A collection of cars we've renovated with passion
Special Interest and Nostalgia Automotive is owned and operated by Bennett French, a lifelong resident of Western North Carolina. SIN Automotive was established Dec 1, 2016. Bennett brings nearly 40 yrs experience in working with British sports cars. Most notably, Bennett and his father Martin French founded, The British Connection, one of the largest and most renowned British car restoration shops on the east coast. The British Connection, located in Dana, NC, operated for 15 years. Martin, a quintessential English gentleman, was himself a BMC trained technician and generally an all round mechanical genius. Martin passed away in 1997. The British Connection closed it's doors in 2005.
In 2013 Bennett moved to Charleston SC and subsequently co founded a shop that became the Low-country's preeminent vintage car restoration destination, specializing in American muscle and resto-mod type restorations. (A few British and German makes passed through the shop as well......) In January of 2016 Bennett moved back to the Asheville area and left the Charleston business in the hands of his partner.
In the final months of 2016 after talking with car hobbyist friends in Asheville, as well as former colleagues and business associates, Bennett decided there was a need for another sports car shop in the Asheville / Hendersonville area ; thus, Special Interest and Nostalgia Automotive was born. Special Interest and Nostalgia Automotive specializes in service, restoration and preservation of all classic autos from the 1930's to 1970's. British sports cars and vintage Land Rovers are a particular specialty, but Bennett is well versed in Tri Five Chevy's, First generation Camaro's, First generation Bronco's, Mustangs, LS engine swaps and vintage air conversions........etc.
Special Interest and Nostalgia has moved. The opportunity to lease the original British Connection building in Dana (Henderson county) . As of this date we have moved and we are open for business!
653 Deep Gap Loop Rd.
Flat Rock, NC
please call ahead
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: by appointment
VINTAGE SPORTS CAR SPECIALIST
*convertible top installation