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Thornley Kelham began life in 2009 as The Vintage & Classic Paintshop. Simon and Wayne set out to do exactly what that name suggested - prepare and paint cars to the highest quality. Aston Martins, 'Steady' Barker, mid-life crises, motorway cafes and growing children all played their part.

Ultimately we wanted to build a company that would embody our beliefs, talents, and experience, that our employees could build their lives around, and that our customers would be happy they chose. 

To do that means working constantly towards ever higher standards, delivering on our promises, being clear and open in our dealings with you, and just doing things right.

And we must be doing something right. In January 2009 there were literally 3 of us, 2 cars and a paint booth. We were fortunate that a handful of customers gave us a chance to prove ourselves. We owe them a lot, and we took the opportunity they offered to prove that our approach could work.  Wayne had over twenty years working on wonderful cars to the highest standards - for someone else. Simon had worked in various countries building businesses and teams - again mainly for others, but always with a passion for classic cars. We shared a common work ethic and mutual trust, and wanted to put our beliefs and experience to the test.

At the start of 2012 we renamed our company Thornley Kelham Ltd, and in 2014, as we enter our sixth year, we are now a team of 28, having added engine rebuilds, rewiring, and full coachbuilding  to our list of restoration services. We have built a Machine Shop, added servicing bays and hired a dedicated Service Manager. We have a full time race mechanic and prepare and support cars on classic road events. We also offer a discreet sales & car sourcing/acquisition service. We have over 32,000 square feet of space and have designed our workshops to accommodate all aspects of the restoration process, including separate enclosed areas for metalwork, panel beating and paintwork preparation, cutting down on noise and dust.

In conjunction with our landlord, we now have fully solar-panelled roofs on our premises, and so we are doing our best to help the environment (which is separate from the discussion on using classic cars rather than purchasing a newly-manufactured one!). 

We are based in the Cotswolds, just outside Cirencester in Gloucestershire. We welcome visitors at pretty much any time, and we are also happy to hold open evenings for classic car clubs and groups of vintage enthusiasts to share a beer and quiz us on our work. 

Thornley Kelham Ltd., Registered Company No. 6720975. Registered Office: Drake House, Lakeside Business Park, Broadway Lane, South Cerney, Glos. GL7 5XL


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