From an early age, Andy has always loved cars. He started his career as an apprentice for a Volvo dealership, where he worked for 7 years. After spending time in various garages, he gained a huge amount of restoration experience from working as a mechanic in a body shop. He then started restoring his own classic cars, which began with his treasured Triumph Stag.
Andy said, “I’ve been a mechanic all my life and I started restoring cars long before acquiring the premises in Plympton. I won prizes with my own cars and the business has been built on the grounds of me doing my own restorations. I then started restoring cars for other people and that’s where AM Restorations began.”
Andy’s skill of restoring cars comes naturally and he is mainly self-taught. His passion comes from seeing the transition from starting with a shell of a car to seeing the end result in all its glory. Andy adds: “That feeling of seeing the end product and thinking ‘I did that’ is second to none. It’s a great achievement.”
There are currently a few projects being worked on in the garage at the moment. Take a look at the exciting cars that the team are fixing up below.
Triumph Stag 1
Escort RS Turbo
Triumph Stag 2
The Future for AM Restorations
Andy still attends classic car shows where possible, but not quite as much as he used to. Three years ago he sold his 2.8 litre Capri and swapped it for a motorhome which is now another passion of his. He likes to combine this where possible with live music events and will quite often turn up to a music event in the motorhome. He explained. “If I can get to a music festival in the motorhome, I’m in my element there. I’m booked to go to the Download festival in June at Donington Park so I’m looking forward to that.”
Take a look at our projects archive to see what the team has been working on!
Andy is proud of what he has achieved in setting up the business as he’s never run one before. The business is still doing well despite difficult times through the years.
In time, Andy’s ultimate goal is to expand the business. In an ideal world, he would like to take over the premises next door (as they are outgrowing theirs). Andy said: “If they move to bigger premises, it would be fantastic to be able to offer classic car storage and classic car sales as well. Watch this space!
Ready to Get Started?
If you’re currently deciding upon having your classic car restored to its former glory, and have all of this to look forward to, why not choose AM Restorations for the project? We are trusted and experienced classic and vintage car restorers located in Plymouth. With a range of mechanical and restorative services, we can help you get the best out of your vehicle, giving you a finished product that will give you a huge amount of joy and satisfaction for many years to come.
To find out more about our classic car restoration services call us on 01752 346544 or visit our contact page to get in touch. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to get you back on the right track with your car restoration.