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Classic car restorations and repairs in Eltham

Classic cars create moments in time that are unforgettable and priceless.

At Temby land, we love the classics and believe in the value of repairing and restoring them to retain their profound beauty and class. Whether your classic vehicle needs intensive treatment or a minor service, our experienced, knowledgeable and passionate Melbourne mechanics will do the perfect restoration job.

We treat each car as if it's our own - which means you will always receive your car back in optimum condition.

In fact, you will be surprised at what a car service, new car tyres, a wheel alignment and replacing old car parts can do. We would be honoured to devote our attention to your classic car and get it feeling brand new, but still with the same classic look and character it came in with!

Let's take a look at some of the beauties that have graced our garage!

Volkswagen Kombi 1979

For romance and freedom, the Volkswagen Kombi is the quintessential road trip car. Adored in the past by hippies and surfers we love that this nostalgic car has made a comeback! We love their space, vintage look and above all their quirky character. To us, each Kombi has a personality of its own.

In the 1950s and 60s, Melbourne Australia was one of the few places outside of Germany where Volkswagens were locally manufactured. This made them unique to those produced in Europe and the US.

At the time, they were very affordable cars. Now a restored Kombi can sell for as much as $20,000 - and rightfully so. The Kombi is truly a vehicle memories are made of - and you can't put a price on that!

Ford mustang 1966

This car is so popular, it's featured in music and movies - even making an appearance in the James Bond film "Goldfinger". The Ford Mustang first rolled off the assembly line in Michigan in the US on March 9, 1964, but was introduced to the public the following month on April 17 at the "New York World's Fair". Two days later Ford Mustang made an appearance on all three American television networks!

The Mustang is a classic and a beauty. We are not surprised revised versions of the car remain on the market today. "You've been running all over town now. Oh! I guess I'll have to put your flat feet on the ground! Mustang Sally now, baby!"

Ford XM ute 1964

Nothing says you're Aussie like owning a ute. The Ford XM Ute was a classic of its time, the perfect accessory for every farmer or block.

A lot of attention was placed on making the XM series durable for Australian road conditions with models in the past designed and tested in the US. This meant making changes particularly to the ute's suspension and tyres.

Ford has a very proud Australian history and never again will we see an Australian automotive dynasty like the one shared between Ford and Holden. If you have one of these timeless utes sitting around in the backyard, a new set of tyres and a car service will likely bring this classic back to life.

Ford XP coupe 1965

Another Ford classic, the XP Coupe came into production in 1965, a year after the XM Falcon series pictured above. It was the final series of the first-generation Falcon which had been introduced in 1960 as the XP Falcon.

The main change to this car from the previous year's XM series was the 'torque box' steel subframe which was added to help give the car greater structural rigidity to make it more appealing to the Australian market. Aussies needed tough cars to withstand the rough roads. This one lived up to the test!

Daimler MK 11 1963

Check out the wheels on this one! The MK11 was produced by the car company Daimler, one of the oldest automobile companies in the world. Daimler began production in 1896 in the UK making the company and its cars rich in history. The Daimler MK11 was characterised by its smoothness and sound of its V8 engine.

The distinctive interior and exterior luxury fittings also have us head over heels for this classic! Our mechanics loved working on this particular Daimler MK11 from 1963.

Jaguar E type v12 1972

The Jaguar E-Type V12 is a slick, high performance British sports car manufactured from 1961 to 1975. On its release, Enzo Ferrari called it the "most beautiful car ever made".

In 2004 'Sports Car International' magazine placed the car at number one on their list of 'Top Sports Cars of the 1960s'. In 2008 this car ranked number one in 'The Daily Telegraphs' online list of the world's '100 Most Beautiful Cars' of all time. From our end, we can see why! It even made an appearance in the Austin Power TV series. What an honour it is to cruise down the freeway in this one!

Jaguar MK 11 1963

When looking back through history, many classic cars fit in with the look and feel of their era of production. They almost become icons or symbols of their time. The Jaguar MK11 is no exception, with a look fitting in perfectly with its production period from 1959 to 1967.

