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Classic Car Hood Framed Pantographs

Older classic cars are the same as newer models in many ways, and while the materials may differ and styles change as quickly as the seasons, there is much in common whether your vehicle is 20, 50 or one hundred years old.

Despite this there are some specialist areas of restoration that just can’t be tackled by your average mechanic, especially vehicles with a Hood Frame Pantograph, which is where we at Carrosserie are able to show our true quality. Fiendishly complicated in some cases and often designed bespoke for each vehicle, marque and model, Hood Frame Pantographs are designed and built only by the most dedicated and resourceful craftsmen, like the ones primed to breathe new life into your car in our workshop.

Our craftsmen at Carrosserie are able to build Hood Frame Pantographs from scratch, or adapt and repair existing pantographs, for all makes and models of vehicle including Open Tourers and Drop Head Coupés. This includes every step of the process, from measuring and specifying the type of hood frame your car will need, all the way to producing the metalwork and carpentry needed to create the mechanism, and finally the canvas hood that the mechanism operates. Due to the relative rarity of such classic cars on our roads today, the ability to create complex mechanisms such as these to a high standard in keeping with the intentions of your vehicle’s original designer is hard to find. That’s why we have all of the skills necessary to complete projects such as this to a high standard in-house, and work with other restoration companies across Britain to lend our skills.

While the skill to build the mechanism of a Hood Frame Pantograph using wood and metal is a large part of each project, the complexity of fitting an appropriate roof to your vehicle requires another set of skills altogether. Many rare or unique cars are built to completely bespoke standards using measurements and materials that are different from vehicle to vehicle, and ensuring that our work is in keeping with the original design requires diligent research and problem solving skills to provide the highest quality results for your car. This could involve tracking down existing examples, using original photographs or schematics, or creating something completely new. While it means that we will need to host your car in our workshop for the duration of the project, it also means you will have the most accurate and authentic replacement, built to original standards and specifications.

Whether your car is 20, 50 or 100 years old, each individual masterpiece deserves the best quality and most period accurate restoration available. Choosing The Carrosserie Company to carry out that project is the best way to ensure that every element of your vehicle’s restoration, including rare or complex skills like building and restoring Hood Frame Pantographs, is carried out with the utmost care and professionalism.


Buying or restoring a classic car isn’t an end, it’s the start of a long term relationship with a living piece of history with a past, present and future all of its own. If you’re ready to start that journey, why not get in touch with the team at The Carrosserie Company?