About Us

Car Shine - showroom 21

 
BMW - E46 - M3 Carbon fibre Bonnet cs 2 Mercedes - W209 - Rieger Complete Styling 3 PB BMW - E71 - Hamann Body Kit CS 1
Mercedes - R171 Styling - Lorinser Styling Front Twins
 

 

Car Shine has come a long way since 1971. We began then as a car valet service,

washing and polishing our customers cars at their own homes. During the 80's we employed more than 20 staff,

today we concentrate on supplying quality accessories mainly for European Vehicles.

We offer a full range of cosmetic accessories and services, designed to protect and beautify your car.

We make regular trips to Europe to keep in touch with world trends in body styling and exclusive automotive accessories.

 

Mission Statement -

"To provide quality products and service to the Automotive Aftermarket."

Car Shine History - E30 Zender Wide Body
Spencer St

Car Shine Pty. Ltd. was established by Gary Barker in 1975 and was joined by his wife in 1985.

Car Shine started in the early days detailing prestige vehicles, this soon grew to the supply

and fitment of aftermarket accessories to the customers vehicle while it was being detailed.

 

Our client base continues to be in the prestige end with Mercedes and BMW but has expanded

to include other European makes and models as well as some Japanese models.

Originally Car shine built specialized cars for the private individual but it was not long before

we were asked by some car dealers to build special cars for their show room.

We supply this service to all dealers in Australia, and where the vehicle does not come from Victoria

the dealer trucks the vehicle to us as we are well known for sourcing quality products to a niche market.

 

Car Shine have a prestigious showroom in Tullamarine, with a fully equipped workshop attached

where we have fully trained workshop staff to fit -

 

- Bodykits and Spoilers

- Wheels and Tyre packages

- Wood Interiors

- Suspension and Exhaust Systems

- Parking Sensors

 

80% of the above products are sourced and imported from Europe from Leading companies such as -

Lorinser, Zender, MS Design to name a few.

 

Car Shine have also over the years been building special Vehicles for motor shows and promotions,

these include - Holden Akubra UTE, Calibra Show Car, Grand Prix Pace Cars and

Celebrity Astra's. St. John Ambulance BMW Raffle cars.

 

A few years ago Car Shine changed direction by sourcing a various range of European products

to submit to the Australian Vehicle Manufacturers, as a result of this we have supplied the following companies.

 

- Holden

- Holden Special Vehicles

- Mitsubishi

- Volvo Australia

- Audi (Inscape)

- Peugeot

Are accessories necessaries?

Accessories for cars are fun

Their manufactured by the ton

Lots of chrome or just matt black

For the front or the back

 

Some make noises, some look good

Some lie flat, some are stood

Some are simple, some are cunning

Other make your car look stunning

 

What's the good of all that chrome?

You could save money, stay at home

Why have a car that's stripped and lairy

Looks so fast, its just plain scary

 

Why not a car that's plain and corny

Instead of chromed & striped & corny

I'll tell you why, because its great

To take a car in sorry state

 

And spruce it up till its a star

A showpiece of a motor car

So sparkling it just makes you proud

It make you stand out from the crowd

 

Why conform with common herd

To be the same is just absurd

So dress your car up with vitality

And show the world your personality

 

'Car shine'

Car Shine History - Safety Car 2 Car Shine History - Safety Car 1
Car Shine History - Monaro 1 Car Shine History - Show Car Seat

31 YEARS OF CAR SHINE IN BRIEF

1975 - Registered Car Shine, self employed car detailer. Concentrated on prestige car detailing and restorations out of small premises in South Yarra.

 

1976 - Expanded Work shop, continued detailing & Restorations.

 

1977 - Moved to larger premises in South Melbourne, employed two staff.

Car Shine History - Auburn

1978 - Registered Car Shine Pty Ltd. Relocated to larger premises in West Melbourne, expanded to the supply and fitment of electrical parts.

1979 - Ceased restoration work and employed Spray Painters to paint European body kits from leading European manufacturers (AMG, BBS, Lorinser, Zender).

