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Feature Craft Week – Panelcraft

At their origin, the body of each Rolls-Royce or Bentley was individually created by a coachbuilder, meaning there’s a unique handcrafted signature to every single one of them. Over the years we’ve had the privilege to work on some of the most beautiful vehicles, beginning with the pre-war Rolls-Royce and Bentleys and broadening to other […]

Feature Craft Week – Paintwork

The colour of a vehicle is far more than just red, green or black, particularly in vintage and classic automobiles; it contains emotion, heritage and character that is part of its history. The paint process itself is transformational for the vehicle, and can either herald a new era or revive originality. But the process is […]

A History of Car Paint:
Understanding the Options for
Re-spraying your Classic

A car’s paintwork is one of the things that catches the eye of an admirer most immediately, and getting it right is one of the most important challenges in any restoration. A car that is in every other respect in beautiful condition can, all too easily, be let down by dull or shabby paint. Colour […]

Jaguar – The History & Mystery
of Mark Numbers

The Jaguar Mk2 makes frequent appearances in surveys of Britain’s favourite classics, largely thanks to a certain fictional TV detective from Oxford with a passion for opera and real ale, but try to fit it into the history of Jaguar’s system of assigning mark numbers to its vehicles and things can get a little confusing. […]

The Jaguar E-Type

In any poll of the greatest or most beautiful cars ever made, three vehicles almost invariably make it to the very top – the Aston Martin DB5, the Ferrari Daytona, and Jaguar’s E-Type (or XK-E, if you’re American). Jaguar introduced the E-Type in 1961, so 2021 is its 60th anniversary year, and it remained in […]

Fiennes Classics:
A Little More About Who We Are…

As our founder, Will Fiennes, explains it: ‘Working out how to rebuild a car that’s up to 100 years old is something of an automotive detective job. Mechanically, we know what it should be and have a large number of drawings we can work from, but should that fail, we have decades of experience across […]

Rolls-Royce: A Brief History, Part Two

In Part One of this article we looked at the early days of Rolls-Royce, from founding through to the 1920s. The marque had earned a reputation for very high build quality and reliability, and in 1931, concealing itself behind the name British Central Equitable Trust, it acquired the sports car maker Bentley. Bentley had enjoyed […]

Rolls-Royce: A Brief History, Part One

The history of the Rolls-Royce car manufacturing company is a complicated one. Today, the multiple buy-outs, subtle renamings and divisions that the marque has undergone since its founding in 1906 has resulted in the current Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited’s having very little connection with the original company. Today’s company dates from 2003 and is owned […]

Driving Your Classic – Our Thoughts on Great Driving Roads in Europe…

For many of our customers here at Fiennes Classics, nothing beats starting out in a classic car on a route that seems made for the driver. Elsewhere on the website we have looked at some of the best routes on offer in the UK, but for the adventurous classic motorist who wants to go a […]