Bespoke Classic Car Restoration Specialists

At Cartel Works we provide world-class, tailored, restoration services for all types of pedigree antique, classic, and performance motor vehicles.
Cartel Works has a vast wealth of experience in bespoke classic car restoration, bodywork repair, reconditioning and servicing of all types of pedigree antique, classic and performance motor vehicles. Some of New Zealand’s finest craftspeople will work on your vehicle to bring it back to its glory days at our base at the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum, in Nelson, New Zealand, where some of our best work is on display. Our clients come from throughout and outside of New Zealand are unified by a passion for their vehicles. We encourage you to be as actively involved in your restorations as you wish. After all, they are being created for you.

Our skilled team of technicians craft world class, tailored, restorations from our core workshop facilities within the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum campus.  In addition we co-ordinate the inputs from our other specialist sites locally as well as from our established network external suppliers. Our team have decades of experience working on the finest and most challenging projects, turning dreams into reality. We work diligently to ensure originality and authenticity which futureproofs both the integrity of our work, as well as our clients’ investments. Alternatively we can also add sympathetic, reversible, upgrades during the restoration process that improve the drivability of your classic.

We are an independent, private company, trusted to restore and maintain one of the finest car collections in New Zealand at the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum. Our work is on display every day and may be inspected by visiting the internationally renowned 130+ strong vehicle collection at WoW.


Our knowledge and expertise cover the full spectrum of needs for a complete vehicle restoration:
•   Vehicle dismantling and reassembly;
•   Repair, remanufacture, and replacement of components;
•   Full engine overhauls and tuning;
•   Servicing, rebuilding, restoration and concours preparation;
•   Setting-up classic cars for optimal driving characteristics and vehicle design;
•   Corrosion removal and prevention, panel and chassis member fabrication;
•   High quality, guaranteed, paint finishes matched to original or bespoke colours;
•   Complete nut and bolt rebuilds;
•   Reversible make-and-model specific sympathetic upgrades;
•   Complete upholstery and interior trimming services;
•   Replacement, remanufacture, and/or repair of all gauges and electrical components;
•   Vehicle exercising and maintenance programmes.

We also offer sourcing, investing, national and international vehicle logistics, and a comprehensive valuation and resale service.

Bespoke Programmes

We offer personalised restoration programmes to suit your requirements.
Our restoration projects are carried out to exacting standards by our team who are passionate about what they do and the quality that they achieve.
All work is carried out to your specifications. We discuss this with you in detail as the first step in your project in order to ensure that we are creating the end result you desire.

Vehicle Restoration Records

The story of your project is a crucial part of the project.
All projects are carefully managed by our dedicated team, and all work undertaken is recorded in detail by the technicians and coachbuilders who carry it out. This enables the owner to be fully informed about the work completed. A restoration portfolio including detailed photographs is created as the record of the restoration which then forms an important part of the car’s historical documentation as well as helping to underpin its value.

The restorations featured on this page provide examples of some of our current projects. Please contact us if you would like further details of our tailored services.