Classic Cars Experts

Spears 2019

NIGEL ADAMS

GOODMAN DERRICK

Disputes lawyer Nigel Adams is used to a steady stream of work surrounding classic cars, particularly on questions of title and provenance; this last year has been no exception, even with the uncertainties of Brexit. ‘The value of classic cars… Read More

DAMEN BENNION

GOODMAN DERRICK

Damen Bennion has over 20 years’ experience advising on corporate and commercial matters, and a lifetime engrossed in the classic car market. Heading up Goodman Derrick’s Automotive Practice, Bennion observes that ‘the last 12 months has seen us continue our… Read More

ROBERT BLAKEMORE

ECURIE BERTELLI

Co-founded by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Ecurie Bertelli is not just another brick in the wall when it comes to Aston Martins. The world’s foremost specialist in the pre-World War Two models, it boasts 40 years of experience in servicing,… Read More

DAVID COTTINGHAM

DK ENGINEERING

Founded in 1977 by David and Kate Cottingham, DK engineering offers acquisitions, restoration, race preparation, service, accident repair and supply of parts, with a machine shop, engine shop, rolling road dynamometer, engine shop, software and diagnostic equipment for all Ferrari… Read More

PAUL DARVILL

RM SOTHEBY’S

Blenheim-based RM Sotheby’s leads the auction market, with no other house matching its most recent record for sales over $1 million and combined value. European classics specialist Paul Darvill attributes its continued success quite simply to bringing the most exciting… Read More

DAVID DE FERRARS

TAYLOR WESSING

David de Ferrars is a market leader on disputes surrounding the sale and purchase of classic cars. These include anything from a blip in a car’s provenance to someone selling a one they don’t own – or forgeries, which are… Read More

GREGOR FISKEN

FISKENS

Knowledge, trust and discretion form the bedrock of Fiskens Fine Historic Automobiles, which specialises in ‘the most important’ vintage, classic or competition cars to be found on the market. Founder Gregor Fisken knows the market better than most – he… Read More

DAN GEOGHEGAN

BICESTER HERITAGE

In the five years since acquiring the former Launton RAF bomber station, Dan Geoghegan has turned Bicester Heritage into a haven for collectors and dealers alike. More than 30 specialists are based in the 348-acre site, and its annual events… Read More

MAX GIRARDO

GIRARDO & CO

Quality over volume is the mantra of Max Girardo’s firm, which he founded in 2016 after 20 years at Bonhams and ten at RM Sotheby’s where he helped to set up the European division. ‘It doesn’t matter what make it… Read More

ROBERT GLOVER

ROBERT GLOVER

Marques displayed at Robert Glover’s showrooms in Bicester Heritage are carefully chosen for their significance, originality and, of course, desirability. ‘The icing on the cake is if a car is really original,’ says Glover, a former international auctioneer at Bonhams,… Read More

RONALD GRAHAM

TAYLOR WESSING

When Ronald Graham joined Taylor Wessing seven years ago, he brought his clients from classic car auctioneers RM with him. Taylor Wessing’s highly regarded private wealth offering, coupled with its international footprint, has made it a go-to for classic car-minded… Read More

ADRIAN HAMILTON

DUNCAN HAMILTON & CO

Duncan Hamilton famously won the 1953 24-hour Le Mans in a Jaguar C-type, and was a household name in the Fifties thanks to his international Formula One and motor racing credentials. He founded the business back in 1948, and it… Read More

TOM HARTLEY JNR

TOM HARTLEY JNR

Tom Hartley Jnr’s dealership is one of the very few that owns the stock it sells. ‘We take the risk, and it gives our clients peace of mind that we’ve done our due diligence on the car before,’ he says…. Read More

DAMIAN JONES

H & H CLASSICS

Specialist auction house H & H Classic handles everything from 1890s Brighton runners to 1990s F1 cars. With only six auctions a year, it is able to arrange its catalogues with incredible attention, says head of sales Damian Jones. ‘The… Read More

ALEXANDER LEWIS

ALEXANDER LEWIS CLASSIC CARS

One of the first to catch onto the potential of classic cars as an asset class, Alexander Lewis set up his classic car advisory to help HNWs buy and sell cars off-market to avoid the hefty mark-ups that come with… Read More

JOE MACARI

JOE MACARI

Joe Macari started out trading cars to help fund a bid to become a racing driver. An unfortunate racing accident led him to focus on the firm, which today is composed of an active, independent used car sales business, an… Read More

LANCE MCCORMACK

ROMANCE OF RUST

With 42 years in the business of restoration, Lance McCormack started out in 1976 as a Rolls- Royce apprentice in a traditional coach builder’s factory. In 1990, he started Romance of Rust, his very own car restoration business. Today he… Read More

MERLIN MCCORMACK

DUKE OF LONDON

‘I’m always keen to give advice, and if I’ve got a car in that I don’t think someone should buy, I’ll tell them,’ says Merlin McCormack, who started Duke of London in 2014 at the tender age of just 20…. Read More

PAUL MICHAELS

HEXAGON CLASSICS

Hexagon specialises in Porsches, (which make up around 60 percent of their stock), Ferraris and Aston Martins. Founded by Michaels in 1963, with a classic car sales room in South Kensington, and a sales and restoration department in East Finchley,… Read More

JAMES MITCHELL

PENDINE

After 12 years of working his way up the ranks at Fiskens to become its business manager, James Mitchell decided to leave for pastures new. He started Pendine, which focuses on British motors from the immediate post-war period through to… Read More

DANNY O’KEEFFE

BRADLEY JAMES CLASSICS

Hampshire-based Bradley James Classics focuses on selling and restoring everyday working classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. ‘We want to sell cars that you can use every day, rather than a show queen that’s kept in a bubble and… Read More

ALEX PRINDIVILLE

PRINDIVILLE CARS

One of London’s leading dealers specialising in everything from classics to electric motors, Prindiville continues to grow and prosper. ‘We focus on what people who work in or come to the City buy, so niche, excellent example cars, including all… Read More

CHRIS ROUTLEDGE

COYS OF KENSINGTON

Coys of Kensington has been auctioning fine automobiles since 1919. As it arrives at its 100th anniversary, the house continues to pack out its auction calendar with events at some of the most glamorous locations in the world, from Blenheim… Read More

DAVID STEDMAN

CLARKE WILLMOTT

Commercial litigator David Stedman has acted on classic and sports motorcar disputes for a number of years, having previously worked for a niche litigation firm in this area. At Clarke Willmott, he now acts for collectors on cases involving negligence,… Read More

PETER VARDY

PETER VARDY HERITAGE

Peter Vardy is the third Vardy in a row to take on the business started by his grandfather Reg Vardy in 1923, and later expanded by his father Sir Peter Vardy. Today, the company is a truly vast motorcar operation,… Read More

NIGEL WOODWARD

CMC

Instrumental in the creation and development of the Aston Martin Works’ Heritage Operations and Jaguar Land Rover’s classics division, CMC managing director Nigel Woodward understands the importance of collecting to both manufacturer and buyer. Based in Bridgnorth in Shropshire, CMC… Read More