In the media, this car gained a reputation as an accomplished car among criminals and law enforcements alike. It was fast - which made it the perfect getaway car. While its history may not be all that clean, this car is still magnificent and we think the history just adds to its now very charming character.

MG MGB 1969

The MGB is a stunning two door sports car, manufactured between 1962 and 1980. In Australia, it was assembled from 1963 to 1972, during which approximately 9000 were sold. The cars were assembled from complete knock down kits shipped from England.

Remember back in the day or in the movies where you would see young adults jump over the front door and into the front seat without even opening the front door? Or maybe that was you! This car reminds us of that time. We wonder if anyone ever missed the front seat?

Porsche 356 Speedster 1948

Who doesn't love a Porsche! The Porsche 356 Speedster is a luxury sports car that did and still does make heads turn and mouths drop open. It was first produced by an Austrian company from 1948 to 1949, where only 50 cars were made, and then by a German company from 1950 to 1965.

The Porsche 356 Speedstar we worked on is one of the few produced by the Austrian company in 1948. It sure had the delightful attention of our mechanics as a true rarity and honour to work on.

Porsche 911 Carrera s 2005

The Porsche 911 Carrera S is a high-performance sports car that has been around since 1963. A true classic standing the test of time the model pictured in the image above was made in 2005.

This car has been modified by private teams and by the Porsche factory itself for many types of automotive competitions including racing and rallying. If you're lucky enough to have one of the older models (or a newer version - like the one we just worked on) sitting in your garage, our mechanics would love to give it the best of attention.

Buick Riviera 1965

A luxury classic, the Buick Riviera had a successful long lifespan from 1963 to 1999. While earlier models stayed close to its original form, later generations varied substantially.

The name Riviera was chosen to evoke the allure and affluence of the French Riviera. If you have been lucky enough to visit the Mediterranean coastline on the southeast corner of France, you will understand what they were trying to evoke! We think they were incredibly successful, as this classic gets us dreaming about driving it along the French coast...

Volkswagen Caravelle 1985

A hip mini 'bus' that can be used for work or play, the Volkswagen Caravelle is a part of the Volkswagen T3 Transporter series. The T3 series began in 1979 with the Caravelle introduced in 1981.

It's not hard for us to pick our favourite feature of this car. We love that it can seat up to eight people and you can still look like the hippest Dad or Mum driving it around the city or out on the open road with the kids in the back.

Unlike Volkswagens of an earlier time, the Caravelle was not made in Melbourne, but imported. In fact, for most of the 1980s the Caravelle, as well as its T3 Transporter siblings, were the only new Volkswagens Australians could buy. This model came from a long line of Transporter models first introduced in 1950 and still going strong today. In fact, the Transporter is the best-selling van in history with over 12 million units now sold worldwide. Other generations include the T1, T2, T4, T5 and T6.

Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1984

This classics name is so Italian - and we think it even looks Italian. We are talking about the Alfa Romeo or, in Italian, Alfetta which was manufactured from 1972 to 1987. It's an executive four door saloon car or an Italian Berlina with standard five people seating.

It was popular due to its modest weight and powerful engine. With just over 400,000 units sold this car is unique and a true honour to get in for a car service. The one we serviced is from 1984 and we will never forget her! 'Bella'!

Rolls Royce silver shadow 1975

The Rolls Royce Silver to us defines luxury! Produced in the UK in various forms from 1965 to 1980 to date the Silver Shadow has the largest production volume of any Rolls Royce.

Initially this model was planned to be called 'Silver Mist' however the name was changed to 'Silver Shadow' after realising that 'mist' translates in German to manure or rubbish or dirt. Believe us - after working on this car, we can clarify that it is anything but... We are glad Rolls Royce discovered the translation issue before putting this car on the market!

We hope you have enjoyed Temby Auto Service gallery of some of our past work along with some unique information about each classic car model we have had the delightful opportunity of restoring. If you would like more information or to enquire about a restoration, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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