1980 - Continued with painting and fitting b/kits, tendered and won a contract

to install mobile phones into prestige vehicles for Telecom.

 

1981 - Expanded staff members, employed 3 auto electricians to fit telephones.

1982 - We visited Automechanicka Parts and Accessory fair in Germany, with intention of supplying and fitment of aftermarket Accessories to prestige vehicles for private customers and dealers.

 

1983 - Had the knowledge and information for importing body kits and accessories and built up a reputation for the supply and fitment of quality aftermarket accessories.

1984 - Visited Automechanika Fair again in Germany for new ideas to keep up with current trends, models and expand the aftermarket business.

Continued fitting mobile phones for Telecom.

 

1985 - The business expanded again with the female side of the family joining the business, Mobile phones were allocated to private enterprise, we were appointed sellers of main brands of Mobile phones and obtaining product knowledge to offer all options together with expert fitting service.

 

1986 - 1988 - The business had expanded to approx 20 employees, detailing, painting and electrical installations.

1989 - Relocated to Spencer St for a street frontage and scaled down due to recession, Spencer was a main road frontage to encourage passing trade.

 

1990 - Recession set in, concentrated on survival.

 

1991 - Worked hard on getting volume with dealers and car companies.

 

1992 - Commenced the supply of wood interior kits to Holden Special Vehicles for the Holden Senator.

1993 - Built a Calibra (Show Car) for GMH, using special paint.

Went to the SEMA fair in Los Vegas for new ideas and new suppliers of wood interior kits, found Daytona Dash which enabled us to work close with the Mercedes and Audi dealers fitting real wood interior kits, cruise control and electric windows. Computers introduced into the business.

Special Vehicles - 1993 Melbourne Motor Show Calibra Show Car by Car Shine

1994 - Integration of the showroom and workshop to an up market building in Elizabeth St, Melbourne. We also commenced supplying Volvo Australia with interior wood kits for the 850 Volvo.

Also built special VW Golfs, Audi A4's for the dealers.

Put proposal to company handling Raffles for St. John Ambulance, built special Mercedes with B/Kit, wheels, wood, chrome, exhausts for Raffle ticket sales

1995 - Compiled over several months presentation to AUDI Australia for O.E Supply of wood interiors. Built special BMW's for Raffle cars.

1996 - Built the Course Cars, Medic Car and modified the Astras for GMH, which were used in the celebrity race at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Also did presentation of body kits for the new release Astra F for GMH. Commenced contract with GMH to build between 300-500 GSI Astra's. Continued building BMW Raffle cars.

Holden Opel - Astra - Right Holden Styling Astra Cabrio by Car Shine

1997 - Continued to build Astra GSI's, modified Course and Medic cars for Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Built a Cordobra for SEAT for the Melbourne Motor Show in March.

 

Purchased a second hand Mercedes W202 to do full Lorinser program and exhibit in Melbourne Motor Show. Also purchased a new Audi A4 to do full Zender program and showcase to Audi dealers.

Did presentation to Volvo Australia for wood interiors on models S40, S70. Produced presentation to Volvo Australia on Body Kits for S40/V40.

Car Shine History - Safety Car 1
Car Shine History - Show Car Seat

1998 - Supplied and fitted cruise controls on Audi A4's new model for the Audi dealers and continued to build special cars for showroom or individual customers.

Also continued with special projects for GMH and were approached by GMH to assist with the first Monaro prototype (paint & style) which was under full security.

Car Shine History - Monaro 1
1999 - Played a big part in the building of the Utster for GMH, also painted a customized Ute for the Footy Show. Customized and modified the Prime Ministers Holden Statesman for the 2000 Olympic games. Built a number of special Audi's for Audi's Australian Dealers.
2000 - Supplied and fitted large sports brakes and retrimed leather on a Holden Caprice Project Car, Calais and Ute for GMH. Continued building special Audi's for Audi Dealers. Holden Opel - Commodore Accessories - Brante Monaro by Car Shine

2001 - Painted a custom ute Body and engine bay for GMH show car.

