I wouldn't trust anybody else with my 'baby'. Not only is Larry an extraordinarily talented mechanic with exceptional attention to detail - he and Julie are good people. They will look after your car as if it were their own, and they will give you time and service money can't buy. It's a pleasure being their customer.


Posted On: 28 April 2015
VW Karmann Ghia

Found Larry and his team on the internet. Been looking for an aircooled specialist for ages. Hey got one in Baldock. From stage one to completing a absolute full overhaul checking all the nuts and bolts and completing a major service these guys were brilliant. And at an affordable price. Magic.


Posted On: 04 October 2013
Posted By: Cogsy Baggott
98 aircooled brazillian

I've never stepped foot in Retrocustom and in fact i live over 500 miles away and yet the service and help ive just received over the past 6 or 7 days has been,plain and simply put, outstanding. I had a mass of wiring problems on my Ghia which were blowing my brain. Larry got in touch and in his own time and workshop time spent ages writing out detailed instructions and fault finding for me to use to solve these problems.The bloke has the patience of a Saint as i openly admit im clueless with electrics! I can not speak highly enough about Larry and Julie,the service,help and phone calls i received have enabled me to sort my Ghia ready for MOT. Thanks to Retrocustom i am now with in a position to go for MOT. It just goes to show that there ARE quality folk out there,who are willing to help and go that little bit further in offering a first class top notch service. After the treatment ive had from Retrocustom i have NO fears in recomending them to anyone. Many MANY thanks Larry and Julie you two are just brilliant.


Posted On: 14 June 2013
Posted By: Mario Sanders
1969 US import Karmann Ghia

After an engine averhaul my 1972 1302 S beetle (one owner from new) didn't run well, the workshop that I had been using for over 15 years and had re fitted the engine seemed incapable of putting it right, persistent backfiring and uneven accelleration was making driving a chore, to add to that problem whenever I picked up my car after servicing or repair I had to clean the steering wheel of grease, and I also had to complain about oily rags being left in the car. I was desperate to find a reliable specialist workshop to take care of my car. In desparation I asked a friend in Stotfold who also likes classic cars if he knew anyone in his area who could help, coincidentally he had heard of RetroCustom, so we both drove around to have a look, to be honest I have never looked back since, Larry is extremely knowledgable to the point that I am sure he must be the best around, Aden the apprentice has unbeleavable enthusiasm for his work, he was obviously destined to work there, Julie is the most helpful and friendly person you could meet, in fact the whole team do an amazing job, from the smallest to the biggest job they all give their best to do a perfect job, I only wish I had met them years ago, and by the way I now always get my car back spotless inside and out- just highly recommended!


Posted On: 29 January 2012
Posted By: Kridon Panteli
1302 S beetle

Larry did some work on my Trekker for the 2nd time this month. As usual the standard of work was of the highest quality, done with care & precision, at reasonable price. My chat with Julie made the waiting time sail by.


Posted On: 22 December 2011

By shear luck I met Larry's apprentice Aiden, who subsequently Introduced me to Larry & Julie @ Retrocustom, a garage that specialses in restoring & customising VW,s. It was fate, as we were chatting I noticed brake fluid dripping. Larry was straight under the car & within minutes my car was on the ramp & under inspection; they were not going to let me leave with faulty brakes. After 45 minutes of searching Larry found a faulty master cylinder; he more or less insisted that he fix it there & then, interrupting his busy schedule. Larry was straight off to buy the necessary parts & I was off for a coffee. The job took a couple of hours, it would have been quicker if my back brakes were not also replaced, but Larry was thorough & efficient, the man was amazing. Larry clearly has a pride and dedication to his work rarely seen these days with Aiden, an excellent, scholar by his side. As I said fate, right place right time; had I not responded to Aidens insistence to come & meet his boss & show him my rare VW Trekker 182, my day could have ended in disaster. I am truly humbled by this experience & have to say the job well fairly priced.


Posted On: 14 October 2011
Posted By: Barrie Sharpe
1975 VW Trekker 182

Larry and the Resto Customs crew have laid their spanners and Magic VW hands on a couple of my bugs and I've always left the Garage a happy man. The work they turn out is excellent and I would strongly recommend You taking your VW to them.


Posted On: 09 October 2011
Posted By: Simon Brauns
79 1303 Convertable.

