Recognised as one of the worlds leading Aston Martin restorers, we can complete a full ground up restoration on any model, no project is too daunting.
The first step is to fully understand what you want your finished car to look and perform like, and how you will use it, before we complete a restoration plan for you to review and discuss.
A full ground up restoration is only quoted for once the chassis has been stripped back, so that we can fully understand the condition of the chassis, suspension, engine, component parts and interior. We will work through with you what areas you want to retain as original as possible and where you want to put your own personality on the car by choosing new trim materials, paint colour, performance or comfort enhancements.
Your Aston Martin may be showing signs of its age and you may want a partial restoration on a troublesome areas. Or perhaps you have seen a car that you are interested in buying, but that needs some work and improvements to get it to your desired standard.
Partial restorations are popular with clients who want to preserve as much of the originality as possible. Paintwork, bodywork repairs and mechanical repairs can be carried out, rather than a wholesale replacement of components. We can also make enhancements to your car including power steering, brake upgrades, air conditioning, in-car entertainment and suspension improvements.
If a full ground-up restoration is your desire, after working out a base quote for you we will strip your car back to a bare chassis and assess all areas of the body, suspension and component parts. The engine is removed and stripped at a later stage if a rebuild is included.
Until we get into all areas of the car it is impossible to see just what wear and tear and damage may have been caused over the years. Once we have assessed each area and component a restoration plan and budget is presented to you for your feedback and approval before the next stage begins.
Once a specification for the restoration is agreed the car is stripped down to the bare chassis which is then sent to an Aston Martin body specialist for a full repair. On completion the car returns to our workshops to have the body panels refitted, this is known as pre-fit, to ensure they are still aligned after the chassis repairs. The car is then ready to go to paint.
Now ready for paint your car is taken to highly experienced paintshop close to our workshops where it is put into a spray booth for a full body respray. A lacquer is added before the car is polished and checked to ensure it is in perfect condition.
Your engine is first removed from the engine bay and any repairs to that area can be carried out. Once removed your engine is stripped down and serviced. With the ability to work with leading industry specialists where required we have the expertise on hand to see what is going on with the heart of your Aston Martin to ensure that you are getting the best driving performance and reliability.
The rebuild is the lengthiest part of any restoration and begins with a dedicated technician reviewing the specification document created with you at the start of the project. The suspension is first rebuilt before they move on to the braking system, fitting all wiring looms, finalising engine bay work before refitting the engine.
Moving to the interior more wiring is installed before the dashboard, gauges and any interior chome work are fitted. The final process is when the car is trimmed in leather and carpet of your choice, before extensive road testing and final checks are completed.
Handing over a newly restored car to a client is one of the best parts of our business. A relationship is built during the restoration and the clients are kept up to date as to progress, so they feel they know their car before they see it again. A comprehensive leather bound history file is provided, adding provenance to the car and providing a record of the transformation. At handover a client can come and spend as much time as they like with Desmond and the team, test driving, getting a feel for their car again before they feel ready to make the final trip home.