MAR­KET PLACE

The owner of this Los An­ge­les based clas­sic car dealer, Alex Manos, who sup­plies ev­ery­thing from barn find projects to pris­tine restora­tions, all “sold as seen”, brings an Amer­i­can per­spec­tive to the Porsche busi­ness

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Tried & tested, plus dealer and auc­tion talk

We deal in Porsches from 1950 to 1998, but the phi­los­o­phy at Bev­erly Hills Car Club is to ap­pre­ci­ate each and every Porsche model from every era. The evo­lu­tion of the Porsche – from de­sign to func­tion­al­ity – makes each one spe­cial. We main­tain a di­verse se­lec­tion of Porsches to fit the de­sires of al­most any car en­thu­si­ast. Per­son­ally, I love the mid to late 1950s Speed­ster. Porsches from this era have that clas­sic Hol­ly­wood feel – every movie star seemed to have a Porsche. What’s the cheap­est and most ex­pen­sive Porsche presently in stock? We have a wide va­ri­ety of Porsches in stock, rang­ing from four-fig­ure project cars to pris­tine show mod­els for up to six fig­ures. The low­est priced Porsche in our in­ven­tory is a 1971 Porsche 914 1.7 which is an ex­cel­lent can­di­date for restora­tion at $3500 (about £2700). Our high­est priced Porsche is an eye-catch­ing, ruby Every cus­tomer has some­thing dif­fer­ent in mind when they are shopping for a car. How­ever, my per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tion for a first time Porsche buyer is a 1995 to 1998 Porsche 993. They are per­fect for daily driv­ing and they are air-cooled – a great en­gine fea­ture that new buy­ers may not be aware of. Where do you get your stock from? Many of the cars in our show­room have come from re­fer­rals, car col­lec­tors, pri­vate sell­ers, and seller re­quests through our web­site. We buy metic­u­lously main­tained show­room mod­els, as well as project cars. What war­ranty do you give, or sell? None. All of our clas­sic ve­hi­cles are sold ‘as is’. What’s “hot” at the mo­ment? Porsche, in gen­eral, has been an “in de­mand” brand for the last six years. It has def­i­nitely been a stand­out man­u­fac­turer here at the club. In par­tic­u­lar the Porsche 914 is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar among col­lec­tors who are catch­ing on to its unique ap­peal. It hap­pens a lot! There was a 1967 Porsche 911S. It had lots of patina. I fell in love with the orig­i­nal leather seats and the stain­less steel side mir­ror! What car do you drive every day? My daily driver is a 2012 997 Turbo – an in­cred­i­ble ma­chine. It’s the last Turbo you can buy with a man­ual trans­mis­sion. It was re­ally cool to find one which was black on black. What are your plans for the fu­ture? Buy­ing and sell­ing more Porsches! Se­ri­ously, though, my plans for the fu­ture are pretty sim­ple: keep work­ing hard and driv­ing fast. And al­ways be­ing on the look­out for that one-of-akind clas­sic Porsche. Con­tact Bev­erly Hills Car Club 4576 1/2Worth Street Los An­ge­les CA 90063 001 310 975 0272 beverlyhillscarclub.com

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