Apprenticeships with Classic Motor Cars
Classic Motor Cars (CMC) was originally founded in 1993 and it offers a number of Restoration Apprenticeships at its expansive production workshop in Shropshire.
Although it began as a Jaguar specialist restorer, restoring the iconic XK120, XK140 and XK150, as well as the E-Type and XJS models, CMC has established an award-winning international reputation and now works on a variety of automotive brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bugatti, Lancia and many more. There are usually over 50 cars in the workshop each month for general servicing, upgrades, accident repairs, repaints, full restoration and other services.
The company also has a showroom with a wide array of classic cars for sale, supported by a Car Concierge Service which provides owners to call on a variety of coordinated services, ranging from transportation to and from UK and international events to servicing and detailing. The showroom is part of a new building to which the company relocated in 2014, and it is one of the largest classic car restoration businesses in the UK, with 36,000 sq. ft. of production space and another 24,000 sq. ft. for bespoke classic car storage.
Over the years, CMC’s experienced engineers and technicians have been trusted with the restoration of many of the most historic Jaguar’s ever built:
- E-Type 9600HP: the oldest and most famous E-Type in existence
- E-Type 1VHP: the very first right hand drive production Fixed Head Coupe
- E-Type Chassis No. 4: the fourth right hand drive roadster owned by ‘Lofty’ England, Jaguar’s legendary Team Manager
- D-Type OKV1: the first of the famous trio of D-Types that debuted at Le Mans in 1954, finishing in second place
- Coombs Mark 2 Saloon: one of the famous and very few original Mark 2 modified by racing driver John Coombs
- XK120 FHC: Jaguar’s works demonstrator car
In 2011, CMC won the coveted trophy for ‘Restoration of the Year’ at the International Historic Motoring Awards for its work on bringing a very rare and historically-significant Lightweight Jaguar E-Types back to life, after more than 7,000 hours and using more than 90% of the original parts. Jaguar built just a dozen of the aluminium Lightweight E-Types for racing, one of which was modified by the Jaguar factory for owner Peter Lindner, the German Jaguar importer, to a low-drag body configuration. Peter Linder raced the car in the early 1960 with Peter Nocker, and the car became known as the “Linder-Nocker Lightweight”, until the car was badly damaged at the Montlhery circuit in 1964.
CMC is also unique because on the 27th of August 2016, a majority shareholding owned by CMC’s chairman was transferred into a new entity “The Classic Motor Cars Ltd Employee Shareholder Trust”, thereby passing control to a trust set up for the benefit of the employees of CMC. This means that the company actually belongs to the employees, and this makes Classic Motor Cars a truly unique environment in which to learn as a Classic Car Restoration Apprentice.
Roles Available with Classic Motor Cars
The Classic Motor Cars Apprenticeship Programme is suitable for candidates who wish to earn a qualification in Classic Car Restoration, and can expect to learn the following skills:
- Interior trim: leather and woodwork
- Electrics: rewiring and diagnosing electric systems
- Bodywork: panel beating, using an English wheel and other traditional metalwork skills
- Paintwork: body preparation, painting and final finishing
- Mechanics: general mechanical skills such as engine rebuild, gearbox, suspension, brakes and other mechanical components.
Education Requirements for Classic Motor Cars
Please refer to the Classic Motor Cars Apprenticeship Programme on the company website, and complete the enquiry form to receive further details regarding the educational qualifications required for a place on the programme.
When can I apply for an apprenticeship at Classic Motor Cars?
Please refer to the Classic Motor Cars website for details of the latest Classic Car Restoration Apprenticeships and when to apply, as availability of spaces on the programme depends on the current needs of the business.