J R Wadhams Ltd was founded in 1989 by Jonathan Wadhams whose father was an engineer by trade but also used to race cars at Mallory Park in the 1950’s. At the same time Jonathan can still remember going for family trips in his Grandfather’s Rover P4.
Perhaps these early memories instilled an early love of Rovers and engineering both of which took precedence over his initial career in computing. Even before his business was started, he always drove Rovers and other classic cars and motorcycles to work on a daily basis.
He restored and repaired a large variety of vehicles giving him an important insight into the running of the Rover P4, P5 and P6 cars which has proved invaluable to the day-to-day running of J R Wadhams Ltd. Jonathan still owns his first P5B Saloon bought in the mid 1980’s which was used as a test bed for the first panels he produced.
The business developed from his terraced house taking over literally every inch of space in the entire house and workshop. Eventually, after a 10-year total refurbishment of a nail factory in Lye, the business was finally moved there in May 2010. During these 10 years, over a 100 engineering machines were moved and re-comissioned. These have enabled J R Wadhams Ltd to produce many parts in-house with total control over quality.
J R Wadhams Ltd is now indisputably the world’s largest independent supplier and manufacturer of parts for the Classic Rovers P4, P5 and P6 models from 1949 to 1977. The company has an unparalleled range of spares for all three marques. Over the past 25 years, J R Wadhams Ltd has purchased stock from around the world to ensure the continuance of classic Rovers.
Additionally these large stocks have been supplemented by the commissioning of new parts both in-house, often on original tooling, or within the UK. Over the years many new spares have been tried on test cars to aid research and development.
J R Wadhams Ltd is still a family business that has just completed 25 years of service to the Rover marque and to celebrate this achievement a new website has been inaugurated which we hope you will all enjoy.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers, past and present, for their support