Classic Cars

Windscreens for Classic cars: We have been supplying them to the aftermarket for over 70 years.

At Pilkington Classics we still supply today the same original branding that we used at the time of supply to the manufacturer, correct to period and applied with the same methods. 

If you are looking for replacement glass for your restoration project or need to replace a broken screen to get your pride and joy back out on the road, we have you covered. 

Many owners have approached us over the years searching for a screen for a rare vehicle, or a special bodied ‘one off’ project. With a range of over 4,000 parts its likely we have the tools already, but if we don’t, we can remanufacture tools using your old glass as a template. 

We also have many different screens to suit different coach-built vehicles for Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Bentley and more… 

If you can’t find your vehicle please ask our team using the contact form. 

 

Manufacturing Process Now and Then
Cutting

The basic windscreen shape is cut from a flat form using templates, this is done by hand in the same way today as we did in the 1960's.

After cutting, the glass has its raw edges ground and finished again by hand.

Oven Loading

Glass is loaded into the bending oven as a cut pair. Gravity bending is still used today, here you can see box ovens from Kings Norton (1967)

Bending

Each glass is bent by eye and by hand. The glass is heated until it sags onto the bending mould, once fully bent to the tooling we stop heating and move the glass out of the bending stage onto cooling.

Shape Check

Immediately after bending we check the curvature in the fixture to ensure the shape is a perfect match to the tool.

Assembly

The bent pairs are split apart and cleaned, a PVB sheet is added and the glass paired back together. Excess PVB is trimmed and a vacuum ring is applied around the glass edge. This is the start of the 'De-Air' process

Autoclave

After initial 'De-Air' the glasses are loaded into the autoclave. This pressure unit cycles for two hours reaching a high temperature of 140 degrees while applying around ten bar of pressure to the glass – this seals the two glasses to the PVB making the final laminated screen.

Final Inspection

 

Glasses are checked for defects like scratches or inclusions, cleaned and wrapped and packed to customer orders.

The Final Product
Prototypes

ICON ENGINEERING: Project Icon 917K

One of the major issues I had during the reverse engineering of our Icon 917K was regards the windscreen. I needed the screen E-Marked and also heated to meet the IVA requirements.

And I was recommended to contact Pilkington Classics, who have been excellent in supporting at all stages of the screen development and involved me in the details of the manufacturing process and the optics to get E-Mark approval.

From CAD models, to wood bucks, to test screens, to production E-Marked screens.

Contact Nick Gardiner at Pilkington Classics.

Projects and New Developments
  Finished Side

Bristol 407-410 Glazing Project

Working with our friends at BODA we have developed the Front and Rear screens for the 406 through to the 410 models

Check out the full story here!

If you are looking for glass for any Bristol please get in touch with us directly or BODA

Classics Contact Details

www.windscreensforclassics.com

+441527505209

Brands

Period correct and to the same appearance as the original production run, we offer all of our original Triplex, and SIGLA Logos Printed in White or black ink or an Etched 'Sand Blasted' effect.

We strive to match exactly the text and logo details from the period to give your Classic car the most authentic product possible.

For very specific requirements like concours vehicles we also offer a bespoke trademark designed to your requirements and made specifically for your car - please get in touch via the contact form with the details for this option.

Downloads

Hard to find?

If you have a windscreen that’s not listed in our range, we may still have it on our system, if you provide the measurements of your screen using the 'Windscreen Dims' pdf we can check for you.

Flat Toughened glass

We can also produce flat door drops, Qtr glasses or Rear glasses in toughened, just make a template using the cover sheet here as a guide and return it along with your template to us, well provide a quote and If your happy, get it into production.

Windscreen Dims
Toughened Pattern Cover Sheet

Check out Chris Wrighton's story on how we developed a bespoke Windscreen for his Bristol 405 PS making some upgrades along the way.

" Thanks to you Nick, Akseli and all the team for your patience during the up's and downs of achieving the final excellent result. From now on Pilikington is my go to company for standard and bespoke glass products. .

 

Chris Wrighton - Owner

"Highly specialised work which to Nick and his team seemed a matter of routine. Nothing was ever too much trouble and they went out of their way to make sure everything was as it should be. I cannot recommend them highly enough." 

Mr Mallinson - Owner

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