Jaguar won’t purr? Ferrari won’t prance? Maserati moping? Porsche pooped?
“Restoration is far more than the fixing of a classic car. It is truly a labor of love,” says George
Tyrones owner of Old World Motorcars, a restoration and maintenance facility in Tucker, Ga., specializing in European
Classics from the 1940’s-1970’s. “By combining old world craftsmanship with modern day technology,”
Tyrones adds, “we return classic vehicles from the back to their original splendor.”
When you enter into Old World Motorcars it is like walking back in time. Decorating the bays of
the shop floor at any given time one could find a 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, 1954 Jaguar XK-120
Roadster, or a 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS to name a few.
Armed with a team of esteemed master mechanics, Old World Motorcars is one of the very few
true restoration shops left in the country. Lead Technical Advisor and Master Technician, Terry Girone,
worked on what we call classics when they were nearly new. This “car whisperer” has had the
opportunity to work with Mario Andretti, and Paul Newman to name a few. “Every car that comes to us
has a story behind it. You can’t find that in a new car,” Girone says. “These cars cannot be hooked up to
a diagnostic machine to tell you what is wrong with it. We are the diagnostic machine!” And that is
where the labor of love becomes the essential ingredient. So many of the parts for these cars are
difficult to find or completely out of circulation, therefore, Old World talent must fabricate the part
themselves. With over 70 years of automotive experience in this team it is simply the love of these
vehicles which keep them tirelessly committed to the care of these classics. “Our customers
understand that our work is not quick or cheap, but worth every second and penny when we are
restoring Grandpa’s Jaguar or the first car they have ever owned. We are restoring memories,”
Much to the dismay of Girone, “this is a dying profession. It takes years and years of experience
to work with these special automobiles. It just has to be a passion.” It is through this experience,
time and patience that have satisfied so many of the countries automobile enthusiasts.