About Us

1. WHO WE ARE

Stainless Classics is a private company with over thirty years in the business of manufacturing and supplying stainless steel replacement parts and fasteners for classic British motorcycles and cars. Our period is mainly the 1950's, sixties and early 1970's, but many items relate to much earlier models. Our reputation for quality is well known, and we combine matters with a personal touch. Whether parts are made in house, or by outside subcontractors, everything is made to our own drawings and specifications. This approach has enabled us to adhere very closely to the original dimensions, so the appearance and fit can be relied upon, because everything is based on measurements of original parts, and the threads and hexagon sizes are faithful to those used back in the day, with very few exceptions. Because they look and fit so well, customers frequently report their happy experiences.

2. WHAT WE DO

Stainless steel is generally a super material to use, and long ago, we wished that the old industries had used it! It is a bit different now, with most quality manufacturers utilising stainless quite a lot. Many of our customers, who actually ride their bikes regularly, much prefer to adopt stainless steel for the bright parts, and find it a sound long term investment. Stainless is now quite viable for a bike that is to be exhibited at shows, and many that have been kitted with our parts have won awards at National and International shows. Because of the historical period that we operate in we do not work in Metric, as a general rule, but utilise the now outdated British Standard threads, such as Cycle (CEI), Whitworth, BSF, BSP, BA, UNF and UNC.

3. OUR BACK STORY

My name is Will Horgan, the owner and founder of Stainless Classics. My roots in motorcycling (and old cars, for that matter) go back to the 1960's, when I was an engineering apprentice at Black and Decker, opposite Heathrow Airport. Except for castings, we made almost everything in house, including presswork, turning on automatic lathes, gear cutting and electric motors. I was in the tool-room for about a year, and also worked in the jig and tool drawing office. A lot of the apprentices came to work by motorcycle, and we were quite an enthusiastic bunch, so I learnt a lot from them. Where are you now, lads? There was Stan, who had a Greeves for work, and a Silverstone for Racing. Kevin, raced his Dommie as well. Anyway, the apprentiships paid off rather well for us, not just because we might sneak out with the odd homer, but more because the fantastic experiences and knowledge laid the foundations for our subsequent careers. Stan went to Canada to do Aerospace work, and I stayed in the UK, and designed things until 1992, and being short of work, I found myself teaching Mechanical engineering at the local College. As well as the theoretical stuff, I enjoyed taking the students into a very well equipped machine shop. I have always enjoyed making and designing things, so here I still am, in my own workshop.