Restoration begins on rare oil pump

Work started on a rare pump this week. We only know of 2 others of these Redline Glico garage forecourt oil dispensers to survive, both in museums.
Strip down for restoration which will include returning back to its correct original yellow livery, remains of which can be seen inside having survived its previous sandblast and paint. To be complimented by the only known surviving Glico oil globe that would have once sat on top on the small globe holder.

A great piece that we are really looking forward to working on.

New Arrival Signs

A selection of some recently purchased enamel signs all new to stock here at VA.

Some great examples from a wide age range including some double sided and aluminium signs too, various sizes, something for everyone.

Keep an eye on the website latest items page for listings.


Large Enamels Arrive

New arrival trio of large enamel signs have arrived this week here at VA. Superb condition, they don’t come much better! The Pratts is 6ft long!

These won’t be here long and have already caused a stir on our social media pages.

New YOUTUBE Channel!


Hello All! You can now find Vintage Automobilia on YouTube! Subscribe to follow all the latest from the workshop on restoration projects as well as vehicles, auction, museum & collection visits, new purchases, pieces from our own collection and some hints and tips on caring for your memorabilia!
Or follow just for a good laugh..!

We have some great content planned and will use the platform to document more about automobilia for our followers. You can check out the channel by following the link below.

Enjoy and stay safe, from all at VA HQ.

Black Friday Sales

Our first ever ‘Black Friday’ Sale is here!

With no trade shows or autojumbles this year and few bargains to be found we are joining the sale trend this weekend and bringing you up to 30% off selected items across our stock! With minimum discounts of 10% off Everything! Starting early on the website and from Friday morning on our eBay store. Don’t miss some great offers!

The Sale will run from Thursday evening 26th Nov 2020 through to 11pm Sunday 29th Nov. 2020

Shell Pump Trio Delivered

We recently wrote about several Shell pumps coming to the end of their restoration in our workshops and can now share the completed pictures of three of these fabulous original pumps finished and delivered.

Now adorning a fabulous Midlands colletion, we were commissioned to restore these pumps for a loyal client of our friends at Vintage-Motoring UK in Leicestershire, they have found a fantastic home complimenting some stunning vehicles including Aston Martin’s, Morgans and more in a purpose built new garage.

Thank you to Annie, Bev & Carl for trusting Vintage Automobilia with the restoration of these Pumps.


Seeing Red in the workshop..

Seeing red, in a good way, Shell Red of course!

We are currently finishing the commission restoration of three pumps for a single client all in 1950’s Shell livery. These original pumps have taken many hours of work, including the fabrication from scratch of some missing parts for these complete strip down and frame up restorations. A few teaser pictures for you to enjoy.

Superb Shell Sign Arrives at V.A.

A new arrival this week is one which has spent more than half its life underground!

This superb early 1920s Shell flange sign has come to us directly from developers working to build new homes on the site of a former garage. On the final set of footings being dug, up came this gem! What a great survivor, a few feet either way and it could have been buried forever more.

Pumps Galore!

Here we have just a small selection of the over 30 pumps currently in stock. Available in original as found condition through to concours restorations. We are currently looking to thin down our stock and offer some of the pumps ‘as is’ that we have not yet restored. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss any of the pumps shown here or see the ‘Pumps‘ section for more available items.

Patina Shell Pump

Latest pump restoration completed and something a little different.

Our client came to us wanting a patina look pump, clean but as original looking as possible. We had this Gilbarco calcometer in stock which was perfect and as much attention and labour has gone into this as one of our fresh paint restorations. We have de-greased, cleaned, polished & waxed the paintwork, cleaned the faces and protected them, set the dials to show the right price for the year of the clients car, sourced an original glass brand panel set in with new seals, rewired it, sourced missing trim, cleaned excess paint from trim and plenty of other little jobs we won’t bore you with! Topped off with an original Hailware glass globe.

We are very pleased with how this one has turned out, it’s certainly got a look to it that we just love!