Started supplying and fitting interior Wood Kits for Audi Dealers.

2002 - Concentrated on obtaining interstate distributors. Created business in Perth for the redistribution of Car Shine Products in Western Australia.

 

Commenced supplying Lorinser and Zender packages. Supplied and fitted B/kits for second hand BMW dealer cars. The dealer was so impressed with the quality and service, they started to order kits for their own individual cars.

Car Shine History - E30 Lumma Kit Car Shine History - W201-SEC-Bonnet-and-Lorinser

2003 - Commissioned by GMH in the restoration and rebuild of a one off GTRX classic show car. The car then got sent to GM's US Head Quarters.

 

Customised a Mercedes SL600 with a custom one of, Wald Body Kit.

Organized the supply of Suspension Kits to Volkswagen dealers.

Continued supplying spoilers to BMW dealers.

2004 - Supplied GMH and the Mercedes Benz dealers with Lorinser wheel and tyre packages and worked on selling chrome accessories to our distributors in volume. Continued to personalise high end European models to owners individual needs.

Mercedes - SLK R170 Styling - Lorinser Front Lip Spoiler

2005 - Early in the year we decided to leave our city premises and purchase our own building in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. This was a big move and one which has helped the business grow further. The new location in Tullamarine with ample of street parking which was a problem in the city area. We continue to supply the spoilers to the BMW Dealers, and personalising European cars, supplying Wheel and Tyre packages to GMH and Mercedes Benz dealers.

 

Completed a sports styling conversion for a Black RAV4 and secured an overseas client for the supply of our unique stainless steel personalized number plate frames. Company director went to the Essen Auto Show in Germany at the end of the year to liaise with suppliers and gather information on the latest trends in the automobile industry.

2006 - Another order from our overseas customer started the year of well. We continue to supply wheel and tyre packages, suspension kits, wood leather steering wheels, body kits and spoilers.

Have completed the custom build of a high performance supercharged UTE for one of our Mercedes Benz clients.

31 YEARS OF CAR SHINE IN BRIEF

1975 - Registered Car Shine, self employed car detailer. Concentrated on prestige car detailing and restorations out of small premises in South Yarra.

 

1976 - Expanded Work shop, continued detailing & Restorations.

 

1977 - Moved to larger premises in South Melbourne, employed two staff.

Car Shine History - Auburn

1978 - Registered Car Shine Pty Ltd. Relocated to larger premises in West Melbourne, expanded to the supply and fitment of electrical parts.

1979 - Ceased restoration work and employed Spray Painters to paint European body kits from leading European manufacturers (AMG, BBS, Lorinser, Zender).

1980 - Continued with painting and fitting b/kits, tendered and won a contract

to install mobile phones into prestige vehicles for Telecom.

 

1981 - Expanded staff members, employed 3 auto electricians to fit telephones.

1982 - We visited Automechanicka Parts and Accessory fair in Germany, with intention of supplying and fitment of aftermarket Accessories to prestige vehicles for private customers and dealers.

 

1983 - Had the knowledge and information for importing body kits and accessories and built up a reputation for the supply and fitment of quality aftermarket accessories.

1984 - Visited Automechanika Fair again in Germany for new ideas to keep up with current trends, models and expand the aftermarket business.

Continued fitting mobile phones for Telecom.

 

1985 - The business expanded again with the female side of the family joining the business, Mobile phones were allocated to private enterprise, we were appointed sellers of main brands of Mobile phones and obtaining product knowledge to offer all options together with expert fitting service.

 

1986 - 1988 - The business had expanded to approx 20 employees, detailing, painting and electrical installations.

1989 - Relocated to Spencer St for a street frontage and scaled down due to recession, Spencer was a main road frontage to encourage passing trade.

 

1990 - Recession set in, concentrated on survival.

 

1991 - Worked hard on getting volume with dealers and car companies.

