News : Naylor Brothers Restorations Ltd closes after 50 years

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Mike Humble

Alastair Naylor standing next to one of the 100 TF 1700s which the company built between 1984 and 1986
Alastair Naylor standing next to one of the 100 TF 1700s which the company built between 1984 and 1986

Located just outside Shipley, Naylor Brothers Restorations Limited has closed down after many years of association with classic MG cars. Specialising in classic and sporting car renovation, the company started by Alastair and David Naylor also became known for the building of the Naylor TF 1700 – a modern, high-quality homage to the classic MG TF, which was launched at the International Motor Show in 1984. The car used a purely ARG driveline which mated a 1.7-litre O-Series Morris Ital engine and gearbox with a Triumph Dolomite rear axle.

The company was formed after the two brothers decided to make a business out of their shared passion for repairing and racing the MG T series range of two-seater sports cars. David left the business some years ago, leaving Alastair at the helm. The company also went on to become the first BMIH-accredited business back in the 1980s. In progress and pending restoration work has been transferred to Chris Baker of nearby Yorkshire Restorations.

Mr Naylor told AROnline recently: ‘It’s for no other reason that I simply wish to retire. Not only do we mark 50 years of business in 2016, but it’s soon to be my 75th birthday so I feel the timing is just right to enjoy life and take things easy.’

Alastair and Pat Naylor would like to thank their colleagues, contacts, customers and suppliers for all their friendship and support over the past 50 years.

Mike Humble

Upon leaving school, Mike was destined to work on the Railway but cars were his first love. An apprenticeship in a large family Ford dealer was his first forray into the dark and seedy world of the motor trade.

Moving on to Rover and then PSV / HGV, he has circumnavigated most departments of dealerships including parts, service and latterly - the showroom. Mike has owned all sorts of rubbish from Lada to Leyland and also holds both Heavy Goods & Public Service Vehicle licences, he buys & sells buses and coaches during the week. Mike runs his own automotive web site and writes for a number of motoring or commercial vehicle themed publications


  1. It’s a shame, but then if you’ve no one to pass the business on to.. Plus the requirements to licence a new car are as stringent as some of them are ridiculous.
    The small companies here seem to be nothing more than a target, whereas in other countries, like the US,they’re actively supported.
    I wonder how many of those 1700 cars they made, shame since a new version might actually be a sensible home for an ecoboom or small gasoline explosion.. Although 325hp out of a 2.3 is impressive and might make something like a 64 Cadillac DeVille a sensible green proposition – the original engine got about 11mpg(us).

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