Concours Classics is a specialist bodywork and paint restoration business, established and run by Arthur Atkinson.
Who is Arthur Atkinson? Well, I am one of very few of the younger generation, classic car enthusiasts dedicating my life to the art of bespoke, classic and custom vehicle body and specialist paintwork restoration.
After gaining several years valuable experience and training at Woodbridge Classic Cars in Hacheston, Suffolk, coupled with my natural ability and attention to detail, I was promoted to Head of Preparation and Paint. In October 2021, after the closing of Woodbridge Classic Cars, I took the opportunity to branch out on my own and shortly after that set up ‘Concours Classics’ now based at a newly fitted out workshop in the heart of Suffolk near Badingham.
Since then, we have had the pleasure of being responsible for multiple high-end restoration projects including…
• A beautiful 1959 MGA which we prepared and transformed from bare metal to mirror finish in High Gloss Black, inside and out.
• 1950’s stunning Ford Popular kit car. Featuring a huge amount of fabrication work by Cretingham Crank Company. The car is one of thirty in the world.
• In comparison, a very different project was a 1966 racing yacht name ‘Timoa.’ This requited a vast amount of hull preparation work on ‘Timoa’ before she went to Levington Marina to have her paintwork completed. She is now ready for her voyage on the ‘Round the Island Race’ in the Isle of Wight.
• A late 1960’s MGB soft top, ex race car. Needing a thorough clean after lying dismantled and in pieces in an old barn for almost a decade. The bodywork massively overhauled and transformed from ‘Barn find’ to ‘Show car’ bursting with personality in it’s original ‘Citron Green’.
• Mid 1960’s Lotus Cortina. Full body shell restoration. Flawlessly prepared from bare metal, ready for topcoat with the underside colour matched with Old English White mixed with Tinted Cobra Stone Chip for an immaculate finish, even where the eyes cannot reach.
• Early 1980’s Ford Capri 2.8 injection. Mounted on a jig and passed into our hands in need of a complete assessment of the historical preparation work done elsewhere so we could make corrections before continuing with the restoration from high build primer to original High Gloss Metallic Black.
• 2005 Porsche 911 997 Carrera S. The paintwork had sustained many imperfections such as stone chips and scratches over seventeen years of road use. These were meticulously removed and the car prepared for fresh primer and topcoat to a ‘Concours Classics’ quality finish in original Basalt metallic black.
What do we class as a Classic or Custom project?
Basically, as long as the vehicle is over twenty five years old or if the project requires specialist bodywork attention, we are interested. Our aim is to keep the Art of Restoration alive thereby securing the future generations dedicated to ‘Concours Classics’ who share the same passion our clients do for their projects.