Gary's Restorations

Preserving our transportation history, one piece at a time.


My interest in cars, scooters and bicycles started as a young boy in 1950's California. I worked in my father’s upholstery business for 10 years where I learned many facets of automotive restoration. Although my ultimate professional career was completely unrelated to automotive restoration, I maintained an avid interest in the subject. After retiring in early 2010, I decided to restore vintage scooters and bicycles as a hobby.

To better train myself on modern restoration techniques, I attended the McPherson College Auto Restoration Summer Institute in Kansas in June of 2010. I find vintage scooters and bicycles in original condition and address the mechanical and cosmetic issues associated with 40-70 years of storage. 

I do extensive research to ensure that all replacement parts are correct. I use only N.O.S. ("New Old Stock"), used, or quality reproduction parts. I give the buyer as much documentation on ownership and condition as possible, so they know what they are buying and are confident that it has been restored to the highest museum quality standards. 

Whenever possible, I try leave my projects in original condition; I prefer to recondition rather than restore.

“You can restore something ten times, but it is original only once”.