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Classic Car Restoration & Maintenance

Bill Rawles Classic Cars

Where it all began

Born from a love of classic cars

Bill Rawles started his first classic car restoration business over 30 years ago from his workshop in the south of England, specialising in Austin-Healeys and establishing the Rawles family name and reputation around the world.

Bill sold his first business in 2007 to set up Bill Rawles Classic Cars Ltd, a family venture with sons Charlie and Jack, specialising in all makes of classic car. With Bill firmly at the helm with his wealth of experience and knowledge, Bill Rawles Classic Cars has grown to cover all aspects of classic car restoration, maintenance and sales with quality control and attention to detail of the upmost importance. Bill has been involved in historic motorsport for over 20 years and has campaigned his Austin-Healey 3000 to many podium places. Race and rally preparation, event support and transportation are a growing part of our business.

About

Classic Car Services

We offer a full restoration service on all types of classic car, specialising in Austin-Healey.

Experts in classic car servicing

Servicing your car is an integral part of maintenance and reliability, and as a standard we will check all the critical safety factors such as chassis, brakes, tyres, fluid levels and electronics are working as they should, before another year of happy motoring. Whilst an MOT is not mandatory for some classic cars, our safety check should not be a substitute. We recommend testing the car annually and some insurance companies may require a valid MOT, which we can also provide if desired/required.

Choose an option to suit your needs, from a levels service to a full service or a pre-MOT inspection and an MOT.

Motorsport

Race proven performance, reliably first

With over 30 years of Austin-Healey competition experience, our race Healeys are built to perform, but, more importantly, to finish. From sprint racing to the Spa 6 Hours, we have tried, tested and developed components so you don't have to.

Motorsport
Bill and Charlie Rawles discussing the latest 3000 MKIIA restoration project with our apprentice, Ed. 

Every car has a story and this MKIIA has some discrepancies which will be investigated, faults traced and repaired back to and beyond factory spec and tolerance. Some preliminary checks completed on the trolley before being loaded onto the jig base for further measurements. 
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#austinhealey #healey3000 #austinhealey3000 #austinhealey100 #healey100 #historicmotorsport #classiccarrestoration #restoration #classic #classiccar #sportscar #britishsportscar #bighealey #carsofinstagram #workshop #billrawlesclassiccars #goodwood #goodwoodrevival #motorsport #racing #rawles

Bill and Charlie Rawles discussing the latest 3000 MKIIA restoration project with our apprentice, Ed.

Every car has a story and this MKIIA has some discrepancies which will be investigated, faults traced and repaired back to and beyond factory spec and tolerance. Some preliminary checks completed on the trolley before being loaded onto the jig base for further measurements.
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#austinhealey #healey3000 #austinhealey3000 #austinhealey100 #healey100 #historicmotorsport #classiccarrestoration #restoration #classic #classiccar #sportscar #britishsportscar #bighealey #carsofinstagram #workshop #billrawlesclassiccars #goodwood #goodwoodrevival #motorsport #racing #rawles
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Always nice to see an original RHD & Metallic Golden Beige 3000 MK3 in the workshop... Healey servicing is busy, despite the weather! 

The weather looks to be changing this week which will be a welcome break from what seems like continuous rain... maybe a chance to get some cars out on the road.

Who can spot the common Healey restoration mistake? 
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#austinhealey #healey3000 #austinhealey3000 #austinhealey100 #healey100 #historicmotorsport #classiccarrestoration #restoration #classic #classiccar #sportscar #britishsportscar #bighealey #carsofinstagram #workshop #billrawlesclassiccars #goodwood #goodwoodrevival #motorsport #racing #rawles

Always nice to see an original RHD & Metallic Golden Beige 3000 MK3 in the workshop... Healey servicing is busy, despite the weather!

The weather looks to be changing this week which will be a welcome break from what seems like continuous rain... maybe a chance to get some cars out on the road.

Who can spot the common Healey restoration mistake?
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#austinhealey #healey3000 #austinhealey3000 #austinhealey100 #healey100 #historicmotorsport #classiccarrestoration #restoration #classic #classiccar #sportscar #britishsportscar #bighealey #carsofinstagram #workshop #billrawlesclassiccars #goodwood #goodwoodrevival #motorsport #racing #rawles
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Sorry for a lack of posts this week, it really has been one of our busiest periods ever and it’s so good to see but it means there’s not much time for social media. 

Today, this smart Mk3 was delivered with some cooling issues. We have a combination of our uprated core radiator and fan that will mean your car will never have an overheating issue even in the hottest of climates. And it doesn’t include an electric fan, we have found these not to be as effective as one might think!

