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About Us

Classic & Retro, one of the premier classic car specialist companies in Essex. We are a leading automotive works company, specialising in all aspects of servicing, repairs, auto electrics, recommissioning and restoration of classic and retro vehicles from the pre-war ere through to the 1990's.

Through meticulous attention to detail and appreciation of the heritage and history of these motor vehicles our automotive business has grown to forge a reputation as one of  the leading workshops in the East of England. At Classic & Retro we strive to deliver consistenly high levels of workmanship on every project that we undertake. Our skilled mechanics, body shop team, treat every project big or small with the love and attention which these cars require. It's why we're renowed and recommended by so many classic car owners. We believe that there is more to motoring than simply getting from A to B. Maybe we're just soppy romantics at heart, but ask any classic car enthusiast why he/she drives a classic and we are sure the response will most likely take the form of bumbling nonsensical arguments. It isn't because we don't know why we own classic cars, it's because it draws our an emotion from within that is not always rational and it';s not always sensible. we own these cars because we love them., it really is as simple as that.

Making the decision to own a classic car is not always a decision which you will make with your head and classic car ownership isn't everybody's cup of tea, but I promise you that there is a classic car out there for everyone. Whether you fall in love with the authentic and unique character of a Morris Minor Traveller, the beautiful lines of an E-toe Jaguar, or the sense of fun you'll find in an MG, there is a reason why we all try to rationalise the irrational.

If you are interested in purchasing a classic car, please contact us and we will be happy to give you some honest advice on the car you've fallen for. We'll come along and carry out a pre-purchase check on the vehicle so you know what you're getting for your money.


Meet the Team

The team at Classic & Retro is small but have a wealth of experience under their belts. 

Chris Martin, Director/Owner - Chris has worked with classic cars for a number of years. Nine years ago he decide after working for other companies that he would venture out on his own and started in a small workshop. Over the years his customer base has increased along with the size of his workshop in 2015 Classic & Retro came to be. Chris still own's the MK 1 Escort 1300e he bought when he was 19 years old.

Beverley Matthams, Business Manager/Company Secretary - Beverley has come from a varied back ground working in both the private and public sector alone with a wealth of experience and skills incl. business management and administration, project management, HR and recruitment. Beverley would love to own an Aston Martin.

David Forrester, Classic Vehicle Technician - David comes with over 30 years experience and skills in mechanic, panel beating and paint finishing. He has honed his skills at Lotus, Alfa and Jenson. David is currently driving a MG Midget and has raced Nation Hot Rods and at club level in Ford Escorts.