About Us

britishautoworks

British Auto Works has been working on and selling parts for British cars for over 20 years now.  At British Auto Works we only work on British cars and only sell parts for the British cars.  British Auto Works is the largest parts house and repair facility in the Portland, Oregon metro area and one of the largest on the west coast.

At British Auto Works we have a knowledge and understanding of these cars that we have gained from our experience of working on these cars.  We can handle anything from an oil change up to a full restoration.  We also have a vast selection of new and used parts as well as several cars for sale.  We work on the following makes; MG, Triumph, Austin Healey, Mini, Sunbeams, Morris, Jaguar and Lotus.

British Auto Works was established in the late 80's in a small 3 car garage by Ray Marty. Ray was looking for a retirement hobby that also helped pay the bills. It quickly became a real full-time job and British Auto Works outgrew the small 3 car garage. 

As British Auto Works grew Ray realized that his retirement was slipping away he began looking to sell the company. Bill and his son Stan, were British Car lovers that came in often for parts and discussion about their British cars. Bill who was a car lover and British car owner saw and opportunity and the rest as they say is history.

The Ultimate Restoration

Bill has been a car lover his whole life and has always enjoyed working on his cars.  Bill was first introduced to British cars when he was shopping for Fiat parts at Wakeside Motors and he saw a 72 Triumph GT6.  After some research he decided that he wanted one of those cars.  Bill then ordered his first British car a 72 Triumph GT6 Emerald Green with black interior.  Instead of waiting for the car at the dealership Bill decided an adventure was in order so he decided to pick the car up at the factory in Coventry England.    Bill and a friend set off to the UK to pick up his new car.  They then spent 6 months touring Europe in the GT6.  After the tour of Europe Bill put his car on a boat and headed back to the US.  Bill still has that car at his house to this day. 

Stan grew up working on cars and playing with cars since his dad enjoyed cars so much it just must have rubbed off.  When Stan was aro

und 14 he started tearing apart a 1966 MG Midget that his dad had picked up along the way.  With his dads help and money, Stan began restoring the Midget.  After a few years and some new paint, a motor rebuild, new brakes and a new interior the car was on the road.  That car still sits at Stan's house to this day. 

Our  current 9000 square foot shop houses new and used parts as well as our service facility.  Also on the grounds are about 150 cars that are for sale, parts cars and project cars.  We stock parts for MG, Triumph, Morris, Jaguar, Austin-Healey, Mini, and even Lotus and Sunbeam and specialize on repairing all those makes as well.

British Auto Works has 2 full time service technicians and a part time technician in addition to Bill and Stan.  Like we said before we can handle anything from an oil change to a full show 100 point restoration. Please fell free to stop by and take a look at our facilities or visit with one of us.  We can also assist you with insurance claims and collision repair for your vintage British car.


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From Bill:

It is difficult to put into words the things that I think anyone would really want to know about me. I am an over-fifty lover of cars. I have had an interest in cars as far back as I can remember my Dad coming home from work in a 1959 El Camino. My best memory is I could hide behind the seat, which I later discovered that it was just the footwell for the backseat of the wagon which the chassis was originally built for. (by the way, I have a ’59 El Camino as part of my collection). My life seems to be marked by the cars in my life and to make that point more evident, you need to know that I still own just about every car that have purchased.

I have always believed that cars, in some way, have a personality and will respond to different things. If you beg and plead, like “please start”, the car will somehow listen. If you take good care of it, like washing it or doing and oil change, it will respond by not breaking down; especially in the middle of an intersection. I guess you could say that movies such as “Herbie” really affected me as a child, and I still have those beliefs today. By the way, I realize that I have referred to the cars, in the above descriptions, in the third person, but in real life they all have names and diff erring personalities.

When I graduated from Portland State University, my first job was in an auto parts store, and a year later I was opening my own auto parts store in the small town of Vernonia, Oregon. This put me in a position that I was working on cars and helping other work on theirs. I was there for thirteen years and enjoyed most every day I was there. My interest moved in other directions for a time, but I always had cars to work on, and I was making plans to move on with a dream I had.

The first car I had ever purchased was a 1972 Triumph GT 6. I drove it off the factory floor in Coventry, England, on March 20Th and spent the next six months touring Europe with my best friend. By the way, I still have the car and the best friend. I am not sure why, but I have always had a love for the British Sports Car. It’s the design, the styling, the need for constant care, the built-in rust protection through oil leaks, the fun of driving one, or any one of a number of other reasons. I have found that most of the other people I have met who own British Sports cars care about their cars in the same way I do. In 1997 I was able to meet a fellow British car unt, and he had a small business repairing cars and supplying parts, both new and used. He was looking to get out of the business, and I was looking to get into just this type of business.

At the same time this was going on, My son was graduating from Oregon State University. He had shown an interest in cars as well. I am not sure that he has the same beliefs and feeling about the cars as I do, but I know he enjoys working on them. I knew it would not be easy working as a father / son operation, but after twelve years, we have experienced many highs and lows, and to his credit he has stuck with his old dad, and we have made a good go of a successful British car operation.

Our business specializes in the restoration, repair, new and used parts supply of classic British Sports Cars. Nothing newer than 1980. We pride ourselves on helping our customers enjoy their cars. We work hard to provide them with a car that is fun to drive, and they are proud to be seen in.