 

1992 - Commenced the supply of wood interior kits to Holden Special Vehicles for the Holden Senator.

1993 - Built a Calibra (Show Car) for GMH, using special paint.

Went to the SEMA fair in Los Vegas for new ideas and new suppliers of wood interior kits, found Daytona Dash which enabled us to work close with the Mercedes and Audi dealers fitting real wood interior kits, cruise control and electric windows. Computers introduced into the business.

Special Vehicles - 1993 Melbourne Motor Show Calibra Show Car by Car Shine

1994 - Integration of the showroom and workshop to an up market building in Elizabeth St, Melbourne. We also commenced supplying Volvo Australia with interior wood kits for the 850 Volvo.

Also built special VW Golfs, Audi A4's for the dealers.

Put proposal to company handling Raffles for St. John Ambulance, built special Mercedes with B/Kit, wheels, wood, chrome, exhausts for Raffle ticket sales

1995 - Compiled over several months presentation to AUDI Australia for O.E Supply of wood interiors. Built special BMW's for Raffle cars.

1996 - Built the Course Cars, Medic Car and modified the Astras for GMH, which were used in the celebrity race at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Also did presentation of body kits for the new release Astra F for GMH. Commenced contract with GMH to build between 300-500 GSI Astra's. Continued building BMW Raffle cars.

Holden Opel - Astra - Right Holden Styling Astra Cabrio by Car Shine

1997 - Continued to build Astra GSI's, modified Course and Medic cars for Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Built a Cordobra for SEAT for the Melbourne Motor Show in March.

 

Purchased a second hand Mercedes W202 to do full Lorinser program and exhibit in Melbourne Motor Show. Also purchased a new Audi A4 to do full Zender program and showcase to Audi dealers.

Did presentation to Volvo Australia for wood interiors on models S40, S70. Produced presentation to Volvo Australia on Body Kits for S40/V40.

Car Shine History - Safety Car 1
Car Shine History - Show Car Seat

1998 - Supplied and fitted cruise controls on Audi A4's new model for the Audi dealers and continued to build special cars for showroom or individual customers.

Also continued with special projects for GMH and were approached by GMH to assist with the first Monaro prototype (paint & style) which was under full security.

Car Shine History - Monaro 1
1999 - Played a big part in the building of the Utster for GMH, also painted a customized Ute for the Footy Show. Customized and modified the Prime Ministers Holden Statesman for the 2000 Olympic games. Built a number of special Audi's for Audi's Australian Dealers.
2000 - Supplied and fitted large sports brakes and retrimed leather on a Holden Caprice Project Car, Calais and Ute for GMH. Continued building special Audi's for Audi Dealers. Holden Opel - Commodore Accessories - Brante Monaro by Car Shine

2001 - Painted a custom ute Body and engine bay for GMH show car.

Started supplying and fitting interior Wood Kits for Audi Dealers.

2002 - Concentrated on obtaining interstate distributors. Created business in Perth for the redistribution of Car Shine Products in Western Australia.

 

Commenced supplying Lorinser and Zender packages. Supplied and fitted B/kits for second hand BMW dealer cars. The dealer was so impressed with the quality and service, they started to order kits for their own individual cars.

Car Shine History - E30 Lumma Kit Car Shine History - W201-SEC-Bonnet-and-Lorinser

2003 - Commissioned by GMH in the restoration and rebuild of a one off GTRX classic show car. The car then got sent to GM's US Head Quarters.

 

Customised a Mercedes SL600 with a custom one of, Wald Body Kit.

Organized the supply of Suspension Kits to Volkswagen dealers.

Continued supplying spoilers to BMW dealers.

2004 - Supplied GMH and the Mercedes Benz dealers with Lorinser wheel and tyre packages and worked on selling chrome accessories to our distributors in volume. Continued to personalise high end European models to owners individual needs.

