“I first contacted Aidan at AV Classics in November 2015. I was part way through the dismantling of a 1956 MGA and needed to find a company with the necessary skills and that shared my passion for classic cars, to undertake a full body-off restoration to bring the car up to concourse condition.
Aidan visited me in Kingston-upon-Thames and it was immediately obvious that he both appreciated what I was hoping to achieve with the restoration but more importantly had a deep knowledge of the car, its potential and what was needed. We set a target date for the completion of the car so it could be taken to the Goodwood revival meeting in September 2016.
Aidan and his team performed miracles; the car was stripped down to a bare chassis and fully rebuilt, the engine converted to unleaded, the gearbox and drive train refurbished along with the brakes, a Kenloe fan added, the interior was replaced and a new hood fitted. But what stands out above all else is the paintwork. It is astonishing.
The car was delivered back to me in time for Goodwood and was selected by Sir Stirling Moss in to the Best in Show judging at Goodwood Revival. To say I was proud would be an understatement. Take a look in the Portfolio you will see Isabel and me stood alongside an immaculate grey MGA with a red roof.
The story doesn’t stop here, I subsequently acquired a Jaguar XK150S that is with AV Classics to undergo a full restoration and there’s a Series 1 E-type with my name on it that is also undergoing a restoration and significant upgrade. And, possibly the greatest endorsement, I trusted the team with my daughter’s Mini, the green Mini Cooper pictured in the Portfolio.
In fact, I’ve been so impressed with Aidan and the team that I’m no longer simply a client, I’ve become a shareholder. Those of you reading this that are old enough may remember a certain Victor Kiam that professed that he; “liked it (the product) so much, I bought the company”, I understand that now.”
“Earlier this year our 1963 Rover 95 went to AV Classics for a re-spray, re-chrome, new wiring loom and a number of other jobs required to bring it to the condition we desired. We have now got the car back and are delighted with the result. The new paintwork is exceptional, we have other classic cars that have been re-sprayed by other companies but the Rover is by far the best, and the skilled workforce at AV Classics are to be congratulated on such a good job. All other work on the Rover was also of a very high standard and the car now looks most impressive. Throughout the project we were kept informed as to progress and had two very useful visits to the workshop whilst the work was being done. It is with confidence that I would recommend AV Classics to anyone who is considering restorative work on their automotive pride and joy.” Trevor Rawlins
“Many thanks to Aidan, Joe and the team for re-painting my Messerschmitt Bubble car with such care and attention to detail. I have very high standards and restore my cars to top show winning condition and AV Classics were able to help me achieve the standard of paint finish i wanted. I had been searching for a Company for a long time that knows how to treat and work on classics to this standard and via the Aston Martin Piston Heads site found AV Classics. To top it all they are about a mile from where I live!!! I will definitely use them again for my Aston later this year and have no hesitation recommending them for body work. I wish them the very best of luck for the future and thank you!” Dave Watson
“I popped Valerion (my DB9) across to the most capable hands of Aidan at AV Classics to sort the odd spots of corrosion and a give the car a respray for a tenth birthday present – I had decided the car was a keeper! The results were frankly superb and to my eyes better the the factory finish – a beautiful mirror smooth finish. Indeed Aidan and the boys seem being kept busy by Gaydons finest as quite a few went through his workshops for paint while mine was there. On top of this I had the wheels re-powder coated (in Tungsten rather that the original DB9 LM grey) and diamond cut once more. If the exterior wasn’t enough I went a little mad (actually, probably very mad), and commissioned Aidan’s grand master trimmer (Mr John Turner) to retrim the interior. John used to trim the Vanquish MKI in a previous life and it shows – the work was simply fabulous.
