About Gentry Restorations
Gentry Restorations Ltd is a family-owned British business that specialises in the authentic restoration of Bugattis. Integrity and passion are the words that best describe the attitude of the managing director - Stephen Gentry.
Stephen has almost 25 years of experience working with vintage Bugattis. His knowledge of the history, philosophy and engineering behind Ettore Bugatti’s products is unsurpassed. In addition, the company has access to original drawings and notes from the Molsheim Bugatti factory. There is absolutely nothing that the Gentry team cannot overcome when it comes to solving problems with these most cherished vehicles.
It all started on 1st January 2000 when Stephen and his father Malcolm formed the company. Gentry restorations Ltd is now firmly established and recognised as one of the leading Bugatti restoration companies in the world.
It all started in the rather modest Black Barn, in Adwell, Oxfordshire. However, it wasn’t long before the company had to relocate to more spacious, modern units in Wornal Business Park, Worminghall, Buckinghamshire. The extra space allowed for more tool room machinery and improved conditions within the welding and heat processing facility. The new premises also provides more space for completed cars, parts and dismantled components. Furthermore, the increase in workshop space means we can work on up to twenty cars at any one time.
During its expansion, Gentry Restorations acquired a reputation for being a friendly and co-operative business that helps its customers to achieve exactly what they want. The main reasons clients like to work with Gentry Restorations is that the team has extensive knowledge of Bugattis along with the willingness and ability to carry out extensive research into the history of any car. Once the research is complete and after consulting and obtaining agreement from the client, that's when the team starts the process of restoring a car to its former glory, in both specification and appearance. Repeatedly, there are clients who use Gentry Restorations to increase their collection of cars simply because of the team's knowledge, ethics, capabilities and exacting standards of craftmanship and quality.
The Gentry team is often asked to support owners that frequently use their cars on rallies around the world. This has helped the engineers gain invaluable knowledge and experience for solving problems associated with driving a diverse range of Bugattis, over both short and long distances. This experience is continuously employed to improve the driveability and reliability of every customer's vehicle.
In addition to entire, major vehicle restorations, there are many owners who simply require individual parts to be restored or repaired. This can range from fuel system air pumps to complete engine overhauls and chassis repairs. No job is too small for the Gentry team. There are also many owners who actively service and repair their own cars. Should such a person ever need it, the team is more than happy to provide free help and advice to anybody who asks.
In 2003, Gentry Restorations acquired many patterns and drawings from Raven Engineering. It was at that time when the company started to produce Brescia components. This was necessary in order to restore a particular client's car. Since then, the company has been asked to produce increasingly more complex and interesting components for its customers. As a consequence, the company now produces over 1000 individual Bugatti parts and components. Gentry Restorations is internationally regarded as Brescia experts because over the years the engineers have undertaken all types of serious Brescia repairs and restoration projects.
The range of parts that the company produces constantly expands owing to the fact that it becomes increasingly more difficult to obtain or restore missing or failed original components. As and when new parts are required, every effort is made to reproduce them to the exact specification of the original Bugatti component. This is done by using original factory drawings or copying the unusable part.
With a dedicated team of 15 personnel (4 administration and 11 engineering), who collectively have over 200 years of experience working on Bugattis; the company provides a personal, knowledgable and highly-skilled service that is appreciated by a truly international client base.