While social media are a great way for companies to interact with the public or advertise their wares, they are also great at providing users with a behind-the-scenes look at the business. And when the companies in question are historic car specialists, what could be more fascinating?
Operating from seven (yes, seven) showrooms, JD Classics’ stocklist is as varied as it is extensive. While the company is unrivalled when it comes to the restoration, maintenance and preparation of Jaguars, in recent years it has broadened its interests to include Ferraris, Aston Martins and many more.
Duncan Hamilton & Co
Founded by 1940/50s racing hero Duncan Hamilton, his eponymous, Hampshire-based company has been trading some of the world’s finest road and racing classics for over 65 years. It was also the company responsible for curating the famous ROFGO collection, the largest collection of Gulf-sponsored racing cars in the world.
Arguably the premier historic Ferrari specialist in the UK, if not Europe, DK Engineering has been selling, maintaining, racing and restoring the most significant examples of the Prancing Horse since the late 1970s. Very much a family affair, the company’s impressive premises are littered with exotic classic and supercars…
Named after Pendine Sands, where many land speed records tumbled during the 1920s, Pendine Historics recently entered the ring, headed by founder James Mitchell. Based in the particularly cool Bicester Heritage site in Oxfordshire, it aims to help both aspiring and established collectors.
Specialising in air-cooled classic Porsche 911s (as well as more modern GT and RS models), Paul Stephens is a leading independent UK Porsche specialist. The company offers a variety of services, including restoration and bespoke projects such as the striking 911 Spyder.
... and a wildcard: Auto Fabrica
As a treat, we thought we’d include a classic motorcycle specialist, too. Auto Fabrica’s edgy yet sophisticated designs are carefully thought out, with different models focusing on different stylistic themes or elements. Simplicity is key.
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