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Welcome to Classic & Retro

Classic Car Restoration Specialists in Essex

Welcome to Classic & Retro, one of the premier classic car restoration companies in Essex. We are a leading automotive works company, specialising in the restoration of classic and retro cars from the pre-war era through to the 1990's.

Through meticulous attention to detail and appreciation of the heritage and history of these motor vehicles, our car restoration 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 consistently high levels of workmanship on every project that we undertake. Our skilled mechanics, bodyshop team, and upholsters treat every restoration project with the love and attention which these cars require.It's why we're renowned and recommended by so many classic car owners.

Please take a moment to explore our website, we hope that you will be able to see why we're so proud of the work that we do at Classic & Retro.

If you would like more information about any of our classic car restoration projects, call our workshop in Essex on 01787 828083.

Servicing, Repairs, Recommissioning & MoTs

Does your Classic Car need some TLC, we are now taking bookings for servicing, repairs, MoTs and recommissioning for August September and October. Book early to ensure your Classic Car gets the service it deserves.

The photos are of the Monaco Grand Prix (Nos. 1 - 7, 1956 ; No. 8 1955) for further information please click on the photo.

Current projects

The workshop is a hive of activity with regular servicing and repairs to classic cars. We also have a number of restoration projects both long and short term. We will be updating our websitea, Facebook and Twitter on the progress of each project, these projects will also be on our projects pages of the website.

You can also keep up to date on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Click on picture below to see progress of current projects.

Car Sales

Classic & Retro from time to to have classic cars for sales, keep an eye out on our website for details.

TV Series "For the love of Cars"

Chris Martin - Owner/Director of Classic & Retro Ltd, was asked to be invloved in a TV programme called "For the Love of Cars" to work on restoring a MK1 Escort Mexico in the first series and a Ford Transit Van in the second series with Ant Anstead and his team at Evanta. For further information click here.

MK1 Escort Mexico - Rally Spec

Getting some miles on this beauty before she goes back to her owner Brian Jaggs. Has undergone a full restoration at Classic & Retro. Click picture for further information on the project additional.  Full project details will be added in August.

Customer Testimonials

To see our customer testimonials, click on here

1989 Alfa Spider S3

“ I found Classic & Retro by chance, when I came with a friend to drop his car off at a neighbouring garage. My 1989 Alfa Spider S3 needed some bodywork and mechanical work doing. So I checked out their website, liked what I saw and booked an appointment with Beverley, Chris & Dave. 

From the start, I can only say that it has been an absolute pleasure to work with the Classic & Retro team. Their total understanding of what the customer wants, their knowledge and know how, of how to get things fixed where others couldn’t. Their suggestions on how to approach specific problems has been a real eye opener. There is nothing that Alfa specialist Dave Forrester doesn’t know when it comes to a fickle Alfa engine, a rusting Alfa panel or a failing Italian cooling system.

All the work was estimated prior to them starting the job - so there were no surprises when it came to the final invoices. A huge thank you to all the team. I would recommend Classic & Retro to all fellow classic car owners for a friendly superb all round service”.

Sam Ruggles-Brise. Finchingfield  -  August 2017