearings and line-borings of main bearings. Body and paintwork refurbishment was also performed.
Maserati Mistral
  • Maserati Mistral
  • A right hand drive 1966 Maserati Mistral. A very rare car, particularly as a RHD model, we carried out a full overhaul of its suspension, essential servicing and maintenance.
Mercedes Benz 230
  • Mercedes Benz 230 SL
  • A complete restoration of this Mercedes 230 SL for a local lady. Fortunately Mercedes supply most of the body panels for these sought after cars still and we recreated the rest.
MG A Roadster
  • MGA Roadster
  • A 1959 MG Roadster partly dismantled and off the road for years. Completely striped down to a bare chassis we performed a full rebuild with new upholstery and hood.
MG TA Sports
  • MG TA Sports
  • This 30's sports car had a total coachwork overhaul and repaint from bare metal in its signature MG Red. Brightwork was also refurbished restoring the car's smart apperances
G Y-Type
  • MG Y-Type
  • A smart sports saloon car, the MG Y-Type was the manufaturers first post-war closed car. This 1950 model had a full restoration in our workshop including an elaborate interior refit.
Rolls-Royce Phantom II
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom
  • A complete rebuild of this 1933 Phantom II coachwork after accidental damage. We repainted from bare metal, re-plated brightwork and made and fitted a new mohair hood.
Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
  • Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
  • The Silver Dawn was RR's first complete production car, previously all had coachbuilt bodies by specialist coach builders. We rebuilt the engine on this gorgeous 1954 model.
olls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • This fabulous 1922 Silver Ghost underwent a full restoration of the coachwork and a complete repaint from bare metal. Plus all brightwork was re-nickel plated and polished.
Vauxhall Loftus Carlton
  • Vauxhall Lotus Carlton
  • A more modern restoration. This very high performance saloon underwent a complete engine overhaul and rebuilt panelwork with new parts if available and others made when not.
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From Scrap to Finish

An example of a full restoration. This 1950 Riley 2½ litre RMD Drop-head Coupe was nothing but a metal frame when we found it. Now fully restored to its original splendour it is the prized possession of the owner of Classic Restorations.

Riley Restoration 1
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Riley Restoration 3
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Riley Restoration 6
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Riley Restoration 8
Riley Restoration 7

To learn more, our restoration of this rare classic was featured in a magazine article.

Irish Vintage Scene Magazine - December 2015
Click link for full .pdf article

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Cars Restored Worldwide

From all over the World, owners choose us to restore their classic vehicles.

World Map denoting which countieswe have received cars to be restored

It is always a source of massive pride to us that owners from all corners of the globe seek Classic Restorations to restore their cars rather than opt for their 'local' option.

We believe this is because of our unmatched reputation for pristine restorations and the care we take of the car whilst in our possession. And with so many restorations behind us we can easily guide owners on the transportation of their vehicle and offer comprehensive advise upon costs etc.

This map shows the countries we have received cars from and returned back in their full glory, we have restored several vehicles from America alone. But no matter where you are in the World, please enquire about how we can restore your own vehicle back to its absolute best.