About Us

Cotterell Engineering was first formed in 1984 by engineer and vintage vehicle enthusiast Steve Cotterell. Steve’s passion for engine rebuilding and white metalling led him to leave a career in teaching and the company has gone from strength-to-strength ever since. 

Steve’s son Rob Cotterell caught Steve‘s enthusiasm for vintage cars and motorbikes from an early age and joined the family-run business in 2000 once completing his ONC in Mechanical Engineering. Whilst working at Cotterell Engineering Rob developed his skills further and gained a HNC &  HND in Mechanical Engineering.

After the death of Steve in 2013, Rob now manages the company and continues to offer a range of services.

Ben Wells joined Cotterell Engineering as an apprentice in 2002 and is now an experienced Machinist who has gained a HNC in Mechanical Engineering.


Cotterell Engineering prides itself on the development of individuals who have an interest in working in Mechanical Engineering, Rob works closely with Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and Chesterfield College to find the right candidate. Cotterell Engineering has trained individuals who have continued their careers in the Army and Coventry Transport Museum.


“Cotterell Engineering are perfectionists, which means that the white metal boring work they did for me was spot on.” KG, Birmingham

“The guys at Cotterell Engineering are as crazy about their vintage vehicles as we are. They are very knowledgeable and seem to know just what to do to fix almost any problem we’ve come across.” SN, New Zealand

“I’m sure I could source the work I need nearer to the English channel but their workmanship is impeccable and I have never had to doubt the quality of the parts they have engineered for us. I also like the fact that Cotterell Engineering is a family-owned business.” Alan, France

“We’ve worked with Steve and Rob for several years now. It’s their quality and willingness that we really value.” WD, Clay Cross