Panel business proving a big ‘hit’ with classic owners

By Classic Yorkshire correspondent Tony Lofthouse

A classic car specialist that makes replacement body panels for a range of models is expanding its West Yorkshire operation. See below for a special offer for Classic Yorkshire subscribers.

Ex-Pressed Steel Panels run a unique press process that is able to produce high-quality panels from its own moulds ready for eager car enthusiasts, clubs and businesses who would otherwise struggle to find the parts.

In 2021, the Keighley-based company moved into a former manufacturing unit in the town to accommodate its panel finishing, storage and logistics operations.

The move was in response to a growing order book from local, national and European customers as well as US, Australian and New Zealand classic car owners.

The company pride themselves on making made-to-measure body parts from unobtainable original panels they hold. The process starts at its ‘press’ workshop in Cowling, from there skilled craft workers at its Keighley base complete the production. The finished items are then delivered to UK-wide customers or shipped to overseas clients.

The team at Ex-Pressed are constantly working hard to source original classic car panels to ensure they always carry a wide range of stock ready to meet customers needs.

Their hand-finished panels end up fitted to scores of cars from classic Fords such as Capri, Escort and Cortina to Peugeot, Jaguar, Lancia, Triumph, Hillman and BMC models.

The company are also keen to meet the needs of the growing market of ‘young timers’ who own emerging classics such as Ford Sierra Cosworth, Subaru Impreza, Jaguar XK and BMW models.

Managing Director Mike McColgan at Ex-Pressed said: “These are really exciting times for the business.

“We are proud to be producing the very best in replica panels for car restoration enthusiast, whether it’s for the owner of a 50 year old Mini or to fit on an up and coming classic such as the Honda S2000.

“We want to ensure that whatever your car we’re here to help you keep it in ‘tip top’ shape and make quality memories.

“Expanding into Keighley gives us the space and opportunity to really grow and keep giving our customers the best service possible.

“It also means we are always on the look out for skilled workers who want to be part of the Ex-Pressed team and build a career in the automotive business.”

Typical customer feedback on social media reflects the team’s great work, comments such as:
‘I am very impressed with your service and quality of the panel you made. It will certainly add value to the restoration of my Lotus Cortina Mk2.’

‘I am doing a complete rebuild of a Morris 1100 and I bought a number of panels (from Ex-Pressed) – have to say ‘perfect’.

And from New Zealand:
‘I have received my Cortina panels today. Thank you … the panels look fantastic.’

In celebration of the company’s move, Ex-Pressed are offering current subscribers to the Classic Yorkshire website a 5% discount on panel orders. The offer lasts until 31 August 2022.

To find out more about the company’s work visit http://www.steelpanels.co.uk or ring 01535 632721.

DeclarationI can confirm that Classic Yorkshire received no payment or benefit for this article.

3 thoughts on “Panel business proving a big ‘hit’ with classic owners

  1. Thanks Mike very informative, good to see the firm is expanding, I bought panels from them as early as late 70s always good to deal with.cheers Neil.

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