Classic Car Bodywork
A classic car’s bodywork is one of the major components that gives any vehicle its soul, and it’s hard not to be seduced by the sleek lines and highly engineered curves of a classic that’s been well looked after and faithfully restored.
However a well loved classic is also well used, and time can take its toll on even the most robust classic cars, leaving its scars in the form of scratches and dents and even rust and rot in some older models. That’s why our team of expert craftsmen at Carrosserie is dedicated to bodywork of the highest standards, using a trained eye and an experienced hand to restore original parts of craft brand new ones to give your car the look it deserves.
You may have heard of the extraordinary work that our craftsmen do every day to breathe new life into old and unique classic cars, building back from the ground up using ash frames and newly created panels made using an English Wheel, but we believe that future classics deserve that same high quality treatment just as much. That’s why our team is prepared to work with a wide range of tools and materials, from the oldest and simplest to the most modern and sophisticated, to achieve that exceptional finish on every project, every time. Whether we’re working in wood, steel, aluminium, plastic or fiberglass, we always hold ourselves to the highest standards of work to produce results that would have made the original designers proud.
The skill and dedication required to produce high quality bodywork for such a diverse range of vehicles is uncommon enough, but in the work we do at Carrosserie this is only half the story. Our craftsmen are also dedicated to creating period accurate and model specific bodywork using heritage techniques that would have been familiar to the original builders, no matter how difficult or time consuming the process may be. This may involve using age old techniques such as sandbags and hammers for panel beating, all the way up to the very latest in measuring and sizing equipment for millimeter accurate precision. In order to achieve the ultimate in accuracy, no matter how rare your vehicle is or when it was built, our craftsmen will go the extra mile to ensure they know as much about its style and design and possible to create the highest quality replica. This can involve using archive photography, existing examples and even scale models of real life examples to aid in their work. In one instance we tracked down the bonnet of John Surtees’ Honda RA301, wrecked during a crash at Monza’s Italian Grand Prix in 1968, in order to use it as a reference for the restoration of a similar car. Combined with a 1/20 scale model for the rest of the car’s bodywork, our team was able to craft the entire project in aluminium for a 100% period accurate finish.
This may seem excessive to anyone else, but at Carrosserie we are classic car enthusiasts to the core, and we understand the level of dedication and obsession it takes to treat one the way it deserves to be treated, and nothing is too much for our engineers.