The father-and-son team of Gavin and Myles Hicks are well known within local classic-car restoration circles, and over the years many concours-winning cars have emerged from their well-equipped home workshop. Together they can tackle virtually all aspects of restoration, including everything from mechanical rebuilds to spray-painting. Additionally, Gavin is a dab hand with a sewing machine when it comes to repairing or replacing worn interior trim parts.

Although they’re probably best known for their work on European classics, including Jaguar, Bentley and especially Maserati, they’ve also turned their hands to the restoration of classic rally cars such as a Group B MG Metro 6R4, and over the many years I have known Gavin and Myles I’ve seen them working on a huge variety of cars from many marques: Lotus Esprit, TVR, Alpine-Renault, Peugeot, Rolls-Royce and MG.

However, over the past decade they’ve also developed a taste for Japanese classics and even organised an informal club to cater for these types of cars. As a result, they have gathered together a number of rather interesting Japanese cars, including two road-going RX-7s, two racing RX-7s, a rare RX-3 originally raced in a Japanese touring car series and later in the US IMSA racing series and, of course, our featured Cosmo 110S.


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