In other news, we have exciting news to share with you soon regarding racing, you may have noticed that FSL 246 hasn’t been on track this season… 

We will also be racing this weekend at Donington park with two customer cars. 
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#britishsportscar #bighealey #classiccarrestoration #billrawlesclassiccars #healey3000 #classiccar #austinhealey #carsofinstagram

Sorry for a lack of posts this week, it really has been one of our busiest periods ever and it’s so good to see but it means there’s not much time for social media.

Today, this smart Mk3 was delivered with some cooling issues. We have a combination of our uprated core radiator and fan that will mean your car will never have an overheating issue even in the hottest of climates. And it doesn’t include an electric fan, we have found these not to be as effective as one might think!

In other news, we have exciting news to share with you soon regarding racing, you may have noticed that FSL 246 hasn’t been on track this season…

We will also be racing this weekend at Donington park with two customer cars.
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#britishsportscar #bighealey #classiccarrestoration #billrawlesclassiccars #healey3000 #classiccar #austinhealey #carsofinstagram
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We understand that our cars often mean so much to us, they signify important past events, life milestones, goals and the nostalgia of owning an old car that maybe wasn't once so old to you...

We have recently recommissioned this Ford Capri which has been in single ownership for 30 years, the owner has fond memories of driving this car whilst at university. 

It became neglected and sat under a cover for many years until we completed an assessment and discussed the viability of repair and recommission, this two stage approach sees the first stage completed with mechanical recommission done, MOT test passed and the car is back on the road. Cosmetic improvements will be in store for next winter.

We've just delivered this car, and it's always nice to see our friends at The Flowerpots Brewery and Pub, this is one of our recommended pubs to visit if you need a spot of lunch if you are visiting us... you'll always see a classic car there and maybe you'll now see one of the brewery owners Capri... shame we couldn't stay for a beer.

If only we had a pound for everyone who commented "I had one of these once". Including Rose Rawles... who learnt to drive in one, maybe that is a pound we can cash in.
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#ford #fordcapri #classiccarrepair #classiccarrestoration

We understand that our cars often mean so much to us, they signify important past events, life milestones, goals and the nostalgia of owning an old car that maybe wasn`t once so old to you...

We have recently recommissioned this Ford Capri which has been in single ownership for 30 years, the owner has fond memories of driving this car whilst at university.

It became neglected and sat under a cover for many years until we completed an assessment and discussed the viability of repair and recommission, this two stage approach sees the first stage completed with mechanical recommission done, MOT test passed and the car is back on the road. Cosmetic improvements will be in store for next winter.

We`ve just delivered this car, and it`s always nice to see our friends at The Flowerpots Brewery and Pub, this is one of our recommended pubs to visit if you need a spot of lunch if you are visiting us... you`ll always see a classic car there and maybe you`ll now see one of the brewery owners Capri... shame we couldn`t stay for a beer.

If only we had a pound for everyone who commented "I had one of these once". Including Rose Rawles... who learnt to drive in one, maybe that is a pound we can cash in.
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#ford #fordcapri #classiccarrepair #classiccarrestoration
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It’s the little things in life… this Austin Healey 3000 has been delivered this week to cure an issue that has been plaguing the owner ever since the windscreen and hood was replaced. 

This is the first time we have seen this car and our task is to trace a very annoying noise at 50mph. A distinct whistling noise which has tried to be fixed previously. Obviously, the windscreen and hood is the first place to look, surely? It’s just been changed...? Wing mirrors... especially the quarterlight version when positioned incorrectly can cause some very funny noises, slight mirror adjustment and its back on the road, a completely different car and no noise anymore.
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#britishsportscar #austinhealey #bighealey #billrawlesclassiccars #healey3000 #classiccar #classiccarrestoration #austinhealey

It’s the little things in life… this Austin Healey 3000 has been delivered this week to cure an issue that has been plaguing the owner ever since the windscreen and hood was replaced.

This is the first time we have seen this car and our task is to trace a very annoying noise at 50mph. A distinct whistling noise which has tried to be fixed previously. Obviously, the windscreen and hood is the first place to look, surely? It’s just been changed...? Wing mirrors... especially the quarterlight version when positioned incorrectly can cause some very funny noises, slight mirror adjustment and its back on the road, a completely different car and no noise anymore.
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#britishsportscar #austinhealey #bighealey #billrawlesclassiccars #healey3000 #classiccar #classiccarrestoration #austinhealey
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Austin-Healey 3000 MK1 BN7 for sale, see the website for more details.
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 #austinhealey #sportscar #billrawlesclassiccars #bighealey #healey3000 #classiccarforsaleuk

Austin-Healey 3000 MK1 BN7 for sale, see the website for more details.
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#austinhealey #sportscar #billrawlesclassiccars #bighealey #healey3000 #classiccarforsaleuk
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Road testing before a long trip to Italy…

Repair and repaint completed on this 3000 MKIII. 

