Classic Cars Advisers

Spears 2020

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 both buy and sell cars off -market, avoiding mark-ups that come with buying… Read More

NIGEL ADAMS

GOODMAN DERRICK

Disputes lawyer Nigel Adams combines his disputes practice with his significant experience in work surrounding classic cars, where he focuses on provenance and restoration/repair disputes. ‘The value of classic cars can be high, so it is worth fighting your corner,’… Read More

DAMEN BENNION

GOODMAN DERRICK

Damen Bennion, who heads up Goodman Derrick’s Automotive practice, notes that the team has ‘continued its role as the go to advisers for the most important and significant collector car transactions.’ Bennion suggests that ‘the success of the Goodman Derrick… Read More

RUDY CAPILDEO

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

Rudy Capildeo advises clients across the art and luxury spectrum on how to best manage their collections, from fine art to classic cars and top end wine to rare musical instruments. He recently joined Charles Russell Speechlys to co-lead one… Read More

PAUL DARVILL

RM SOTHEBY’S

Blenheim-based RM Sotheby’s leads the auction market, with no other house matching its recent record for sales over $1 million and combined value. European classics specialist Paul Darvill, who joined the team in 2015, attributes its continued success quite simply… Read More

DAVID DE FERRARS

TAYLOR WESSING

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

MAX GIRADO

GIRADO & CO

Quality over volume is the mantra of Max Girardo’s company, which he founded after 20 years at Bonhams and 10 at RM Sotheby’s, where he helped set up the European division. ‘It doesn’t matter what make it is, but it… Read More

ROBERT GLOVER

ROBERT GLOVER LTD

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 eight years ago, he brought clients from classic car auctioneers RM with him. Coupled with the highly regarded private client arm of Taylor Wessing, the department has fast become a firm go-to for classic… Read More

ADRIAN HAMILTON

DUNCAN HAMILTON & CO

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

TOM HARTLEY

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 the peace of mind that we’ve done our due diligence on the car,’ says Hartley,… Read More

DAMIAN JONES

H & H CLASSICS

Specialist auction house H & H Classics handles everything from 1890s Brighton runners to 1990s F1 cars. With only six auctions a year, it can arrange its catalogues with incredible attention, explains its head of sales Damian Jones. ‘The wider… 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 comprises an active, independent used car sales business, an official Ferrari… Read More

TIM MAXWELL

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

Tim Maxwell joined Charles Russell Speechlys in April 2019 from Boodle Hatfield, where he had a renowned art law and luxury asset practice for 15 years. As he explains to Spear’s, one of his first ever cases involved an Old… 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 began Romance of Rust, his very own car restoration business. Today, he works… 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 Classics specialises in Porsches (around 60 per cent of its stock), along with Ferraris and Aston Martins. Founded by Michaels in 1963, with a classic car sales room in South Kensington plus a sales and restoration department in East… Read More

JAMES MITCHELL

PENDINE

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

CHRIS ROUTLEDGE

COYS OF KENSINGTON

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

DAVID STEDMAN

CLARKE WILLMOTT

Commercial litigator David Stedman has acted on classic and sports car disputes for a number of years, having previously worked for a niche litigation firm in this area before joining Clarke Willmott in 2014. In his current role as an… 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 in 1923, and later expanded by his father Sir Peter Vardy. Today, the company is a truly vast motorcar operation, with… 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