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Welcome to RetroMarques Ltd Website...


RetroMarques offers a range of services to support you, the classic car owner - or potential owner!  As owner-enthusiasts ourselves, we can provide good advice on most aspects of classic car ownership.  With a car in mind, we can then source a car to meet your specific requirements.  Routine servicing, repairs and upgrades are carried out in our Strensham workshop where we serve a growing number of owners within a 50-mile radius who entrust their pride and joy to our classic car servicing and classic car repairs services, testament to Rob’s 30+ years of experience and expertise in the industry.   

Bodywork and paintshop services are also now available in our facility nearby in Malvern – Tony Williams Bodyshop.  Storage is also co-located should a lay-up be required.  Finally, valuation, market advice and classic car sales are also catered for, with sales available both on a commission basis and outright purchase.

Rob and Mark want to offer the majority of services you may require for the ‘through life’ care of your pride and joy: an end-to-end classic car care solution and, importantly, a traditional, trusted service – at a fair price.

Customer Comment: "Yourself, Rob and his son, understand that sharing the passion and delivering excellence is what makes business work. John"

About Us...


Established by Mark Knight and Rob Mears, RetroMarques is a company owned and operated by enthusiastic classic car owners. Mark owns an ‘every day classic driver’ 1984 Peugeot 205, an Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior, a Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 and a 1955 Austin Healey 100/4. He is an Austin Healey Club committee member and actively supports the other clubs too. Rob, a TR Register member, has a 1964 Triumph TR4 and a collection of 3 ‘classic’ motorbikes – all in near-mint condition!

First and foremost, we are classic car owners and club members. We founded RetroMarques strongly believing that we wanted to provide a combination of friendly, high-quality service and value for money. We believe in traditional values, and in establishing a trusted relationship – seemingly lost in many areas of business today. We want you to feel that your car is with people who care and also in capable hands. With Rob’s 30-plus years of experience, with both British and mainland European cars, and with over 100 years of experience in the bodyshop, we feel we offer just that. Rest assured we would rather say ‘No’ and put you in touch with someone we believe can better help, than offer a sub-optimal service.

RetroMarques offers a range of services: from advising on ownership and sourcing a classic car, to storage; maintenance; repairs and improvements; and vehicle purchasing and sales. You may choose to use each service separately or all of them, over time, as a ‘through life’ classic car care sequence of services. Our aim is to provide you with an end-to-end classic car care solution.

We believe in working with and supporting small, local specialists and trade suppliers and have a well-established network of people we work with. Chroming, carburettor rebuilding, gearbox and overdrive overhauls, blasting and powder-coating, instrument refurbishment, brake cylinder and servo rebuilding, trim and upholstery and machine-shop specialists are all on hand. Since February 2013 we have our own specialist body and paintwork facility – Tony Williams Bodyshop close by in Malvern, so this means that all aspects of bodywork repairs, paintwork – from a small scratch to a full bare-metal respray – and anti-corrosion protection, can all be carried out by us, often in concert with mechanical work in the workshop.

Finally, we aim to act as a source of good advice: call or email us no matter whether for tyres or touring! Do also look at our Links Tab and please let us know if you know of something useful that we do not yet have listed. Mark runs an email distribution list which keeps local classic car owners up to date with charity and other classic car events. Just drop him an email and you’ll get the updates!


Sale Services...


RetroMarques is pleased to offer a classic car sales service. We both source cars for our own sales, so we are always interested in purchasing classic cars and also offer a brokerage service for clients where a car is sold on a sale or return or commission basis. We will offer our best advice on market values, options to increase the value of a car prior to sale and if a client chooses to proceed to sale, the preparation, photography and all advertising of the car. Cars have been sold not only across the UK but into Europe and further afield e.g. to Australia!

Cars for Sale...


MGB Roadster 1963

VW Golf GTi

Alfa Spider

Customer Comment: “I’m delighted that the car found a home with people who fell in love with it… Many thanks in handling the sale of the vehicle. Keith".


Previously Sold...

Here is a selection of the cars we have sourced and sold, we are actively seeking similar cars to purchase outright or to sell on your behalf.

Customer Comment: 'RetroMarques offered a one-stop service for selling my classic car. They collected, tidied, serviced and sold the car within 3 weeks of picking it up. Highly recommended'. Tim, Chipping Norton.


Porsche 911 MGB Westfield
Alfa Romeo PUU358R MGB Roadster Opel Manta
MGB Roadster Mk3 MGA
Mini

Maintenance...


RetroMarques has a fully equipped workshop at the Strensham site; we take pride in caring for your (and our) motoring heritage, no matter whether an Austin or an Aston! Routine maintenance is carried out for many makes of classic car, typically annual service or incremental servicing and often carried out in conjunction with an MoT test, where one is required.

