Issue 103 June 2019
Dear Classic Car Enthusiast,
Summer has finally started all over in Europe: the weather has taken a bright turn for the better even here in the UK, and we are witnessing many more classics driving on the roads.
The reason? Well, people want to enjoy their pride and joy, and perhaps attend relevant events with it! All shows seem to be packed to full capacity.
We don’t recall seeing so many events, so close to one another, and so well attended. Surely it can’t just be the clement weather, but it is wonderful to spot a lot of ‘new’ cars not seen before.
The market is up and down; yes, really good cars are selling, but mediocre cars are quite stagnant and we have seen a few values drop down. This does not look good for some, but more of that later.
Elsewhere, the restoration and repair business is flying, it is hard to get work done or there are long lead times, this is good to see and we hope it encourages some new blood in the business, whether in the form of young apprentices, or cars which need restoring and have been left to rot, so far.
A total mixed bag of cars across the block in many differing conditions; this reminds us of the good old days, when people sold cars through auctions when they were unable to retail them on the open market.
The turnout on auction days is visually dropping; far more telephone bidders, but this could be just a sign of the times. It is puzzling, considering that at auction the most important thing to do is be there and check the car in, out, over and under.
Perhaps this is the time to ask for the professional, if one does not wish to leave one’s armchair.
Whilst we may not be impressed by some of the cars on offer, the contrast makes the good cars really shine and keep their values up. Always a silver lining!
We continue to be concerned with the amount of cars coming to auction with little history or with questionable background or no history at all.
The coming months will tell, and there is so much to look forward to, in the UK, Europe and the US.
The past month has been back-to-back and crossover events, so many we just can not keep up, and for enthusiasts like us, it has been wonderful: so many fresh cars around and new faces with new stories to tell, we just love it all.
Being busy means that I have not had the time to roll my own car out of the garage, so will have to put some time aside for that. Cobbler… shoes….
If we are able to assist with buying or selling a classic car, restoration management, or importing classic cars, please do let us know as we would be delighted to assist.
PS: We can also assist in long and short-term storage management!
PPS: We have a number of very special motorcars for sale not advertised.
Aston Martin DB 2/4 Saloon RHD restored
Aston Martin DB4 Convertible RHD restored
Aston Martin DB4 S3 RHD Restored
Aston Martin DB5 RHD Restored
Aston Martin V12 Zagato LHD
Aston Martin One-77 LHD
PPPS. Aston Martin Jet 2+2 Continuation now ready to order
Three Sold, Four Left.