A CLASSIC car specialist which makes replacement body panels for a range of models is expanding its West Yorkshire operation and will work between Cowling and Keighley.

Ex-Pressed Steel Panels run a unique press process that is able to produce high-quality panels from its own moulds ready for eager car enthusiasts, clubs and businesses who would otherwise struggle to find the parts.

The company prides itself on making made-to-measure body parts from unobtainable original panels it holds. The process starts at its ‘press’ workshop in Cowling, from there skilled craft workers at its Keighley base, in Pitt Street, complete the production. The finished items are then delivered to UK-wide customers or shipped to overseas clients.

The team at Ex-Pressed are constantly working hard to source original classic car panels to ensure they always carry a wide range of stock.

Their hand-finished panels end up fitted to scores of cars from classic Fords such as Capri, Escort and Cortina to Peugeot, Jaguar, Lancia, Triumph, Hillman and BMC models.

The company is also keen to meet the needs of the growing market of ‘young timers’ who own emerging classics such as Ford Sierra Cosworth, Subaru Impreza, Jaguar XK and BMW models.

Mike McColgan, managing director at Ex-Pressed said: “These are really exciting times for the business. We are proud to be producing the very best in replica panels for car restoration enthusiast, whether it’s for the owner of a 50 year old Mini or to fit on an up-and-coming classic such as the Honda S2000.

“We want to ensure that whatever your car we’re here to help you keep it in tip-top shape and make quality memories.

“Expanding into Keighley gives us the space and opportunity to really grow and keep giving our customers the best service possible.

“It also means we are always on the look out for skilled workers who want to be part of the Ex-Pressed team and build a career in the automotive business.”

In 2021, the company moved into a former manufacturing unit in Keighley to accommodate its panel finishing, storage and logistics operations. The move was in response to a growing order book from local, national and European customers as well as for classic car owners in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

In celebration of the company’s move, Ex-Pressed is offering a five per cent discount on panel orders to its customers. The offer lasts until August 31.