When we took ownership of a particularly rare Morgan (of which only 3 were made) we decided that a restoration was needed as the car was nearly 50 years old. The style and structure of the body are unusual, and achieving the original Williams and Pritchard shape required both excellent metal working skills, and a superb eye for the natural lines of the car.
The HM is one of the few metal shops who we could trust to take on such a job and they executed outstandingly. Whether on the road or on the race track the car attracts immediate attention and well deserved compliments!
From Simon Orebi Gann
Historic Metalworks restored and repainted my AC Britol – absolutely fantastic.
It has been a great pleasure to work with Shaun over the period of six months. One man one word – Flawless.
From Dr Ernst Harnacke
I can highly recommend Historic Metalworks for both their quality and their efficient friendly service. Shaun designed and fabricated some bespoke metalwork for my kitchen which was of a very high standard and a perfect fit. Thank you.
From Jane Dingley
Shaun and his team are true masters of their trade. The work undertaken to transform my 1936 Morgan 4/4 from a stripped down racing car into a road going car was superb. Enormous care and attention was given to all aspects of the job, from the design, detailing and finish of the wings and the positioning and mounting of the lights. Nothing was ever to much trouble and I was regularly given a photographic update of progress and always fully engaged in any decisions. The result I think speaks for itself.
From David Phillips
Over the past eighteen months I have been helping my son and his wife restore their C17th thatched cottage in Pennington Hampshire. The cast iron opening casement windows, which probably date back to early Victorian times, have all been removed and refurbished and are secured with an unusual design of spring clip attached to the mullions. Sadly two of these were cracked and broke when they were removed (not really surprising given their age) and of course no such item can be sourced from the usual ports of call for such things such as architectural ironmongers. In fact most of the people I contacted had not even heard of this type of fastening and many didn’t even know what spring steel was! This also applied to the several metal fabricators that I contacted to see if we could have replacements made.
By happy accident I found Historic Metalworks at Gordleton and after spending a few minutes with Shaun and explaining the function of the clip he drew a pattern from my sample and agreed to have a go at making some more for me. The result has been a resounding success and it has been heartening for me to meet someone with a genuine interest and enthusiasm in a difficult and unusual task. Obviously we will now have to wait and see whether the new clips perform as well as the originals but for my comment on that you will need to ask me again in 150 years time! My present view is that they should be just fine.
From Robert Cleaver FRICS IRRV
It was a great pleasure to witness Shaun and his staff at the Historic Metalworks Ltd are continuing the traditional world top class creative coachwork with the same quality and expertise that I have been afforded on major projects over many years in the hands of the Master Rod Jolley.
From Tony Christie
Historic Metalworks designed and constructed doors and a bootlid for my 1937 Austin Seven Special, where none ever existed before, and made modifications to the footwell, scuttle and windscreen.
Shaun demonstrated a great understanding of vintage car construction coupled with a flair for design and attention to detail. He and Tom went to great lengths to ensure that the result was exactly what I wanted so that the car not only looks correct in period but also that I can drive it comfortably.
All the work was carried out to a high standard and I thoroughly recommend this firm for the construction or repair of any vintage or classic car coachwork.
From Roger Bateman