About Us

For more than a quarter of a century Derek Hood has built up a world class reputation for completing restorations and undertaking maintenance on the most significant road and racing cars.

What began as a hobby in the early eighties has evolved into an extensive enterprise restoring, refining and exporting classic road and race cars worldwide, primarily factory original examples or those upon which we have undertaken nut and bolt rebuilds from our Maldon workshops.

We were the worldwide Jaguar Heritage Racing partner for Jaguar Cars Ltd between 2011 and 2014, with a near 100% reliability record and many outright victories at the world’s most prestigious historic race and rally events throughout the world. We increasingly look after a number of other important cars for customers from marques including:

AC, Alfa Romeo, Allard, Aston Martin, Austin Healey, Bentley, BMW, Bizzarini, Brabham, Bugatti, Chevron, Connaught, Cooper, Ferrari, Iso, Lamborghini, Lancia, Lola, Lotus, March, Maserati, Mercedes Benz, McLaren race cars, Morgan, OSCA, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Shelby Cobra.

We work for both private and trade customers all over the world. We employ 60 craftsmen, technicians and engineers with extensive experience in road and racing car preparation. We operate from a 100,000 square foot purpose built facility with the very best equipment and facilities in-house. This means your car need never leave our facility for the duration of a project - enabling us to ensure the quality of work which has become a hallmark of a JD Classics restoration.

Jaguar Heritage Racing

The best craftsmanship safeguards your investment

At the higher end of the classic car world - values of the rarer models have appreciated considerably over the past 25 years as demand outstrips supply in this growing market. For this reason maintaining the value and provenance of your classic car investment becomes an important consideration to bear in mind when deciding who to appoint to undertake restoration and maintenance work on your classic road and racing car.

JD Classics' hard won reputation - which has been achieved on the concours lawns, race tracks and in private garages around the world - ensures you safeguard the financial and emotional investment in your classic car when you contract us to undertake work on your behalf.

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