Restoring classic cars is all about having a respect for the past and an eye on the future, and that’s an ethos that has run through The Carrosserie Company since the very start back in 2001.
From humble beginnings, founders Dick & Steve grew the business on the solid foundations of exceptional craftsmanship, unfailing attention to detail and a longstanding commitment to working methodically. Moving to larger premises in Barnard Castle and employing seven highly skilled craftsmen, the pair established Carrosserie as one of the biggest names in Britain for high quality classic car repair, revival and restoration.
Word soon spread, and before long car owners were bringing their classic car projects from all over Britain and the world to receive the care and attention they deserved from the Carrosserie team, many of them exceptional examples of their type or even unique or world first models and marques. Despite this success, the commitment to deploying best in field techniques and genuine heritage methods for classic car restoration, to never cutting corners and always working to the highest standards, was applied to every car to enter the workshop. It was this way that Dick & Steve acquired their most prized asset: A large and loyal customer base delighted by the new life that the whole team breathed into their own personal masterpieces.
Before retiring in 2020, it was the pair’s wish that the business be passed on to someone who would be able to put that company ethos into practice. To truly respect the grand traditions of Carrosserie’s past, while bringing the company forward to grow in the future, which is exactly what Neil Atkinson planned when buying the business.
With a lifelong love of cars born when he dismantled his first Ford Escort 1300 engine at nine years old, and a background in racing and racing engineering, Neil took over the business and the fantastic team of experienced craftsmen and engineers to begin the next chapter in Carrosserie history. Heritage and classic cars remain the lifeblood of the company, and the Carrosserie commitment to providing the best possible services and craftsmanship to any vehicle and marquee that enters the workshop, but with an eye on the future Neil plans to expand into the next generation of classic cars.
The fantastic service and exceptional craftsmanship that Carrosserie bring to bear on all their projects is usually reserved for the rarest and finest models in existence, but the preserving the classics of the future means treating cars of the last two decades with equal care as the ones a half century old. No car deserves to be neglected, and applying those same principles of high quality, methodical work to newer models will ensure that more examples of the best in automotive engineering will survive well into the future for the next generation of enthusiasts to enjoy.
The Carrosserie of today is the best of both worlds, employing that same eclectic range of skills and experience that made the company famous to an ever growing range of vehicles, to ensure that the classics of yesterday and today can fulfill their full potential tomorrow.