RestoShack - Automotive Restoration

RestoShack is a small, progressive restoration and fabrication workshop located just outside of Exeter in the South West of the UK. We thrive on the retro and old school cars of the 60's, 70's 80's and 90's, helping enthusiastic owners breath life back into their pride and joys.

About Us

We are a small, personal shop, where each project is handled with care and attention. Our small team will be with you from the first call or email, throughout all of the restoration work, to the finished car.

With over 15 years experience in local body / restoration shops, we know our way around most retro and modern cars. We do not specialise in any one make or model of car, with recent projects including retro VW Golf’s, Porsche 911’s, Lancia Intergrale’s and much more.

Here at RestoShack we believe that everything can be saved, whether it be a ‘90s icon or a ‘20s classic, and everything in between. We are a modern and progressive workshop, specialising in classic and retro cars. We respect and use the traditional methods of body repair/ coach building, but also incorporate modern procedures and equipment. Giving us the edge to tackle both traditional restoration projects and modern bespoke car builds.

Take a look around the site, meet the team and see some of the cars that we have brought back to life.

Do we look like the right place for your next build? Give us a call on 01392 811661, or use the contact form at the bottom of the page.


Meet The Team

Team RestoShack are four diverse individuals working together with one aim…. the resurrection of any historic/classic/retro cars.

Each member of the team bring their own skills to the table, be it mechanical, metalwork, paint and body. Led by owner Dave Watkins, who’s style and passion echo throughout the workshop. This small team can rival any high level restoration shop in the country.

There are many great advantages of having a small, close knit team, one of which being that you will most likely meet and come to know each member of the team. Making you feel closer to the work then you ever have before.

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Customer Cars

RestoShack has worked on a number of interesting projects, from vintage restorations, to modern day classics. We have also completed our fair share of metal fabrication and one off paint work too. Feel free to browse through some of our favorite work below.

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Vespa Perfection – 1989 Vespa Mk1 T5

We have had the pleasure recently of working on some truly iconic cars here at RestoShack, but we are not always asked to revive vehicles with 4 wheels, we sometimes get treated to something from the world of two wheels. This time it was a classic T5 Vespa, which needed almost 25 years of use to be freshened up so that it looked and felt better than new.   We started by sending the panels to be fully shot blasted by First Choice Finishes in Exeter. This gave us the blank canvas to work from that we needed. Tapping and welding followed, before the long and time consuming bodywork process. Having so many panels all on display made it a job where the attention to detail needed to be top notch.   Once arrow straight and smooth we used Original Italian paint manufactured by Leacher (again all in the details!), with

Tom White’s Mk2 Escort Van

Tom is a good friend of ours here at RestoShack, and when he came to us with his trusty mk2 Escort van I knew this was going to be a fun project. The van is used daily by Tom and is used every weekend to transport Tom's drums to pubs across the South West for gigs. Tom was not looking for a full restoration, but a much needed tidy and some crucial welding before the rot set in too far. As with most work on older vans and cars, there were some nasty surprises in store for us as we stripped back the years and found that the slightly rusty sills were further gone then we thought. That was not a huge issue for us here at RestoShack and the mk2 was soon ready for paint. When it came to the colour, Tom wanted a classic white van finish. Not




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Address –
The Workshops, Pitt Farm,

Tel –
01392 811661