Preserving Our Motoring Heritage
We are one of the few companies able to complete an entire restoration on the premises, from mechanical work, machining and engineering, to coachwork and interior trim. Our customers value the way we care for their cars just as they do and the meticulous attention to detail demonstrated by all our skilled craftsmen.
With over 50 years’ experience in restoring Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars, P & A Wood has had the honour of restoring some of the two marques’ most famous models.
1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (AX201)
The original 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost set the standard for motor car reliability and transformed Rolls-Royce into a global brand.
The twelfth vehicle to roll of the production line in 1907 with chassis number 60551 and registration AX201 was singled out to become the first company demonstrator for the model. Having served as an ambassador for the marque since its production, AX201 was taken off the road by Rolls-Royce in 1989 to be restored in time to perform in the 1990 Silver Ghost Charity Tour between John O'Groats and Land’s End on 18th August.
P & A Wood were commissioned to undertake the full restoration of AX201's chassis which called on all of our considerable experience and ingenuity. On completion, Rolls-Royce expressed their delight with our outstanding contribution to the success of the restoration and the car has since completed a number of tours around the world.
The Prototype Bentley R Type Continental
On 20th August 1951, Rolls-Royce unveiled a prototype Bentley R Type Continental, a high performance fastback based on the Mark VI Bentley. This first Bentley Continental was registered OLG 490 and thereafter known as 'Olga'. The 17 foot long car was sleek and fast with the frame, outer skin and bumpers made of aluminium to keep the weight down. Olga's performance in a programme of high speed demonstrations won great acclaim.
After clocking up over 400,000 miles, Olga arrived at P & A Wood for restoration. The chassis was dismantled down to the bare frame but respectful of her past, every aspect of the rebuild carried out at P & A Wood was very carefully thought through in order to maintain her authenticity. Olga was restored with our customary passion and attention to detail and was returned to her delightful owner in 'as new' condition.
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