Our History

When it comes to classic car restoration, our passion matches yours…

Company founder Ian Turner has always had a passion for classic cars, and this business stemmed from his struggling with several different restoration companies not performing to his expectations. Although not have an automotive background, he has successfully built a large engineering and manufacturing business over the last 40 years.

This has stood him in good stead from a business logistical standpoint. Being on the customer side of the counter and having a poor experience, he has combined his wealth of business knowledge with how he would expect his cars to be restored.

How We Work

Turner Classics has been set up with the customer in mind, and that is why we offer every part of the restoration process in house to the highest exacting standards.

Working alongside our customers, we aim to achieve their ultimate goal, whether it be diagnosing a small problem, annul service or complete nut and bolt restoration to a concourse standard, with no job being too big or small.

We understand that each customer has individual requirements and upon agreement of works, we tailor invoicing to customers’ needs, whether a weekly or monthly invoicing schedule.

At Turner Classics, we have an open-door policy and encourage clients to visit regularly to see their restoration progress. If this is not possible, we keep clients regularly updated via email and phone.

Our highly skilled team are always on hand to discuss ongoing projects, and a complete photographic record of all works is kept and available upon request.

The Turner Classics Team

Our experienced specialists have each over 40 years of experience working in the classic car restoration business and are not limited to their specialist qualities.

They all have a wealth of knowledge we use to pass down to our junior workers and apprentices.

Ian Turner


Charlotte Turner

Director & Office Manager

Johnny Thurston

Workshop Manager

Our engine building specialist oversees the entire process of restoration and the day to day running of the workshop.

David Epps

Body Shop

Body shop specialist and panel beater David has the skills to manufacture unavailable body panels.

Russ Ware


Paint specialist and bodywork, Russ specialises in mixing and colour matching with our in-house paint scheme.

Peter Allin


With electrical specialist skills, he has excellent fault-finding skills.

Jim Robson

Junior Mechanic

Josh Thurston


Jude Shakeshaft