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The Spirit of Ecstasy – a brief history

The Spirit of Ecstasy needs no introduction. An iconic symbol of class, elegance and  remarkable craftsmanship in the automobile world. But where did this striking mascot originate? When the first Rolls-Royce was unveiled at the Paris Salon in December 1904, they didn’t have a mascot on the radiator but instead had the Rolls-Royce emblem. But […]

The Creation of a Coachbuilder –
Meet Our Team

In the early days of automotive engineering, every pre-war Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis that left these famous manufacturers’ mechanical workshops were sent to one of several specialist coachbuilders for a body to be made that was individually hand crafted, with bespoke features for the commissioning customer. Over the years, the technical information relating to the […]

Meet our new Project Coordinator, Jason Kew

Fiennes Classics are pleased to welcome our new Projects Coordinator, Jason Kew. Jason is not only extremely enthusiastic about his job, he is also a racer with a string of titles to his name. We’d like to take some time to introduce you to him: Jason started his career at the age of 14 working […]

Fiennes & Car SOS
– Behind the Scenes

Car SOS is an incredibly popular TV programme on National Geographic that began in 2013 and is now in its 9th Series. Presented by Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend it has captured the hearts and imagination of viewers by restoring vehicles that have been nominated by a relative or friend without the knowledge of their […]

The story behind the
1993 Alpine Rally

The Austrian Alpine Rally or Alpenfahrt was first staged in 1910 and the circuitous route from Vienna across Austria, over the alps, down into Italy and back made it one of the toughest of its time. Perhaps the one with the greatest British significance was that of 1913 won by a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost driven […]

Will Fiennes & making parts
– in his own words

In 1971 as a result of escalating costs incurred in the development of the RB211 jet engine Rolls-Royce was bankrupt.  The aero-engine business was nationalised and the then profitable car business passed to a new company, eventually to be sold to Vickers.  It was important to maintain the profitability and within this scheme the needs […]

A rare opportunity to work
with rare vehicles and engines

All our businesses have their base at the Fiennes Group hub at Broughton Poggs between Burford and Lechlade in the Cotswolds. In this rural setting you’ll find buildings that uniquely combine time-honoured skills and traditional craftmanship with the very latest engineering technology. You’ll also find people within them that all have a high level of […]

Fiennes Classics Get a
Jaguar E-Type Back On Track

When Fiennes Classics were kindly invited by the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club to attend an end of season track day event at Castle Combe race circuit, one owner’s day didn’t quite go according to plan with a bit of an off-track excursion, so it was up to our team to undertake the work on putting the […]


We are delighted to announce that we’re now a member partner of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club. We attended their annual track day at the end of last year at Castle Combe and the Oxfordshire region of the club has also had a workshop tour at Fiennes, so we’re very much looking forward to welcoming more club members to our facilities.