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Adam Hughes with one of his classic American cars. Photo by Jessica Fahd. Adam Hughes with one of his classic American cars. Photo by Jessica Fahd. Featured
03 October 2013 Posted by 

How Adam built classic car heaven

By Mike Walls

AS a builder Adam Hughes makes a pretty good collector of American classic cars.

So much so that this Hills resident has converted his passion into a business with a stunning new showroom where people can see his creations – 18 fully restored American classic cars which are available to for hire.

It’s been a labour of love for Adam, years in the making and design. Alongside him all the way has been his experienced and dedicated mechanic Andrew Ezzy from Nick Combes Automotive in Castle Hill.

Adam has converted an industrial unit in Castle Hill to a grand showroom which resembles an old school 50’s themed workshop and vehicles can be viewed by appointment only. (You can call the team of ACCH on 9634 7274.)

The skill involved in restoring cars of this vintage is very much in the detail. Each car can take months of skilled labour to restore, not to mention the necessary modification requirements to each vehicle to conform to the Australian road regulations.

All cars must pass stringent regulations in order to obtain a blue slip and due to the vehicles being left hand drive. The law states that the vehicle can remain left hand drive if they were built prior to 1971. This means basic things such as indicators need to be adjusted for Australian conditions.

Some cars need rust removed and some substantial motor work. No expense or time is spared to bring each vehicle to pristine condition. Adam buys his cars from various auction houses throughout the USA.

The main one being www.mecum.com.au – an American based auction house that is a world leader in live auctions of collector cars.

Auctions are also held online which means Adam is able to purchase vehicles sight unseen but recommends buyers seeing each vehicle in the flesh as the only way to go.

Once a car is purchased, the importation process begins. Each vehicle can take up to a period of 3-6 months before they are in the country and released to the owner.

Then the restoration process starts. Adam plans to hire these gems out for weddings, formals, movies and advertising as well as photo shoots or any special occasion. He has created packages that include full chauffeur services, champagne and flowers.

“Building this business has been an exciting and rewarding project. We have already seen some success in terms of people booking weddings but the range of experiences these cars can provide is huge,” said Adam.

“We believe we have something very special to offer. No expense has been spared to recreate these special cars back to their original character and the experience we offer is second to none.”

Visit www.americanclassiccarhire.com.au for more details.



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