Ten years ago, the UK's started out as a classic car paint shop. As Henry Catchpole demonstrates, today, not many companies deal with the wide variety of classic cars that Thornley Kelham accepts. From nut-and-bolt restorations through general maintenance and storage, whatever the client desires, this team can deliver.
That's why they have such gems on the premises as a perfect Bizzarini 5300 GT Strada, a equally spotless Ferrari 250 GT, a pair of BMW 328s, a similarly pre-war Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental, rally-ready Citroën Traction Avants and the Aston Martin DB4 Series 2 that started it all for and in 2009. Unsurprisingly, Thornley Kelham also looks after some of the nicest Lancias on the planet.
Lancia's contribution to design and engineering can not be underestimated, regardless of how Fiat managed to destroy the brand once Deltas stopped winning rallies in the Nineties. But while we wait for a sudden miracle to save this unique brand, Thornley Kelham will deal with the cream of the crop from Lancia's heydays.
Like the Ardea, which featured coach doors, an ornament the opens the hood, and the world's first production five-speed gearbox. Or a Fulvia 1.6 HF that's right-hand drive despite being an original 1970 car that spent most of its life in Rome. In another corner, a 1963 Appia Sport Zagato, a small wonder we hardly ever see. Up next, a Group 4 Stratos in bits.
Last but not least, Thornley Kelham is familiar with all the Flaminias, from Pininfarina's Berlinas through Touring's Superleggera GTs to Zagato's Super Sports. And thanks to Lancia's ingenuity, there's always more to discover.