About Us

Hello! 

We are a small father and son company based in rural Herefordshire specialising in Austin 7 woodwork. We aim to provide a comprehensive range of components to customers "off the shelf", from full frame kits to individual items all appropriate for the model in question. We are constantly expanding our range in order to provide high quality framework for every Austineer in need. 

We will also happily consider other projects to individual order, be it work on a car of another marque or requests for "special" bodies, priding ourselves on flexibility. 

Martin Prior was bitten by the Austin Seven bug in 1972, at the age of fourteen.    By the following summer, he was the proud owner of the RP saloon that is still his daily transport today.

Originally a professional engineer, Martin started running his own business in 1984, specialising in the design and construction of high-end garden buildings.  He found his niche in producing individually designed railway themed structures, from signal boxes to station buildings and carriages. Due to the attention to detail and historic accuracy of the designs,  many preserved railways became regular customers and examples of our work can be seen on working lines all over the country.

We've recently scaled down this side of the business (in the interests of preserving creaking knees and backs!) to concentrate on vintage and classic car woodwork.

Martin was joined in the business last year by his son David.  An Archeologist and Ancient Historian by training, he brings some very useful research skills into the firm, in addition to his considerable woodworking abilities. 

Like Martin, Dave has been a classic car enthusiast from an early age.  Having just turned seventeen, he  bought a scrap Austin A35 and brought it back to life in an astonishing thirteen weeks, having it ready for the road just after passing his test.  When time permits, Dave enthusiastically works on his A7 special.


 
  1. Martin and Seven, April 1973
  2. David doing something dangerous!
  3. "Basil" the A35, near death in April 2009
  4. Basil re-born, July 2009.
  5. VJ 4985, still in year-round use.