Classic Car Restoration Happens Here !
Orinda Classic Car Center spawned as a result of an ever growing passion to work on classic American vehicles! Our staff consists of automotive enthusiasts who turned their love of the industry into a career. With over 40 years of experience our team has nearly been through it all in this business. Our main goal is to accomplish a high quality standard that exceeds our customers expectations. We enjoy the process of taking a vehicle that has seen better days and turning it into one that brings nothing but smiles once finished.
Hans "The Professor" Hiller - Service Supervisor
Hans has been in the automotive field professionally for over 40 years, he started getting his hands dirty working on lawnmowers and garden equipment with his grandpa "Les" at 5 years old. This eventually set his path in the automotive field. He has worked across the board as a master technician, manager, and instructor. His collective experience even includes having been in charge of a repair facility in another country over seas! He came to Orinda with the goal of accomplishing customers' dreams of restoring their classic vehicles!
“Vintage” Vince Poehnelt – Parts Specialist & Estimator
Vince is a breed of specialist that they do not make anymore, he is a master technician with well over 30 years of experience. Most repair shops don't have someone of his caliber. His vast experience from working on American cars and trucks from the 50's – 70's allows us to have success restoring these old vehicles. He has several drawers full of rare pieces that he pulls out from time to time. He also has a tackle box full of carb jets so he can help get all of his carb jobs dialed in, and has made several tools in the past to make particular jobs come out just right. Vince's knowledge when communicating about vehicles and parts is invaluable, and a perfect member for our team!
Xavier Estrada – Media Marketer & Parts Manager
Ever since Xavier was introduced to cars as a kid he has made it his passion! Early in his career he worked as a technician and moved into other roles in the automotive field such as an administrator. Since his arrival he has been our media marketer and parts manager. Having a keen eye photographing vehicles and sharing it with our audience as well as handling our media outlets, and managing our parts inventory making sure we are organized and ready to work on these classic vehicles. A true auto enthusiast and important member of our team!
Greg Sisk – Master Technician
Greg is a terminal car guy! After attending a trade school, serving on a pit crew and owning, restoring dozens of cool cars he now gets to live his dream every day. His personal collection is up to about fifteen. He has a rare skill set that includes welding, fabricating, electrical, differentials, carbs and computer controlled hot rods! We could not have the Orinda Classic Car Center without this guy!
William Paulos - ASE Technician
William is another long term member of the automotive community! After high school he became an engineman in the U.S. Navy Reserves, which lead him to pursue a career in the automotive field. He started to work on vehicles in the late 1980s at a gas station, pumping fuel and changing tires. He then furthered his automotive education and started to work as an ASE certified technician. And In 2004 he joined the Orinda team. His experience on various vehicles helps us tackle multiple jobs being a key member of our team.