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.

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.

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!



New Project Arrives At Base

An interesting project has arrived this weekend at Vintage Automobilia. A c.1920s Gilbert & Barker T8 with some modifications to suit its original position under a canopy, the neck has been heavily reduced and a sightglass added to the door for the gauge.

We were privileged to purchase this directly from the small garage where it worked and be able to see where it was sited and keep that history with this interesting piece.

Now assesed and being prepared for restoration to start.


More Pumps Arriving at V.A.!

5 projects pumps due in stock this week!

We are always hunting for pump projects to keep us busy and this week will see the delivery or 5 genuine, original pumps including 3 more Beckmeter M50’s. A great size of pump, these late 1950s pieces are available ‘as is’ for the DIY restorer (be quick!) or can be reserved to be restored by us on commission in your chosen livery, delivered and set up by our team.

Please contact us for further information.

Crypton Tuner

The latest arrival at Vintage Automobilia HQ this week & a little different to our usual finds. An early and rare Crypton engine tuning machine. An incredible looking piece with knobs and gauges aplenty.

We first saw this in a south Devon garage last year whilst on a picking trip. We loved it then and are very glad to have been able to purchase this piece. Now undergoing sympathetic cosmetic restoration to bring it back to its former glory.

Beckmeter M50 Restoration

Latest restoration nears completion. Late 1950s Beckmeter model M50 finished in its original Shell livery.

Pictured here with panels loosely fitted for the first time after paint. It is now undergoing final fit & finish in our workshop including new decals and will be ready to find it’s new home in the coming few days. An original Shell-Mex BP supplied pump.

New Arrival Beckmeter Pump

Another project pump landed at V.A. HQ today and our second Beckmeter M50 in stock. Available now with options to purchase ‘as is’ as a project piece for the DIY enthusiast or supplied fully restored, delivered to you in a livery of your choice! Contact us for further details 

Beckmeter M60 Completed

Our latest restoration, a c.1970 Beckmeter M60 is now completed. Resplendant in its correct original Shell UK colour scheme with period decals, re-wired (PAT tested), new hose & new glass globe. Complete with its internals, professionally restored in house by us to our usual high standard and ready to find a new home. A great size pump. See ‘Pumps’ page for more details.