Rob will also have an eye to anything that may need attending to in the future – either because the old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ applies or because it may be more cost-effective to carry out the repair or replacement of an item during the service rather than leaving it for another day. Rob will always call an owner to discuss anything he has found and takes pride in offering good advice and options for rectifying a fault.

Given the car will most likely have been checked over whilst on the ramp, we will also have an eye to any bodywork deterioration and whether we would advise that anti-corrosion protection is either renewed or applied. We have invested in the equipment to carry out tyre removal and fitting and to balance spoked wheels, an operation not typically able to be carried out by ‘high street’ tyre bays.

Finally, we appreciate that you want your classic car to be in good hands – with people who genuinely care. We welcome visits to look around the workshop and to discuss your own car and the work that may need to be done. You may wish to see the body and paintshop as well and planning a visit to both locations is easily achieved.


Repairs...


We are pleased to offer owners the capability to conduct the majority of repairs that you may need to have carried out and also a wide variety of upgrades that you may choose to consider having done to the car – for example, brake and suspension upgrades or simply fitting a Kenlowe fan for improved cooling.

Your classic may need repairs to be carried out following an MoT test failure or it may simply have deteriorated whilst in storage or during a period of inactivity. We can recover the car to the workshop, investigate what is needed and recommend rectification. Wherever possible, we try to offer a number of different options and prices, for example, to repair the original item or replace it with a new after-market version.

More major work can also be carried out. We frequently rebuild engines and service ancillary equipment, remove and repair gearboxes and overdrives and suspension components and the various drivetrain items such as drive shafts and the rear differential. In many such cases we will work with a local network of specialists to effect a repair or service for a major item.

Bodywork repairs can also be carried out, so no matter whether you want the removal of an annoying dent or a more serious repair such as sill replacement, the bodyshop has the skill and expertise to carry these tasks out. We can also cater for insurance repairs after an accident and will handle all of the estimating and invoicing with the insurer. For more details of our body and paintwork expertise, please see our Tony Williams Bodyshop website.


Sourcing...


When considering the ownership of a classic car, maybe for the very first time, good advice is of great value. Many buyers worry about either 'buying with the heart and not the head', so to speak, or the potential risk in buying a classic car without any specialist knowledge.

Whether at the early stage of considering that you might like to own a classic car or having already decided on a particular marque or model, Rob and Mark can offer you sound advice – advice based on our own ownership and extensive driving experience, touring many thousands of miles in our own cars each year, but importantly also founded on an in-depth knowledge of the market.

Let's face it, spending a few hundreds of pounds up-front in sourcing and purchasing the right car is a lot more cost-effective than buying a car which turns out to need several thousands of pounds in rectification!

So, typically, this is how we would proceed:

Discuss aspects of ownership of particular models and marques, then, understanding your budget and preferences, begin to source the right car.

Refine the search to one or two cars that fit your requirements then carry out a comprehensive inspection and report to you.

If instructed, negotiate the purchase on your behalf and on completion, recover the car to the workshop where any work required (or desired) to be completed can then be carried out prior to collection or delivery to you.

Please contact us to discuss sourcing your ‘dream classic’ - we’ll offer you the best advice we can!

Customer Comment from David: ‘Just a short note to let you know that the Porsche arrived in Australia on Friday. Thanks again for all your help in this project’


Storage...


RetroMarques is able to offer short and long-term, budget and premium car storage so no matter whether you are posted abroad, have lost your existing storage facility or just don’t have the garage space at home, we can help. We offer long and short-term secure storage of cars offering the flexibility of routine access to your car so that it can continue to be used should you wish to do so.

We are ideally placed:

  • Mid-way between the Prescott and Shelsley Walsh hill climbs
  • With easy access just off the M5 and M50 motorways, just a few minutes from the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills!
  • High degree of security: the premium facility is fitted with a fully digital, remotely monitored alarm system and the unit is itself located within a gated, overnight-secured site.

Long and short-term secure storage of vehicles offering the flexibility of routine access to your car so that it can be used!

Posted abroad, lost your existing storage facility or just don’t have the garage space at home? We can help.

It goes without saying that with co-located maintenance and repair facilities, your classic car can be serviced or repaired whilst it is with us. As part of the storage service, we can offer:

  • Continuous low-level care and maintenance
  • Pre-use/pre-collection (or delivery) checks
  • Servicing and valeting, including steam cleaning
  • Storage accessories such as car covers, trickle chargers, tyre trainers (to stop the tyres developing flat spots) and other items.

Finally, administration can also be carried out

  • SORN, taxation and annual MoTs.

Links...


Car Clubs...

GLAVON TRs

Glavon TR's is one of over 50 regional groups in The TR Register. We represent the interests of the TR Register members living within the counties of Gloucestershire and Avon, but do not exclude people from other counties or other TR Register Members who are "just passing through" from joining in the fun.