If you own an air-cooled vehicle and need honest, reliable, fair cost, no-compromise, quality work - you need look no further. Larry's attention to detail is second to none. I have friends who own a auto-body repair business and they were gob smacked at the quality of the restoration delivered by Larry. He's a rare breed and in the future, I will only allow the guys at RetroCustom to work on my GP Mk1 beach buggy. They are superb. Thanks again Larry ;)


Posted On: 04 October 2011
Posted By: Andy Ortega

I have owned a 1974 Karman convertible Beetle now for 20 years. I was always paying out on expensive bills for what appeared to be simple work. That was till I made contact with Retro Custom, the mechanics there know the cars inside out and have real passion for their work always completing projects to the very highest standard. I had a problem with my Beetle the day before it was due to be used as a bridal car I managed to get it to the Retro Custon work shop where they worked well in to the evening to get the car ready for the wedding which thanks to Larry went according to plan. Since finding Retro Custom I have no need to go elsewhere. Even if I have a query it is so easy to post a question to which Larry always responds with a solution. I am, as I am sure you can tell a very satisfied customer and would recomend their expertise, support and passion to all.


Posted On: 25 September 2011
Posted By: Diccon Burr
1974 Convertible Beetle

We have been taking our beetle to Retro Custom for 4 years now, each time the advice and service we have received have been second to none. The team at Retro go the extra mile to ensure that the cars that go in, come out with a smile! Thanks. Lynne, Paul & Ringo


Posted On: 20 September 2011
Posted By: Lynne Smith
Beetle 1971, 1300, Customised

After years of persistent running problems with my 55 oval, I was starting to think that there was nobody out there with the knowledge and expertise to put iit right. I finally discovered Larry and the rest of the guys a couple of years ago. My car now runs as sweet as a nut. Their knowledge and dedication are second to none and I can honestly say that I am yet to meet a nicer bunch of guys in the vw scene. I have always found them to be ultra competitive with their prices too and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I only wish that I had found them years ago!!


Posted On: 20 September 2011
Posted By: Jody Gardner
55 oval

Selecting 1st and 2nd on my 356 Speedster was getting increasingly tricky. I thought I'd thought of every possible cause, but Larry and his colleagues sussed very slightly loose gearbox bolts, and in an hour a huge puzzle was solved. Lovely, communicative guys who know their stuff. So thank you very much. You're bug gurus.


Posted On: 17 September 2010
Posted By: Nick Schon
356 Speedster replica

Hi, I just want to say that the guys at RetroCustom are great. Larry and the others did a brilliant job on my 72 Bay. The workmanship is top notch!. They totally transformed my very rusty bay into a rust free head turner! (see my bus in the projects section on this website - the green one) They always kept me informed on issues and talked me through each process. No job is too big for these guys! When my brakes played up, Larry got me booked in and the issue was repaired in super quick time. Larry even came out to me one sunday afternoon when I had an issue with my fuel tank and gave advice on how to repair! I am getting married this year and my Bus is the wedding transport. This wouldnt have been the case if I hadnt got Retrocustom to sort my Bus out! Cheers again Larry & co. See you soon for a service!


Posted On: 14 February 2010
Posted By: james moore
72 bay

I'd just like to say Larry and the guys are spot on - they always kept me notified of any rising costs due to finding more things wrong and couldn't be more helpful. I think the following story sums up why I won't use anyone else from now on:- I took my bug to Retrocustom for a new narrowed beam and various servicing work when I bought it. All the work was done as requested and I picked the car up and drove home to Enfield. 5 minutes from my house the brakes unexpectedly failed due to an unrelated problem and after managing to get home I phoned Larry to let him know. He talked me though what it might be and then drove an hour to my house on a wet saturday afternoon with a spare master cylinder that he had and fitted it for me outside my house in the pouring rain! I have absolutely no problem in recommending Restocustom to anyone who wants top notch work undertaken by nice guys


Posted On: 07 February 2010
Posted By: Simon Ayres
late model resto cal

Great Guys, Great Work!! Took my 57 Oval to the guys for a full custom rewire. Larry did a top job on the car and the attention to detail was spot on. I only wish i met them sooner as i would have liked them to have done the full resto.


Posted On: 06 February 2010
Posted By: Lee Britton
1957 Custom Oval

Thanks for your brilliant work on all my vehicles and for keeping them on the road - you are always ready to go the extra mile to get them working again. The service that my bay had has kept it on the road as my daily driver - thanks anna


Posted On: 12 January 2010
Posted By: Anna Miners
1979 Bay

Just a quick message to say a massive thanks for all the top quality work Retro Custom has done on my Beetle over the last 18 months! If it wasnt for you, the car still wouldnt be finished and it certainly wouldn't have won a top 20 award at VolksWorld 2009. Your customer service is second to none and your 'do it once - do it right' approach has left me very impressed and confident that when i bring my car to you, there'll be no issues with the quality of work! I Just wish i'd known about you guys sooner as I could have saved myself alot of headaches! Thanks again! - Giles Marchant


Posted On: 12 January 2010
Posted By: Giles Marchant
1972 Custom Beetle

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