No car is too old to fix at Chevington Garage

Chris Wilson, left, and  Chris Whitehead of Chevington Garage with, from the left, one of only 12 existing 1936 Rover 12 sports tourers, the only surviving 1933 Rover 14 Speed Pilot and a modern Porsche Cayenne
Chris Wilson, left, and Chris Whitehead of Chevington Garage with, from the left, one of only 12 existing 1936 Rover 12 sports tourers, the only surviving 1933 Rover 14 Speed Pilot and a modern Porsche Cayenne

The new Chevington Garage may look like a traditional village garage but it can handle museum pieces as well as modern cars.

Owner Chris Whitehead and manager Chris Wilson are both car enthusiasts and they and technician Dan Hope are motor engineers.

Chris Wilson explained: “Most garages are what we loosely call ‘mechanics’ who buy in a part and fit it.

“We do that, but we can also repair things where we can so we can work on vehicles where you can’t get the parts – we can make parts when we can’t get them.”

Vehicles do not have to be that old for parts to be unavailable – it is a struggle to get parts for Japanese cars over 20 years old – but the Chrises’ speciality is pre-war cars and 1980s ‘emerging classics’.

But he stressed: “We don’t do restorations because we don’t do bodywork, but we know some local companies – craftsmen really – who we can recommend.”

Mr Wilson said: “We can also do all the modern cars because we’ve got all the diagnostics”

Even with those, they will make or repair parts if it is cheaper than buying a new one. While you are waiting there will always be something interesting in the showroom, like the 1923 Chevrolet in there at the moment.

Other cars at the garage when our photographer called ranged from a 1935 Austin 12/5 Ascot, through a 1965 Jensen CV8 to a 2009 Mercedes E350