5 British Custom Car Builders You Need To Know About!

British manufacturing is becoming a lost art, but these five car builders are shaking up the industry, one customised car at a time. 


Based in the seaside town of Cornwall, Autostyl have been building and restoring automobiles for over ten years. Offering a range of services, from routine maintenance and body repairs to custom roll cage manufacture and paintwork, Autostyl is a one-stop-shop for all your motoring needs.

The team’s enthusiasm, specialist skills, and workshop that is fully equipped with Baileigh industrial metalworking equipment allows them to produce work to the highest possible standard.


Specialising in custom body paint and the fabrication of classic and custom vehicles, Charlie’s classic ‘n’ custom are renowned for their world-class attention to detail.

Their restorations are making quite a name for themselves, having featured photography on Snap-on toolboxes and on the covers of popular industry publications; Retro Cars Magazine and Classic Jaguar! Check out their Facebook page for regular updates on their current projects.


Hampshire based restoration experts, South Coast Vehicle Restoration, focus on turning the wildest ideas into reality. With their newly equipped workshop, they can perform general servicing and custom modifications, to suit your unique requirements. SCV pride themselves on their goal to maintain classic designs whilst adding a modern twist. Our favourite project is their custom Mini, labelled ‘The screaming green meanie Mini’ in the October 2017 edition of Street Machine.


Volkswagen fanatics rejoice! JC Welding Services specialise in restoration and repairs for VW motors and are just as passionate about these classics as you are. The Leicestershire based fabricators have worked on award-winning projects, including the restoration of a burnt-out Samba Deluxe bus.


Last but certainly not least, Southan Metal Craft UK are self-certified as the best coach builders in the UK. Opting for a traditional approach, but maximizing state-of-the-art equipment, the Shropshire metalworking experts can provide the finest results. MD, Pete Southan describes his work as “artistry, with an engineer’s approach” and believes in treating each project as bespoke and individual, resulting in a detailed and seamless finish.

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