2016 marked the 40th year that Sterling Restorations has been in continuous operation restoring classics, muscle cars, exotics and resto-rods. James Dewey Sr. started the business in 1976 in a small machine shed on the outskirts of Sterling, along Route 2. The company later moved to a mid-sized facility in the heart of downtown Sterling, before building the new 9,000 sq ft modern shop in its current location in 1993.
The first car restored car was a 1929 Ford Model A 4-door sedan. Over the years the shop has restored Brass era, Pre-war, post-war, 50’s classics, 60’s and 70’s muscle, exotics, and street rods of all types. A sampling of some of our major projects can be found under Past Projects. On special request we have also found ourselves restoring antique gas pumps, coke coolers, snowmobiles, bicycles, barber chairs, antique lamps and other special interest items.
Houston investor Ray Deyoe purchased the business from Jim Dewey Sr. upon his retirement in 2010. David Dresden joined the company as General Manager in Summer 2015. Dave brought a wealth of added experience to the fold, having run ‘West Coast Customs’ Middle East operation in Dubai as well as Living Classics. Under Dave’s leadership, the shop has made significant upgrades in equipment and improvements in our work processes. Sterling Restorations now boasts over 50 years of combined employee experience with classic and exotic car restoration and modification. We have come a long way in 40 years!
Our name says it all. In 2016 we will celebrate our 40th year of performing the highest quality restorations of antique and classic cars. From complete body-off restoration to small repairs and service, Sterling Restorations offers the finest in workmanship and customer service. Whether complete or partial, an auto restoration is an investment and should be handled with the utmost in professionalism. Don’t trust your restoration project to a collision shop or typical mechanic – classic cars are our business!
Our painting projects range from elegant finishes to serious racing stripes. The shop uses the finest PPG Envirobase (water based) paints, coatings and processes available. And, we utilize PPG’s state-of-the-art computerized color matching and materials tracking system. We perform simple blow-ins as well as full custom paint jobs and cosmetic restorations. Our ability to match paint color is unsurpassed. If you need a complete cosmetic restoration or just a minor paint touch-up, please contact us for an estimate.
Sterling Restorations offers a complete range of mechanical and electrical services from minor tune ups or re-wiring to complete mechanical rebuilding and upgrades, including serious resto-mods. Our expertise covers the entire spectrum of automotive history and over the years we have worked on engines ranging from single cylinder antiques to twelve cylinder power houses in modern exotics.
Parts & Fabrication
One of the challenges of restoring and maintaining vintage automobiles is sourcing the right parts. At Sterling Restorations we take pride in our ability to source those hard-to-find parts. And, we are a company dedicated to the preservation and utilization of the fabrication craft. We are capable of significant repair and replacement of sections in existing coachwork or body panels, or modifying an existing body to your specifications.
Below are projects that are currently underway or have been recently completed.
We look forward to adding your project!
Sterling Restorations has completed hundreds of complete and cosmetic restorations over our 40+ year history. Below are just a few examples of the vintage and classics autos that have been done by the shop over the years.
1912 Cadillac 4-Passenger Touring
1921 Daniels Submariner Speedster
1922 Buick 45, 5-Passenger Touring
1927 Cadillac Victoria Coupe
(Our First Car in 1976!)
1930 Dodge Brothers Truck
1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Body All-Weather Phaeton 355A
1931 Chevrolet Landau Phaeton
1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Phaeton
1931 Oldsmoble L32
1932 Model B Truck
1932 Packard 8 Convertible Coupe
1934 Ford 2-Door Sedan Resto-Rod
1934 Packard 1104 Super 8 Coupe Roadster
1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe 2-Door Touring Sedan
1937 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible
1937 Rolls Royce
1940 Packard Darrin 180 Convertible
1940 Packard 180 4-Door Sedan
1952 MG TD
1953 MG TF
1955 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible
1955 Triumph TR3
1956 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible
1957 Cadillac Coupe Deville
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Convertible
1957 GMC Suburban Pick-Up
1957 Oldsmobile 98 2-Door Hardtop
1957 Packard Hawk
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Convertible
1960 Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite
1962 Porsche 356B T6
1963 Citroen DS 19 Convertible Henri Chapron Body
1965 Mustang Convertible
1965 Mustang Coupe
1965 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
1966 Shelby Mustang
1967 Buick GS
1967 Chevell SS 396
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Mustang Convertible
1968 Citroen DS 21 Convertible Henri Chapron Body
1969 Camaro Z28
1970 Buick GSX Stage One
1970 Ferrari Dino Series L
1971 Alfa Romeo Spider
1971 Porsche 911T
1977 Lotus Esprit
1983 Ferrari 308 GTS