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 Tony & Jennie Kipling
Old English Cars, LLC  is owned and run by Tony & Jennie Kipling. 

They started Old English Cars in July 2006, a small specialist repair shop working soley on classic British vehicles in their adopted home of Western North Carolina, but have now moved back home to Yorkshire and are still working on vintage and classic British cars. Our Website is currently being updated so please bear with us as most pages still reflect our USA life.

The business grew beyond their expectations thanks to good old fashioned values and many word of mouth referals from loyal and happy customers who bring their cars from Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina as well as the local Western North Carolina area. 

They were featured in a 2-page color article in the November 2007 issue of the international LAND ROVER MONTHLY magazine, and have been featured as Small Business of the Week in the Asheville Citizen Times.  In early 2011 the business premises were expanded to double the workshop and car storage space,  and 2012 was another very busy and sucessful year.

In December 2012 we announced to our customers that we are moving back home to England in 2013 and would not be accepting any new work in the New Year.   We closed the workshop once all restoration work was finished at the end of March 2013, and after selling off our vehicles and equipment and a huge yard sale we left the Mills River premises at the end of April to embark on an 8 week trip around the USA in an old motor home, visiting Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon among many other wonderful places. A leisurely trip home concluded with a transatlantic crossing back home on Queen Mary II.

The new UK workshop opened in 2014 on a small scale without a website or advertising but as the business re-grows we shall soon get the website going again. Do check back soon. 

As a customer of Old English Cars you were part of our success.  Thank you!   


Tony Kipling in 1928 Morris Six, approx 1973
young Tony in his Dad's 1928 Morris Six in the early '70's
Tony off-roading in England mid 1990's
Tony in his restored SII at Uwharrie NC 2002

Tony has competed in SCCA road racing in his 1964 AH Sprite, coming 5th in 2006 South Atlantic Road Racing Championships.  Recently he has enjoyed Auto-Cross racing in his 1960's Mini Cooper S with the Highlands Sports Car Club. 

Tony in the Auto-X Mini, Summer 2011


Jennie Kipling is also from Yorkshire.  She started work as Service Receptionist in a Land Rover dealership in 1990 at age 19 and this is where she met Tony, they married 8 years later, chauffeur driven in a 1928 Rolls Royce. 
Jennie has worked in administration, accounting and sales and before their move to America was the Accounts Administrator for a branch of a large international company.  She handles the daily running of Old English Cars;  accounting, website, car sales and advertising.

Tony Kipling is an experienced certified mechanic.  Originally from England, he served a traditional 4 year apprenticeship,  working for a while at a Rolls Royce Specialist before several years at a top Land Rover Dealership in the UK.  He has trained at the Land Rover factory in Solihull, England and has over 20 years experience working on British vehicles.

Tony is also a certified Instructor at the Land Rover Experience Driving School located at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

He grew up surrounded by vintage and classic vehicles, going to car shows all across Britain, and showing a natural skill and interest in cars and engines from a very young age.

After moving from England to North Carolina Tony worked for the Asheville Land Rover Dealership for six years where he was well respected for his extensive knowledge, especially of the older Land Rovers, gearbox and engine repairs, but owing his own business and working on the vintage and classic cars he loves was always something he would do.

Tony has been involved in off road  driving and motor sport both in England and the USA and has owned and restored several series Land Rovers, classic Range Rovers, Austin Healey, Mini and MG vehicles.  Tony's current daily driver is his 1983 right hand drive Land Rover Defender, he also owns a  rare 1931 American Austin.

Tony Kipling 1964 Austin Healey Sprite Race Car
Tony racing his AH Sprite at Roebling Road, Georgia.
Tony Kipling's restored 1967 MGB in Old English White
Tony in his restored Old English White '67 MGB in 2004
Tony in his 1931 Austin
Jennie Kipling