J.D Classics | Classic & Sports Car Show 2015

J.D Classics | Classic & Sports Car Show 2015


Okay we’re continuing on our tour of
Alexandra Palace i’m now joined by sales director Neil Cruickshank from J.D. Classics
Neil you’ve got some fabulous cars here today and our special attention has been drawn
to several but you pointed me in a slightly different direction with the
car market can you firstly tell us what J.D. Classics does Sure, absolutely
we’ve been in the classic car business 28 years and we have a huge engineering facility in Essex we have everything under one roof which is
very different from the other businesses we sometimes compete against so in that
building we have an engine shop, a machine shop a body shop, everything we need to repair a car from start to finish and what this means we can control the quality of the work and
how quickly it happens so the end result is that we are the most successful concours restoration business in the UK, and around the world actually We’ve won something at Pebble Beach for six years in a row Let’s talk a little bit about the Ferrari the GTS we have here can you tell us a bit about the history what year it is and a little bit about it so what we have is a 1973 Ferrari Dino GTS it’s a right hand drive car so one of the very rare right hand drive cars usually about 10 percent of Ferrari production is right hand drive
it’s had a recent restoration so we’re talking perfection we’ve also had a good
look at the car and gone through it in our workshop to make sure the standards
incredibly high if you look closely in the car in the detailing that’s what the extra investment is for, to make sure the car is absolutely mechanically perfect but also ready to be driven someone could get in this car and go drive it really hard and enjoy it and it will perform better than it was when it left the factory so this is a 2.4 six cylinder engine absolutely
the Ferrari V6 from the racing program that Dino – Enzo Ferrari’s only legitimate son, started working on a V6 engine and this car was named
after him as a tribute to him as he worked on that engine Fantastic,now talk about the Lamborghini which again is a very special car A Lamborghini 400 GT2 +2, great V12
Lamborghini engine, lots and lots of power is actually very similar to what became the Miura engine if you look at the two side-by-side they actually quite similar
so the car again is in the detail some of the details on that car are absolutely
exquisite, some cars become classic cars that car’s always a great car so if you look at the dials they’re all Jaeger they’re like watches, some absolute beauty around the car look at the A pillar it goes the other way around just an amazing beautiful styling
exercise and there’s only 4 right-hand drives in the world’s, so it’s a very rare car and of course finally this other car here, this rather special one that’s over in the corner
tell us a little about that Well the 275 is one of my favorite cars ever built so it was at that point with Ferrari where the
race cars on the road costs become very different and this one feels like a race
car when you drive it the most beautiful lines that one happens to be a four cam with a long nose with a torque tube so it’s the end of the development of
the 275 very beautiful but also very smooth to drive, and very exciting and light so it changes direction absolutely beautifully even just to look at it, it’s just a dream half a million to 3 million plus, is the kind of price ranges we’re looking a lot of these cars
are we getting any serious buyers coming to this show? absolutely we know a lot of the collectors that have been here but we’ve met some new people as well and there’s new people coming into the market all time
and we’d love a piece of that action and generally speaking in the
market in classic cars you’re seeing as a company ‘J.D. Classics’ an increase in business? absolutely the last month have been incredibly busy dealing very rare cars you can tell by the sort
of numbers we’ve been talking about and that particular segment of the market is
continuing very very well thanks very Neil thank you very much for your time

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