I’m a big fan of the original Sara Maynard modernist interior and wanted to upgrade the interior whilst still being sympathetic to the original design.. To which end, with a little inspiration from the DB9 Sportmodificato, I choose a partial quilted finish for the retrim.” Paul Hicks
“AV Classics first came to my attention when we were invited as a club (North London TR Register) to their open day.This involved a check over our cars hoisted up in the air and for some the first close up inspection.The day was enjoyed on all sides and we all got something out of it.My project TR5 was floundering at this point due to the previous owners attempt of restoring the body shell (he is still trading as a professional restorer of classic cars).I have restored many TR,S but because the bad workmanship was covered up with so much filler it was touch and go wether to keep it or sell it on.Aidan and Valentina( owners) came round to inspect my TR5 and give me their opinion.The discussion went well and a further visit ensued with Paul and Adrian looking at the work involved very closely. A price was quoted which was followed up with a written one.You can tell that they are enthusiastic about classic cars as they are owners themselves.I agreed that they will do the body work and paint my TR and it was collected very soon after. They have a open door policy and actively encourage this to view the on going work. My TR5 was a mess,much more than we realised and more panels had to be bought. The work being done is to a very high standard and my standard is high as witnessed by my own restored TR5 (Jas). Eddy is doing almost all the work and in a fashion that I recognise from doing my own work in the recent past. This is a young company with very a good skill set and will grow under the leadership of Aidan and Valentina.” Harry Dent
“We have spent a week with the Rolls Royce owners of America at their annual meet. Lovely people and all so excited we shipped the car over. They all said she is magnificent.
We took her to a dinner at one of the largest private homes ever built in the USA – Meadow Brook Hall, and we have just got back from the Concours d’Elegance of America where she was invited to be an exhibit and won the Young Judges 1st place award. She gets parked right in front of any restaurants we go to. Basically, we are having a ball.” Steven D Murray
“From the search for difficult spares to the the mirror finish paintwork, AV Classics almost fanatical attention to detail and doing things correctly was relentless. I always enjoyed dropping by to see the progress.
Aidan and his crew, despite many many obstacles produced a beautifully restored classic car that turns heads wherever it goes.
I couldn’t have been happier.” Mike Hooper
“Just got home all is good she ran great all the way back thank-you for your great service and great work I’m sure I will be back again.
Can you give thanks to everyone who worked on the Mg. All the best.” Will
“I have a few classics including a Jaguar e-type series 3 and one of the last Austin Healey 3000s of the production line that were in need of full restoration. Last year I spent months checking out and visiting many companies. I was very impressed with AV Classics quality of work, friendly approach, experience in all aspects of work and price. The finished product was 100%. I have now bought a Jaguar e-type series 2 which needs a full nut and bolt restoration and have commissioned AV Classic once again. I am happy for AV Classics to give my phone number if anyone wants to talk to me directly.” Peter Godfrey
“Thanks to Aidan and Crew ( you know who you are) My TR5 won First place in the Concours at our recent show.The hard work was so worth it all round and the paintwork is stunning,stopping many a member in their tracks.I got the painted repaired body shell back and then duly fitted him up.Brings a huge smile every time I go into my garage. Thank you all!” Harry Dent
“I would like to thank adie and staff for restoring my faith in the classic car business after poor service fom 2 well estalibsh jensen companys.i have had interceptor for 3 years but never seem to run right and had to find somone who could do it at short notice without knowing much about the company.with hours of receiveing my car they were able to find thefault too do the fuel line and get the mot done for me within a day and apprise me of other things.the first jensen speialist said that they had fixed the problem and other issues.l got the car back to find thes issues had not been fix and decided 2use another jensen companyi booked my car with them 2be done in october 2013only to find that by january 2014 they sitll had not started it.not only have they save me £ somthings that t was told i need 2do my these companys.honest and very proffesional in every way with great advice i now plan to do the rest of the issues to do with my interceptor with the company were i know i will a first class service.” Kevin May
“AV Classics did a fantastic job on my Aston Martin DB9 with a factory finish. On top of that the staff were all very nice and professional from the moment they picked up the Car to its delivery. The quality of the work matters more to them than anything else. I could immediately figure out their love for cars and passion about what they do. I will not hesitate a second to recommend them.” Teddy
“The whole team at AV Classics have been super helpful. They did an amazing job with a total strip down and respray of my 50 year old Mercedes Pagoda, which now looks as good as new. They went above and beyond with the mechanicals also to get the car running after a few challenges (to be expected from a car of this maturity).
I would highly recommend!” Michael Burke