TR Register The TR Register was founded in 1970 and has been growing steadily ever since to become one of the most successful one-make car clubs in the world, offering members a wealth of information and expertise.

Austin Healey Club The UK's national body

Austin Healey Club SW South Western Centre of the Austin Healey club, serving members in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire, Bristol, Avon, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and South Wales.

Cotswold Classic Car Club We are a local classic car enthusiast group based in the Cotswolds, who aim to encourage the ownership and use of classic cars of all makes. The majority of our members own classic cars dating from 1900 to the early 1990’s. These cars are from all nationalities, not just British. However, you do not need to own a classic car to join – just an interest and appreciation of them.

Alfa Romeo Owners Club - Cotswold Section We are an active section with an ever increasing membership, all Alfa owners and prospective members are welcome to join in any of our meetings or events and we are a fairly informal bunch so why not come along and meet us?

Resources...

Hillsalive - Bespoke Classic Car Luggage Born out of frustration of packing a Morgan 4/4 2 seater with soft luggage (whilst the numerous trips back and forth to the car kept us fit it was irritating) we realised we needed to do something to solve the problem. The solution was to create two prototype bags out of a tough, water and abrasion resistant material with stiffened faces. Designed to fit perfectly into the space available in the Morgan they were the solution we had been looking for. Realising it wasn't a problem unique to owning a Morgan we created luggage sets for other vehicles and this resulted in the extensive range we now offer. The Hillsalive luggage range offers a simple and straight-forward option to packing a classic or modern sports car - if it fits into the bags, it fits into the car.

Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) in Europe.

Petrol Prices.com Search by postcode for the cheapest fuel near you

Burlen Leaded fuel suppliers - Over the years Burlen has become renowned for its role in manufacturing, restoring and re-introducing a number of famous classic vehicle fuel systems and associated spares including SU, Amal, Zenith, Stromberg and Solex. Burlen continues to supply this service to vintage and classic car and motorcycle owners accross the globe, and proudly so.

Events...

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motor sport venue in continuous use in the world. First used in 1905, it is older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza. Brooklands has been and gone, but Shelsley Walsh is still here, as old as the sport but as modern as today.

Prescott Hill Climb Prescott has been home to top flight motor racing as well as vintage and classic meetings for cars and bikes for almost 80 years now, so in celebration of our longevity we have been making some changes to ensure that we remain at the forefront of Hill Climb courses. With such a long and illustrious history, we felt it was time we gave ourselves a fresh look, shouted about ourselves a bit more and introduced ourselves to some new faces.

Local Links...

Railway @ Ripple Mark and Rob recommend The Railway Inn at Ripple for tasty, home-cooked food, great beers and wines, and a warm classic-car-friendly welcome.

Shop..


Moltex

Moltex Outdoor Car Covers...

  • Fully breathable, fleece lined to protect your car in all weathers
  • Semi-tailored shape for excellent fitting
  • Elasticated ends and sewn in straps for secure fitting
  • Grey in colour giving UV protection
  • Various sizes, to suit all cars
  • Prices from £120 (indoor covers from £80)

Note: many other covers also available: dust covers, caravan, cabriolet and bike covers and more. Please enquire for advice on all covers


CTEK

CTEK Battery Chargers

  • Perfect for charging your classic car battery during periods of inactivity during the winter
  • Trickle charging for optimum conditioning (6v & 12v available)
  • Various models available, please enquire for prices and suitability
  • Prices from: Trickle conditioners £40.00; Charger/conditioners £50.00

Wing Cover

Protective Wing Covers

  • Lightweight, Flexible, Hard-wearing Polyester
  • Anti-slip rubberised backing protects panels from scratching
  • Available with or without a logo
  • Grips to all types of panel, no magnets so does not cause damage
  • Machine Washable
  • Various marque logos
  • Price: £20.00

 


Nennette

The Traditional Nenette Duster!

  • A soft mop impregnated with a polish called Nenetol
  • Lifts dust off surfaces, polishes the surface the dust is lifted from
  • When it is dirty, unclip the mop, hand or machine wash it!
  • Recently Awarded Top Marks by Classic Car Mart
  • Price: £11.50 (Polish refill bottle £5.00)

The Absorber

The Absorber

  • A machine washable, super absorbing micro fibre cloth - better than any chamois - lasts for years!
  • Price: £12.50

Also available: tyre trainers (stops tyre flat-spots), oil drip trays, tyre pumps & gauges, protective seat covers, car-ports (portable garaging, with or without a dehumidifier), trolley jacks, instant marquees (for shows, valeting etc) and more!

Location...


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Address: Unit 8, Strensham Business Park, Strensham, Worcs, WR8 9JZ- Tel: +44 (0) 1684 297698  Mob: +44 (0) 7791 417191


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