Introducing Speedy Cable

By Craig Ranson
By Craig Ranson

Managing Director – Bridge Classic Cars

We have unknowingly used the services of Speedy Cable in the past on various clock and dials refurbishment productbut going through various third parties.

On the restoration of our Jensen 541S we have headed straight for the source and now want to say a huge thank you to the guys and girls at Speedy Cable. They have made an incredible job of refurbishing the old clock when some other restorers have been unable to help with our request.

From the outside, the clock looks as original as the day she left the factory but due to modern technologies the internals have been upgraded.

Source: Speedy Cable

Speedy Cables is an independent small company located in South Wales employing around 20 people with a variety of professional, engineering and craft skills engaged in the customisation and repair of instrumentation and the manufacture of custom control cables and custom drive cables.

The market sectors in which the company operates is varied. Historically it was predominantly automotive including replica cars, classic cars, classic motorcycles, taxis, kit cars, motorsport and military whilst we continue to serve those sectors we also serve the agricultural, industrial and security sectors.

The company batch produces products from volumes of 2/3 up to 3/400 for some products/sectors and also extensively provides a bespoke service for almost all products.

Speedy Cables manufacture a wide range of mechanical drive, control and push pull cables from pattern, for sectors including automotive, motorcycle, canal boats, marine, agricultural, industrial and many more.

Speedy Cables History

Speedy Cables is a long established company and has served the automotive industry for over 60 years. The company Speedy Cables (London) Ltd was registered on the 13th of February 1975 and traded from premises in Islington, London, but its origins go back to a much earlier time when it had non limited status and operated from premises in Marylebone in London’s West End. The company had to move to Islington when its premises were compulsory purchased and demolished to build London’s Post Office Tower on the site.

A good deal of state secrecy and intrigue was involved at the time because the new Post Office Tower was a strategically sensitive installation that officially did not exist. Until the mid-1990s, the building was a state secret, and did not appear on official maps, even though it could be seen from just about anywhere in central London. Its existence was finally confirmed by Kate Hoey, MP, on 19 February 1993 when she addressed parliament. “Hon. Members have given examples of seemingly trivial information that remains officially secret. An example that has not been mentioned, but which is so trivial that it is worth mentioning, is the absence of the British Telecom tower from Ordnance Survey maps. I hope that I am covered by parliamentary privilege when I reveal that the British Telecom tower does exist and that its address is 60 Cleveland Street, London.”

If Speedy Cables’ founding business had not moved it could have vanished from the map into a black hole. This would surely have been one of the less common problems that new businesses have to contend with and overcome.

After its lucky escape from Marylebone however the company flourished in Islington and by the year 2000 it had outgrown its premises and moved to its present location near Swansea in South Wales. Over the years the company has placed great emphasis on retaining its staff with their many years of experience and acquired instrumentation skills. Speedy Cables (London) Ltd can now rightly claim to be a leader in its specialised field.

The company now manufactures and supplies all kinds of mechanical drive and control cables including a wide range of automotive instruments and gauges. In addition we repair, restore, and calibrate gauges from most classic, vintage and kit cars. The company holds ISO9001 2008 Approval and our certification can be seen by clicking here.

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