Why The Monte Hospital? Well, early in 1991 our founder started to make and sell body panels to
enable him to complete restoration work on his car, as he had promised his wife the rebuild would be
self-financing! The car was by this time two-thirds of the way through restoration. Then in June of
'92 he was asked by a friend if he would restore another car for him. A little time after that, with
two Montecarlos on the drive, both stripped out and being worked on, he remarked that the place was
starting to look like the A+E department of a hospital. Fortunately it seems there must also have
been a maternity ward as well, and that's how The Monte Hospital was born.
Sales and Support - Rod Shipley
Acknowledged as one of the anoraks of the Montecarlo world, Rod has been actively involved with
Montecarlos and Scorpions since the early 1980s. He's owned more than ten different Montecarlos since 1991 and has yet to finish the first
restoration he started!
Deliveries and Administration - Linda Shipley
Linda's firm hand on the behind-the-scenes tiller helps ensure that the parts you order are
despatched promptly and without fuss. A long-time Montecarlo lover, her first car (provided by
the company she then worked for, would you believe?) came on the scene in 1982.Pricing, picking,
packing, posting and pleasing sum up Linda's contribution to The Monte Hospital, as well as a
huge amount of behind-the scenes work negotiating with suppliers and delivery companies.
Sourcing and Manufacture
The Monte Hospital has always put the welfare of your cars first and has tried to ensure that all
the parts you ask for go into production. We started out making steel panels and, as the business
grew, we began to offer an increasing number of other spare parts. These were supplemented by
parts of our own manufacture, driven by our desire to improve the car from the point where Lancia
left off. To that end the business now has three distinct aims. Firstly we supply Standard
Parts sourced from both OE and aftermarket suppliers. Secondly we supply re-manufactured parts
produced by an ever-increasing number of outside suppliers.
Finally we offer a range of Performance Parts. With assistance from experts in the fields of
tuning, suspension and braking we have developed significant improvements in these areas. However
our dedication to improvement has not been at the expense of the standard parts and many 'new'
standard items like engine mounts and window trims have been re-created. If we badger our suppliers
for long enough and give them the right specification, we usually find the parts we want in the end.
Correct water pumps, rear wishbone bushes and ball joints are but three examples of parts that were
'no longer available' in the '90s but which you can usually obtain off-the-shelf at The Monte
Hospital. As time goes by (and remember - even the youngest Montecarlos are now well over 30 years old) we
find more and more parts are no longer available off the shelf. This has led us to make a massive
investment in re-tooling, something we will continue to do in the future to ensure our cars will
be maintained, repaired and restored for future generations to enjoy.
Our name may have been born out of a joke, but the reality is far from that. In the 23 years
since its inception The Monte Hospital has recreated a huge range of parts. Where parts no longer
exist they have been remade from scratch. Many parts which were not generally available have been
"rediscovered". The Monte Hospital constantly seeks new parts and sends out for samples to check
either their fitness for the purpose or to see if they may be modified to fit. Large sums have
been invested particularly in the re-creation of steel body panels, as these require extremely
accurate moulds. Creating accurate moulds means using original equipment panels that have never
been fitted to a car, often with their original Lancia rubber-stamping still in place! The moulds
usually cost at least twice the panel price and all this has to happen before we can produce or
sell any panels and begin to recoup our investment. However, thanks to prudent self-financing,
this small company has emerged as the world's leading supplier of Montecarlo and Scorpion parts.
We may be small by comparison to some of our competitors but our commitment to your cars is second
to none. Our variety of parts is unsurpassed, with the number of items available currently running
to nearly 1000 references. Back in 1992 it was just ten panels, today The Monte Hospital is the
only company in the world devoted exclusively to Lancia Montecarlos and Scorpions.
The future of the Montecarlo and Scorpion is now assured. Thanks to The Monte Hospital, parts
availability is better than it has been since the early 1980s, before Lancia themselves ceased to
support the cars. Of course all of this is only possible with your continued support, and support
is a two-way affair. With your help and encouragement over the years we have grown to meet your
needs, and we can now supply 100% of the parts you ask for in 90% of all the enquiries we receive.
We may never get to meet 100% of every requirement but we are certainly trying to!
During the 23 years the Monte Hospital has been in existence we have always tried to
pursue a policy of improvement to our service and expansion of our product range. Over the years
this has proved most successful, so successful in fact that we realised we needed to expand.
When our founder decided to retire in 2007 he sold The Monte Hospital to Rod and Linda
Shipley, who had been working alongside him since 2005. This led to the business being re-located
from his spare bedroom to a small workshop in Wiltshire. Eighteen months later we moved into
larger premises on the same site and in 2013 we completed our third move to our present premises
where, for the first time, we have a proper facility to entertain our customers when they come
to visit us from all over the world.
The increasing scarcity of parts from OE and aftermarket suppliers has seen a shift of emphasis
towards more and more manufacturing, and of course our founder's retirement left a huge hole (now mostly
filled, we're pleased to say!) until we could out-source the parts that he had patiently
hand-crafted for so many years. Despite the massive personal investment this has called for we
are quietly confident that we will continue to be able to supply virtually everything an owner
will need to keep our cars on the road for the foreseeable future....