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Bryan Purves

Specialist Vehicle Restoration

Bryan Purves

The Oast House


Gallipot Hill


East Sussex  



Opening Hours:

9am-5pm Tuesday-Thursday      



00 (44) 1892 770503



[email protected]




All prices quoted are in GBP £ Sterling

Payment accepted by Cheque, Cash or Bank Transfer

Carriage is NOT included, this will be charged in addition

All orders are subject to our Terms & Conditions


Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic we regret that we will be unable to accept visitors for the delivery or collection of goods.

Stock items will continue to be available and despatched.

We hope to revert to business as usual once the situation has been resolved.

About Bryan

Bryan's experience within the motor industry stems back to the early 1960s having sold his Lambretta scooter whilst at university he purchased his first car, a Ford E93A, which after owning for just five days the big ends started to rattle. Having subsequently rebuilt the engine to period Lotus specification the car was eventually sold and replaced with a Fiat 600 with suicide doors.

In 1965 he purchased a 1963 Mini Super de Luxe and although only two years old the engine was soon changed for a modified 1100 unit. Seats were changed, lights and switches added and then the local rallies became part of the scene.


By now a reputation for Mini  engine and rally preparation had become established with several privateers cars being prepared for continental rallies. A formula Mini Se7en car was built in conjuction with his brother.


With a family background of bespoke boot and show makers and a gentleman's tailor the natural progression led to both comprehensive vehicle restoration and re-trimming. Having had an engineering, fabrication and trimming background this enables the business to offer bespoke manufacturing in entirety.




Bryan currently is running and restoring several classic cars including rarities such as the D.P. Nimbus and the Camber GT / Maya


Bryan is also a familiar face on the classic rallying scene and has a particular interest in Works Minis including writing a book on the subject in recent years. You can see some further shots of Works Minis in action here. Some other rallies which Bryan has undertaken are

The 1998 Monte Carlo Challenge 

The 10th Classic Marathon

The Millenium Monte Carlo Challenge and

The Rally of the Tests in 2001.



Italian Job fans should take a look here...

The Italian Job 1999



Did you know...

The three number plates used on the Mini Coopers in the 1969 film were all said to be related to something specific in the film...

GPF 146G This came from the 'Grand Prix Flag'

HMP 729G was Caine's prisoner number 'Her Majesty's Pleasure 729'

LGW 809G was the gang's flight number 'London GatWick 809'