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Repairs and rebuilds of classic sports and saloon cars...


We have a great deal of expertise in classic Mercedes and we usually have at least three being worked on at any one time.

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Sports, racing and saloons from the twenties through to late pre war...


We have lost count of how many Triumph TRs we have rebuilt over the last 20 years. We have also rebuilt many Spitfires and GT models...


In 2015 we moved to modern purpose built workshops. At any time our experienced staff can be working on up to 20 cars doing jobs from complete rebuilds to repairs and routine seasonal servicing...


Over the years we have rebuilt hundreds of engines. We have extensive expertise in engines dating from the turn of the century although we draw the line at modern supercars as we do not have the necessary diagnostic equipment for them. If in doubt please ask.

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1974 Hillman Avenger saloon

The Rootes Group introduced the Hillman Avenger in 1970 as their contender in the fiercely competitive small family car sector. It rivalled the Morris Marina, Vauxhall Viva and Ford Escort and generally was reckoned to be more luxurious, exclusive and ‘up market’ than the others. This example has been in the possession of the same owner for many years and is regarded as a family member. So when the car became in need of much restoration, this was undertaken although the end result cost many times more than its current market value. But, as there is no intention ever to sell it, such considerations are to a certain extent academic.

Hillman Avenger for restoration

This photograph shows the car as it arrived; a non-runner with filler evident in the wings and rust on the bonnet. Underneath it was much worse . . .

Hillman Avenger for restoration

The car had been parked outside for many years and the ultraviolet rays of the sun had bleached and distorted the interior trim and plastic. This was to cause us many headaches later.

Hillman Avenger for restoration

The engine bay wasn't a pretty sight and much work was needed here. The engine needed a full rebuild and everything else in the engine bay had suffered from oil and corrosion over the years.

Hillman Avenger for restoration

Stripping the bodyshell down revealed extensive rusting. The outer front panel was very poor but the inner one was mostly saveable.

Hillman Avenger for restoration

This front side view of the nearside sill shows the localised rot. We make up our own panel sections for small areas like this and always cut the rust out, especially on the welded seams. Although this makes the work slightly more expensive it pays dividends in the long term.

Hillman Avenger for restoration

The bodyshell is nearly ready for painting. The wings and doors are new - we were lucky to find them. So is the bonnet which is actually a 'new old' panel - an original Rootes panel that had been in storage for 30 odd years. We later shot blasted it to remove the surface rust prior to painting. The grille is fitted temporarily to ensure adequate clearances with adjacent panels.

Hillman Avenger for restoration

Just back from the paint shop, the bodyshell has been sprayed throughout in its original colour, except underneath which is a neutral black colour.

Hillman Avenger restoration installing the engine

Here the restored engine and gearbox are being re-fitted. Some of the engine bay fittings were restored whilst others had to be renewed if we could find them.

Hillman Avenger finished restoration under the bonnet

And here is the finished engine bay looking like it would have in the showroom over 30 years ago. It is MOT'd and all ready to go.

Hillman Avenger finished interior restoration

Hillman Avenger finished interior restoration

A rear view of the finished car. I always liked the distinctive 'banana shaped' rear lights of the Mark 1 Avengers - sadly this feature was removed on later models. There are new hubcaps but they weren't fitted when this photo was taken - they were actually in the boot!

Hillman Avenger finished restoration

And here she is, just like new, looking superb and ready to give just as much driving pleasure as more exotic classic cars. She is now kept in a garage, safely away from the ravages of sun and rain.

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