After more than 200 years in business, it’s safe to say we’ve encountered every situation imaginable. Hillary’s Coachworks started out around 1810 making horse-drawn carriages. Today, we’re better known in the nearby East Grinstead area as a specialist in classic car repair and classic car restoration. We do, of course, work on more recent models too, and our workshop has the facilities needed to repair any marque.
Accident repairs, car body repairs or bumper repairs; with Hillary’s Coachworks, quality always comes first.
Many years ago, we solely used cellulose primers and paints to try and keep classic cars as original as possible. Today, modern paint systems provide finished repair and restoration jobs with a tougher, more durable finish that withstands the impact of stone chips, traffic film and other types of abuse.
Where we must be more vigilant now is with the colour, in part because manufacturers often produce several variations.
Classic car owners from East Grinstead, and those with modern models who use us for accident repairs, car body repairs and bumper repairs as opposed to a more traditional service, will inevitably check the quality of the colour match against other panels when only having part of their car refinished.
With classic car repairs and classic car restorations, this is often less relevant because we perform a full respray. For one or two-panel jobs, our technicians must apply due diligence.