Anyone who has ever owned an old British sports car knows that finding a reliable, honest and reasonable shop for repairs can be a major headache.
I had owned my 66 Sunbeam Tiger once, sold it, and then bought it back. I decided it was time for the car restoration and took it to a shop in Edmonton on the advice of a friend. Turned out to be a disaster - he took a deposit, stripped the car down real fast and then let it sit in a corner for over a year. I finally got fed up and lucked onto Bert at the Sports Car Center, also in Edmonton.
I literally brought him the car in a pile of cardboard boxes and went to work deciding how the finished product would end up. Exchanging the engine for a crate 302 and swapping the transmission for a 5 speed proved to be major headaches but everything was accomplished as soon as possible and with major improvements implemented by Bert, especially for the cooling system. The car was literally stripped to every last nut and bolt and then re-assembled and, aside from the normal little glitches, it has lived up to all my expectations. First two car shows - two first place finishes!
If you are considering restoring or even repairing your Classic, particularly if it is British, I would highly recommend Bert, John and Dave at the Sports Car Center. Even though the car is finished, I still like to pop in once in awhile and have a chat - there's always something interesting in the shop.
John Baker Grande Prairie, AB
Bert and his experienced staff know sports cars!
They particularly know the classics from Europe. I have entrusted three little British sports cars to their care over the years and I have always received outstanding service.
Not only is Sports Car Center good at what it does, when it comes to costs for restoration or repairs, Bert and his crew are fair, honest and reasonable.
There's no other place to which I would take my e-type or my xk140 for service or technical guidance.
They are the best in the classic sports car repair and restoration business.
Just a note to say ‘thanks’ for all the work you’ve done on our 1962 Austin-Healey 3000. It’s in winter storage now, but it was a delight to have it back from your shop last summer, and we immediately took it for a week of car camping, down to Writing-on-Stone and the Highway to the Sun and back again – the first time since we bought it in boxes in the early 80s that it’s been out on the highway.
The car ran flawlessly; all the interior work that you did looked good and worked well – and the fit on the top was wonderful. The suggestions you’d made for improvements – such as moving the windshield washer tank to an under the hood location, the ignition upgrade, etc. etc. – all worked well. And Fran especially likes the steering wheel!
We’re looking forward to picking up the behind the seat windscreen for next summer, and doing more “grand touring”.
Again – thanks for the help and the advice and all the work.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Doug & Fran James