29.06.2022

Noble House Classics

Two months ago, I went to visit Noble House Classics in Almere, in the Netherlands. It’s a 35 minute Go Train ride from Amsterdam Central Station. I recommend a visit the next time you’re passing through Amsterdam. I first met Kees Huis in ‘t Veld in 1991 when he came to Toronto to purchase a beautiful collection of restored classic Jaguars for one of his clients. I discovered that Kees has extremely high standards in regards to any vehicle that he is associated with.

The collection that he purchased back then was destined for a young multi-millionaire who built a glass walled garage in his backyard so that he could illuminate them at night and see them from his living room. I have been sourcing vehicles in Canada ever since for Kees to purchase. About 10 years ago, he decided to focus his restoration work on the Aston Martin Marque only. He is currently the Aston Martin factory appointed classic restoration shop in the EU.

To visit his shop is like entering an aircraft factory. He has 29 craftsmen restoring classic Aston Martin cars from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. Each car is assigned a room in which it is mounted on an aircraft style jig to maintain its dimensional integrity. Each body part that requires restoration is created by a local supplier who laser cuts it from new metal. All mechanical components are restored or replaced in their assigned area, which reminded me of the original factory methodology which I had witnessed at the factory at Newport Pagnell in the early ‘90s when I was there. To say the least, the finished project is as close to a work of art that a classic car can become.

There is obviously great pleasure in witnessing each project being built and I’m sure also in the subsequent ownership. The cost of commissioning any one of these projects is considerable but the integrity and value of the vehicle at the end must be very satisfying. Getting to see the Noble House facility is very easy by train or by car, but you must call first. You will not be disappointed.

 

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Avoiding Life’s Lemons

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07.06.2022

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

FOR SALE: 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

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21.04.2022

Cars Go Down with the Ship Edition

It’s everywhere in the news this week, “boat adrift in the Atlantic with a thousand Porsches on board”. Back in 1955, the Andrea Doria went down with a famous Chrysler prototype on board called the Norseman. We also understand that on that same boat was a custom built Ghia limousine destined for the Eaton organization. I’m currently selling a 1937 Rolls-Royce that was actually built in 1987. My client who was a Rolls-Royce expert all his adult life decided to build a Sedanca style vehicle on a chassis that was originally a hearse. To reduce the risk of losing it on the sinking of a boat, he had the coach-built body flown from England to Toronto in the hold of a Boeing 747. The finished vehicle went on to be a concours show winner many times. Is there a lesson from this? Buy the correct insurance to cover your vehicle for all eventualities when it is being shipped.

 

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Avoiding Life’s Lemons

Lipstick on a Pig features excerpts from the vast library of Maurice Bramhall’s experiences.

05.04.2022

1960 Jaguar MKII

1960 Jaguar MKII

FOR SALE: 1960 Jaguar MKII

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16.03.2022

1948 MG TC

1948 MG TC

FOR SALE: 1948 MG TC

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