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.

Rare Globe Collection Arrives at V.A.

A superb collection of 8 NOS Unused globes recently acquired.

These late plastic ESSO pump globes really are the best we have ever seen, being recently found in the attic of a former garage owner, never used on pumps, one is even still in the original wrapping! An opportunity not to be missed.

We love finds like this and proof that amazing pieces of memorabilia are still out there waiting to be found.

New Paint Range Now Live

Our new vintage peltroleum brand paint range is now available! 

We recently collaborated with leading heritage paint manufacturers Craftmaster Paints to bring you a range of period correct & matched colours for vintage petroleum related brands. With a dedicated page of products which can now be found on the menu bar at the top of the page.

We aim to keep adding to this list as quickly as we can comfortably match colours and are happy with the mixes. From Carless to Castrol, 1/4Ltr to 10Ltrs or more, we can help you out!

Superb quality coach enamel for that ultimate period correct look which can be brushed or sprayed by the DIY’er or professional alike.

Please contact us if you require any further information.

Craftmaster Paints Collaboration



With the growing concerns surrounding Covid-19 we felt it time to issue a brief statement.

Firstly we would like to thank all our clients for their continued support. It is pretty much business as usual here being that we are based at home but with a few exceptions, we are for now postponing any future showroom visits and item collections but will continue to review this in line with government guidelines.

We have been managing to get orders posted as normal but please be aware that items may take a little longer to arrive particularly for international shipments due to various staff shortages and lockdowns. We are handling enquiries as normal via telephone and email.

Please note that following a change to the current lockdown status we will endeavour to process and arrange delivery for items as soon as possible but there may be delays in service, particularly for larger items. We are happy to reserve any items for collection/delivery once restrictions are lifted. 

We will aim to keep the website updated as much as possible although we will be unable to collect some new stock due in but hopefully there will be new items along as soon as we can get out ‘picking’ again.


Doug & Tash.

Craftmaster Paints Collaboration

We are delighted to announce a collaboration with one of the leading companies in the heritage paints industry. At present we are working together to produce a range of period correct colours for various oil and petroleum brands, ideal for DIY or professional restorers alike. These colours will be as close as possible to those originally used on many items of garage memorabilia, matched to original pieces including pumps, cans etc. produced in traditional coach enamel, aerosol and more. Exclusively supplied by Vintage Automobilia.

We will be launching the range in March at the NEC Restoration Show and will have some stock available at the show. Full details available in the coming weeks.

Original Wellsaline Super Lubricants – Super Sign!

A recent purchase and we just had to share it with you, this superb and completely original Wellsaline enamel has recently joined our personal collection. A very rare piece in this form, some double sided flange type signs also survive, in a much darker green base and with black writing to the top.

You may think this sign looks familiar, well in recent years hundreds of fakes have emerged, many sold at autojumbles, antiques fairs and that famous internet auction site.. very crude in finish and dark in colour, flat and convex metal. There is always a place for reproduction items but out and out fakes produced to dupe buyers is something we do not condone, we’re proud to offer only genuine original signage to our clients.

Dispensers Saved!

A pair of dispensers saved from disaster by their previous owner! Purchased by us from the small country garage they have been at from new, they had spent many years stored in a building due for demolition and were pulled from the site moments before the builders took over. Theyll make great additions to any collection once restored.

Rare Dunlop Showcard

A rare and early Dunlop tyre showcard that recently surfaced via an antiques specialist in Ireland. A UK piece, of painted hard board construction, circa 1893-1896, prior to the company name change to include Dunlop. How has this delicate piece survived for at least 123 years! Now on it’s way to a top UK collection, we have been privileged to handle this little advertising sign and know its found the right home.

Gulf Pump to Yorkshire

We love receiving photographs from our valued clients and one very happy customer has kindly sent us pictures of his latest purchase. The second of our Gilbarco Salesmaker pumps in Gulf livery now fully set up in it’s new Yorkshire home, with matching wall sign and 8 other restored pumps for company! We loved working on this pump and are glad to see it will be enjoyed for many years to come. Delivered by us in person, a long but satisfying trip from our Devonshire base. As always with our pumps this is a genuine original 1960s piece, finished to a high standard and restored retaining it’s original internal components.

If you would like to purchase a restored pump or commission one to be restored to your exact specifications then please feel free to get in touch with Doug. via the ‘Contact’ page.