Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Bentley MKVI ash frame repair and full body respray

Fully detailed Bentley MKVI engine compartment

Lagonda V12 bare metal respray just completed

Sorry for the quality of the picture, but the vehicle was tucked away!

Lagonda V12. Bare metal respray. Superb!

Mitchell Motors are used by classic car insurers.

It is common knowledge that insurers are careful with their funds, demand good quality work and require contracts to be completed on time.

Mitchell Motors are regularly used by insurers to complete accident repair work on classic vehicles. A testiment to the quality of what we do.

Future projects.........

Pictures below show the eclectic nature of the vehicles we restore or refurbish.

All are imminent future projects that include some rare cars with an incredible provenance. Please subscribe to the news link if you wish to be kept informed of the progress of these projects.
Aston Martin DB2/4 with rare provenance



Aston Martin V8 respray and detail

A few minor blemishes that amounted to the car requiring a full paint refurbishment.
Aston Martin V8 after respray

Derby Bentley. A nightmare in wood

An example of a task very few restorers would be competent to take on, being a full pre-war Derby Bentley restoration.
Wood frame in need of expert help

Bentley in need of the Mitchell Motors touch

Bristol 402 - Full body off restoration

Bristol 402 mid-restoration

The client wanted a restoration that kept as much of the original vehicle as possible, conducted by a restorer that knows the Bristol marque inside out. Having previously restored concours winning Bristols, we were the natural choice.

Arguably retaining as much of the aluminium body is a more difficult approach than throwing it away and creating a new one from scratch. But would that be the correct way forward? In this case both ourselves and the customer felt no and jointly we have adopted an approach of saving as much of the original body as possible.

With extensive knowledge of the pitfalls of restoring this type of vehicle means that our clients are not paying for our learning curve and additionally end up with a well executed result.

Attention to detail guaranteed

Engine bay refurbishment of a pre-production VELAR Range Rover

Having already restored a collectable Land-Rover Range Rover CSK, we were delighted when we were asked to undertake an engine bay refurbishment of one of the twenty pilot-build Range Rover Velar 100 inch station wagons Land-Rover created prior to full production starting.

Why are they known as VELAR? Two opinions have been put forward. One version states because Mike Dunn, an engineer at Alvis wanted to create a decoy name for pre-production Range Rovers and out of the letters in ALVIS and ROVER created the pseudonym VELAR. The alternative is that the name is an amalgam of  V Eight LAnd Rover.

The car we re-invigorated was NXC 245H being chassis number 40.

As always with jobs such as this experience, sympathy with original production methods, attention to detail and good paint practice amongst many other issues all add together to create a job well done.

Engine bay detailed and with a few miles under the VELAR's wheels
...and again
We have already been commissioned to restore another Range Rover (picture below) and loving these vehicles and with the relevent experience would welcome enquiries for more restorations of this type. Please contact Andy Mitchell on 01747 820223 to discuss any work you feel your vehicle requires.

Early stages of a Land-Rover Range Rover restoration

Mitchell Motors - An introduction

A lot happens at Mitchell Motors and therefore, we have decided to set up a "news" section on our website to keep previous, present and potential future clients a better irdea of our range of skills and experience.

In the first instance, please look at our website. It has a wealth of information about us including cars created from scratch, concours wins for cars we have restored and a small amount about us as a firm.

Having proved ourselves with cars that are old style classics, over the next year we will be targeting more recent classics including 70's and 80's exotica as well as more mainstream modern classics such as Ford Escort RS2000.