Citroen Classics is now able to handle any job from fitting a new bulb and supplying their customers with Citroen DS and H Van parts for sale, to a full restoration.With almost everything able to be done in house, we can keep a much better control over the quality of the work produced. No job too big or small.
Citroen Classics is run by Darrin and Kristina Brownhill, who are both from New Zealand.
After Darrin had spent 14 years working at a garage specialising in French cars, and in particular classic Citroens, in Auckland, he and Kris decided on a change of scenery and came to Britain. Kris continued her career as a primary school teacher, whilst Darrin spent the next 5 years working at a DS garage in London.
In April 2006 Darrin and Kris set up Citroen Classics, with the aim of offering a better level of service, workmanship and parts availability to the Citroen enthusiast and in 2009 scooped the Birmingham Telegraph Classic Car Specialist of the Year Award.
After nearly 2 years of sharing a workshop in Brentford, West London, Citroen Classics had grown to the point that it needed its own workshop in order to continue to provide the high standard of service which their customers demanded. In March 2008 it moved to new premises by the River Thames in Staines upon Thames, Middlesex and in July 2010 relocated the parts dept to another unit in the same complex and opened a dedicated classic Citroen bodywork restoration and repair shop in the old parts store. Paul is the guru for structure and bodywork repairs, not forgetting his ability to work magic with damaged stainless steel. In 2015 Matthew joined the team as Parts Manager to allow Darrin to concentrate on repairing cars in the workshop.
Darrin and Kris are both Citroen enthusiasts, having owned models from Traction Avant to C8.
They are both active in the Citroen Car Club and in 2011 Kris joined the D Section committee. They are also members of 2CVGB and the Traction Owners Club. In 2009 Darrin won an award from the Citroen Car Club D Section for "promoting the cause" and donating time to help D Series owners. In 2016 Darrin and Kris won the award again after organising the DS 60th Anniversary "Yarmouth to Barmouth" event.
Every year since 2009 (apart from a break in 2016) Citroen Classics has hosted and run a Technical Weekend for the Citroen Car Club D Section, where owners come along and learn about maintaining their car by doing jobs on it, with expert help at hand if they are not sure about anything. This has proven very popular and the highlight of the weekend is the Saturday evening group meal at a local restaurant.
We are currently being kept very busy repairing and restoring classic Citroens in our workshop and our parts dept is not resting either with new and used classic Citroen parts being sent all over the UK, Europe and the World every day.