They look great in green but what’s your favourite colour?
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#austinhealey3000 #sportscar #austinhealey #britishsportscar #classiccar #healey100 #healey3000 #restoration #billrawlesclassiccars #classiccarrestoration #bighealey

Road testing before a long trip to Italy…

Repair and repaint completed on this 3000 MKIII.

They look great in green but what’s your favourite colour?
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#austinhealey3000 #sportscar #austinhealey #britishsportscar #classiccar #healey100 #healey3000 #restoration #billrawlesclassiccars #classiccarrestoration #bighealey
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Now sold!

This Healey 100 offered fantastic value for money and the first person to view it, bought it. A cracking car for under £50k.

We have a number of other 100's and 3000's for sale and ready to be enjoyed, some aren't on the website yet so please enquire for more details.
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#austinhealey #healey3000 #austinhealey3000 #austinhealey100 #healey100 #historicmotorsport #classiccarrestoration #restoration #classic #classiccar #sportscar #britishsportscar #bighealey #carsofinstagram #workshop #billrawlesclassiccars #goodwood #goodwoodrevival #motorsport #racing #rawles

Now sold!

This Healey 100 offered fantastic value for money and the first person to view it, bought it. A cracking car for under £50k.

We have a number of other 100`s and 3000`s for sale and ready to be enjoyed, some aren`t on the website yet so please enquire for more details.
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#austinhealey #healey3000 #austinhealey3000 #austinhealey100 #healey100 #historicmotorsport #classiccarrestoration #restoration #classic #classiccar #sportscar #britishsportscar #bighealey #carsofinstagram #workshop #billrawlesclassiccars #goodwood #goodwoodrevival #motorsport #racing #rawles
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The Bill Rawles Drivers Club 

On Sunday 16th June 2024 we hosted our first Bill Rawles Drives Club event.

We welcomed over 50 guests to our workshop for a talk, presented by our customer Tony Edwards. Tony Edwards is President of Aviation Heritage UK (AHUK) and a member of Birmingham University’s Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.

The title of the talk was RJ Mitchell, The Spitfire and the Battle of Britain.

Reginald Joseph Mitchell CBE FRAeS (20 May 1895 – 11 June 1937) was a British aircraft designer who worked for the Southampton aviation company Supermarine from 1916 until 1936. He is best known for designing racing seaplanes such as the Supermarine S.6B, and for leading the team that designed the Supermarine Spitfire.

Surrounded by classic cars in the workshop, Tony presented an informative talk on R.J Mitchell and how the Spitfire played its part in changing the world around us today.

The afternoon started with an informal drinks’ reception and canapés and after the presentation there was time for more socialising, tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

The aim of the Bill Rawles Drivers Club is to bring together classic car owners from all walks of life, age groups, makes and models to an informal and welcoming environment to enjoy your car with like- minded people. We aim to meet 2 or 3 times a year with a main focus of driving good roads, camaraderie and hopefully some good food and drink to finish off the day. 

If you are interested in more details then email us and join our newsletter - info@rawlesclassiccars.co.uk

The Bill Rawles Drivers Club

On Sunday 16th June 2024 we hosted our first Bill Rawles Drives Club event.

We welcomed over 50 guests to our workshop for a talk, presented by our customer Tony Edwards. Tony Edwards is President of Aviation Heritage UK (AHUK) and a member of Birmingham University’s Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.

The title of the talk was RJ Mitchell, The Spitfire and the Battle of Britain.

Reginald Joseph Mitchell CBE FRAeS (20 May 1895 – 11 June 1937) was a British aircraft designer who worked for the Southampton aviation company Supermarine from 1916 until 1936. He is best known for designing racing seaplanes such as the Supermarine S.6B, and for leading the team that designed the Supermarine Spitfire.

Surrounded by classic cars in the workshop, Tony presented an informative talk on R.J Mitchell and how the Spitfire played its part in changing the world around us today.

The afternoon started with an informal drinks’ reception and canapés and after the presentation there was time for more socialising, tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

The aim of the Bill Rawles Drivers Club is to bring together classic car owners from all walks of life, age groups, makes and models to an informal and welcoming environment to enjoy your car with like- minded people. We aim to meet 2 or 3 times a year with a main focus of driving good roads, camaraderie and hopefully some good food and drink to finish off the day.

If you are interested in more details then email us and join our newsletter - info@rawlesclassiccars.co.uk
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