During the first Covid-19 lockdown in Spain in 2020, as we already had a huge passion for all things classic on two and four wheels, we went searching for ways to generate new income. Our existing tourism businesses were suffering tremendously, so we decided it was time to look for new opportunities.
As no one was allowed to leave their homes, we began looking on-line for a classic motorcycle that needed some love which we could restore and then sell. We came across a classic Moto Guzzi Hispania from a gentleman in his 80’s who had owned it from new and, as soon as we were allowed to move around freely again, we paid him a visit. After showing us for one final time that he could still ride it without problems, the man decided to sell his little 49cc classic, although not without shedding the odd tear.
So, we set out to honour the old man’s passion and began the restoration. After three weeks the project was complete and the Guzzi looked stunning. We wanted to keep the bike, but after reluctantly putting it up for sale, it sold within a few days and Vintage Wheels was born.
The concept soon developed further and, instead of keeping the proceeds of the sale, we chose to reinvest in another project. Not wanting to run before we could walk, searching resumed for another small bike to restore. We quickly found one only a few hours away and decided to go and take a look.
Lo and behold, it turned out that the owner of the bike would be one of Spain’s largest classic bike collectors. This catapulted Vintage Wheels to the next level as we now had a steady flow of rare classic bikes which they could restore. Working on several rebuilds at a time, people started to show a real interest in the quality of work we were producing. As with all restoration projects, challenges included finding parts, repairing carburettors, fixing throttles that have been stuck on open for years and matching the exact colours to the era of the original vehicle.
Having now completed quite a few bikes, the door has opened to our first dream car project, a 1966 Ford Mustang, which you will find us working on today. We just love revisiting the creator’s original vision, their engineering and imagination, as we aim to bring the past back to the present.
Born in Belgium, but growing up in Colombia and Venezuela, Benjamin quickly showed he was the daredevil of the team. Coming from a big sporting background, it was road racing that captured his imagination. Speed was king, however as the years passed, he mellowed more and fell in love with the incredible engineering of the past just like Fabien.
Favourite Movie: Wall Street
Drives a: Minivan
Always orders: Steamed mussels
The youngest member of the team but definitely a mechanical genius. Fabien shares the love of all things vintage and two wheels with the others. Born in France, he travelled a lot as a boy with his family, learning different automotive styles from all over the world. Unlike the rest of the team he hates carrot cake.
Favourite Movie: The Notebook
Drives a: Harley Davidson
Always orders: A salad