Mercedes - SLK R170 Styling - Lorinser Front Lip Spoiler

2005 - Early in the year we decided to leave our city premises and purchase our own building in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. This was a big move and one which has helped the business grow further. The new location in Tullamarine with ample of street parking which was a problem in the city area. We continue to supply the spoilers to the BMW Dealers, and personalising European cars, supplying Wheel and Tyre packages to GMH and Mercedes Benz dealers.

 

Completed a sports styling conversion for a Black RAV4 and secured an overseas client for the supply of our unique stainless steel personalized number plate frames. Company director went to the Essen Auto Show in Germany at the end of the year to liaise with suppliers and gather information on the latest trends in the automobile industry.

2006 - Another order from our overseas customer started the year of well. We continue to supply wheel and tyre packages, suspension kits, wood leather steering wheels, body kits and spoilers.

Have completed the custom build of a high performance supercharged UTE for one of our Mercedes Benz clients.

 

SPECIAL VEHICLES by Car Shine - Fasion for Cars

HOLDEN GTR-X
2003. Holden commissioned Car Shine to restore the 1969 Prototype GTR-X
Car Shine to-gether with Miles Johnson had only 50 days to do the full restoration as the car was flown to the US for a display of Styling exercises from around the world.
Restoration included, Back to Bare shell and repainted in White Pearl, Engine and Engine Bay area, Front and rear End, Chrome, Exhaust, Brakes and Brake lines, rebuilding Pop up Headlights, Seat Runners and Mounts Etc Etc
This was a credit to all the guys that committed there time to complete the project on time, Thank you.
pictures are from article in Wheels Magazine July 2003
" UTEster "
2001 MELBOURNE MOTOR SHOW CAR - CAR SHINE COMMISSIONED by HOLDEN to PREPARE and PAINT BODY, SUPPLY 19" ATP WHEELS, PIRELLI P-ROSSO TYRES, utester HARROP BRAKES, EIBACH SUSPENSION and EXHAUST. MOTOR TRIMMIMG by PARATUS IND
"MAMBO PANEL VAN"
2000 SYDNEY MOTOR SHOW CAR - CAR SHINE SUPPLIED,
19" LORINSER WHEELS, PIRELLI P-ROSSO TYRES, "MAMBO" HARROP BRAKES, and SUSPENSION
MOTOR TRIMMIMG by PARATUS IND
V8 SUPERCARS - COURSE CAR with ZENDER 18" MONZA RACING WHEELS by CARSHINE
PRIME MINISTER'S OLYMPIC COMMITTEE AUCTION CAR STYLED BY CARSHINE FOR HOLDEN
INCLUDES SPECIAL RED LEATHER TRIM, HARROP BRAKES, SPECIAL DASH TREATMENT
HARROP BRAKES HARROP BRAKES HARROP BRAKES
1997 BATHURST SAFETY CAR BY CAR SHINE
including Paint, Grapics, Suspension, Harrop Brakes, Wheels, and Strobe Lighting
1998 BATHURST COURSE CAR BY CAR SHINE
including Paint, Grapics, Suspension, Harrop Brakes, Wheels, and Strobe Lighting
Holden Opel - Barina - Front Right REDBACK COMBO by Car Shine
Holden Opel - Barina - Front Cabrio Styling by Car Shine
REDBACK COMBO
Show Car for HOLDEN
included Paint and Graphics, Suspension, 17" Wheels
BARINA CABRIO
Body Styling by Car Shine

2000 DUTTON RALLY CAR Owned and driven by Adam Rose
Holden Opel - Statesman - Front Left Holden Statesman Safety Car By Car Shine
Holden Opel - Astra - Right Holden Styling Astra Cabrio by Car Shine

Statesman Saftey Car

was also used for the Melbourne Grand Prix

HOLDEN ASTRA
Special Vehicles - 1993 Melbourne Motor Show Calibra Show Car by Car Shine

1993 Melbourne Motor Show Calibra Show Car

Built by Car Shine for Holden Ltd.

Blue / Pink flip pearl paint, custom ride height adjustable suspension, Turbo 4x4 Body Kit,

tinted windows and 18" Chrome AZEV Wheels.