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With summertime just around the corner, this blog explores a dilemma that many classic car owners will be mulling over: should you opt for classic car air conditioning installation through a professional restoration firm, or should you install it yourself? 

A passion project

The attraction to DIY projects in the classic car community is common – and it’s no different with air conditioning. Installing a system independently offers the opportunity to delve into your vehicle’s inner workings, often forming part of a wider passion project of restoring or upgrading a car, and providing a sense of accomplishment. 


Installing an air conditioning kit yourself is also often the most affordable option, as you won’t need to pay for labour charges. Indeed, air conditioning kits for Jaguars, Aston Martins, Porsches, and more are available from Clayton Classics from £5,000, making it a more cost-effective choice for many. 

the challenges of diy installation

But DIY air conditioning is not without its challenges. The technical complexities and the possibility of unintended damage pose a risk, if you don’t know what you’re doing. Indeed, the task of fitting wires, pathways, fuse panels, grills, and air flow systems can be daunting for those without the necessary skills, equipment or experience. That’s why we recommend always getting expert guidance along with the kit for a DIY classic car air conditioning installation.

The expert touch for climate systems

This is where commissioning the help of classic car restoration and upgrade specialists might be more appealing, offering a more meticulous approach to installation. The commitment to perfection by trained professionals ensures that every air conditioning upgrade seamlessly integrates into the classic car, resulting in comfort, aesthetic appeal and preservation of authenticity. 

bespoke classic car air conditioning installation

Enlisting the help of a specialist also means that they can develop a kit that is bespoke to your classic car’s history, design, and crucially, your personal preferences, ensuring a seamless fit and preserving authenticity.  

finding the right balance

In the debate between DIY and professional restoration, finding the right solution according to your skills, time, budget and personal preferences is key.  

If you want to find out more about what the options might be to improve performance of your classic car and get it ready for the summer, now is the perfect time to get in touch and have a chat with one of our engineering and restoration specialists at Clayton Classics.

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