Classic Auto Restorations

Doug Latham, founder and operator of English Auto USA has been restoring classic automobiles for over 40 years. His passion started as a young man when his older brothers drove the latest English sports cars home from the service. Once he obtained his driver’s license and had the option of driving brother Don’s XK140 Jaguar, brother David’s Mark II Austin Healy vs. his mother’s Ford LTD Wagon ~ that is all it took to ignite his long-term passion for British Automobiles.

In 1972 Doug formed the business English Auto USA. He worked in a small garage behind his home, summers and weekends to help subsidize his college education. Doug earned a BS degree from Springfield College in 1973. He moved to Searsport, Maine in 1974 and opened a one-car shop. Since then the demand for his services has steadily increased, and so has the number of services offered.

The shop was greatly expanded in 1984 and today is a one-stop, full-service restoration facility.

Doug is ASE certified and the facility is recognized by the State of Maine as a Certified State Inspection Station. Doug is also certified by the State of Maine and the EPA as a Paint Technician. The facility has been sanctioned by the Maine Safety Board.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brenda
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 18:28:44

    I love this site…..great cars and nice looking staff.


  2. Joanna Ellis
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 15:22:43

    Your site is great and the cars are beautiful! I’d love to see what you can do to put my 1962 Triumph TR3B back together someday…


    • cfytech24x7 - chuck yahrling
      Feb 17, 2012 @ 09:00:51

      thanks for your interest in our web site and speaking on behalf auto enthuses your love of English autos. we would love to talk to you about your TR3 ….. you will find that we are not pushy sales men …. The TR 3 was my first car and I have fond memories of it .. when ever you are ready we will be here to help weather it is helping you trouble shoot a problem or a restoration
      happy motoring


  3. jim caputo
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 20:33:30

    Hello enjoyed looking at your work on the porsche 356.Welding looks top notch. Is the car for sale? Thanks jim caputo 845 800 0081 jim58sunroof@yahoo.com


    • cfytech24x7 - chuck yahrling
      Jul 16, 2012 @ 08:47:00

      Sorry Jim,

      We just completed the finish painting on the body shell and released it to the owner. Check out the slide show for pictures of the finished product in a few days.


  4. Drew Darling
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 09:16:51

    Doug is the Man. What he doesn’t know about English sports cars isn’t worth knowing. He came to collect my dead-to-the-world BJ8 Healey and breathed new life into it. He did the work in stages as money was available, storing it while it awaited the next phase. And, jeesum, you should see it now. It’s the Healey Monster, a little green beast of a car. Cheers, Doug!


  5. Adrienne Ricci-Cox
    Jul 07, 2016 @ 12:30:14

    Thank you Doug and Tony for the beautiful restoration and modification work you recently did on my 1975 MG Midget. We are so very pleased with the end result. Your honesty, knowledge, mechanical and restoration talents and abilities, well equipped shop and personable customer care is professional in every sense of the word. You’ll always have our highest recommendation.
    Adrienne and Everett Cox


  6. Deborah C Corbett
    May 28, 2017 @ 16:39:35

    Do you work on Land Rovers? I have a 2004 Disco


  7. Jayme Seward
    Oct 21, 2017 @ 16:39:26

    Would you be able to look over my 1955 Buick Super V8 and give me an estimated cost for necessary restorations? Thank you!!


  8. Cynthia Poplyk
    Dec 27, 2017 @ 12:47:02

    Do you do actual moving or just truck rentals?


    • cfytech24x7 - chuck yahrling
      Jan 17, 2018 @ 10:50:34

      If you mean trailering of cars, we often do that for restoration customers.
      If you mean moving from your point a to your point B, probably not.

      We do not rent any of our equipment.

      I suggest you telephone Doug Latham at the contact number and explain what you would like to do.


  9. Robert ward
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 13:24:38

    Passport Transport trying to deliver G. Talbot’s Morgan – anyone there to accept it? Thx, Robert Ward (I arranged transport from Ca)
    transport from


  10. Andy Ott
    Jun 08, 2019 @ 21:46:20

    Hi. Sam Shaw gave me your name. You restored his 1930 Dodge DH phaeton some time ago.
    I am restoring a 1929 Dodge that apparently has the same top (same part numbers). Sam said you basically built his top. I’d be interested in talking to you about That project, what you had to start with, drawings, dimensions, etc.
    I’m at Owls Head Museum tomorrow (Sunday) taking a look at that car.

    Any help or advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Andy Ott
    757 748-6153


  11. Carmen Torrey
    Jan 06, 2022 @ 23:53:28

    Doug restored a 59 TR3 A for me in 1980. What a special car. He did a great job. I had to sell years later to put groceries on the table and make sure the kids got good educations. Sure wish I had it back now.


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