Why a clas­sic spe­cial­ist is look­ing East for low-mileage lux­ury stock

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Nick Larkin www.ex­clu­sive­clas­s­ic­

A clas­sic car dealer has dis­cov­ered an un­ex­pected new source of pris­tine low mileage lux­ury clas­sics – Ja­pan.

Barry Bow­man, of Bur­ton-on-Trent-based Ex­clu­sive Clas­sic Cars has al­ready im­ported five V12 Series III Daim­ler Dou­ble Sixes, and says this could rise to 20 over the next year. ‘I have ex­ported cars to Ja­pan and have a con­tact there who puts po­ten­tial buy­ers in touch. It was he who told me about these low mileage cars. They’re all orig­i­nal and usu­ally have had only one owner,’ he says.

As well as Daim­lers, Barry is plan­ning to im­port Cadil­lacs and other pres­tige mar­ques, but he ad­vises any­one plan­ning to do like­wise to ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion. ‘I’m for­tu­nate that I have some­one who can inspect cars for me and pro­duce an engi­neer’s report,’ he ex­plains. ‘Ja­pan has ex­tremely strict MoT reg­u­la­tions and cars have to be garaged, so their con­di­tion tends to be good. How­ever there are also some ter­ri­ble cars out there.’

Barry is of­fer­ing the Daim­lers with a new MoT and full ser­vice. They are UK regis­tered on sale. Cars in stock in­clude two 1990 ex­am­ples, one with 55,000 miles at £8995 and the other, a 37,000 miler for £11,995. A 19,000 mile 1992 car in Bri­tish Rac­ing Green is £13,995.

‘The Ja­panese went through a phase when they went for the Daim­ler Dou­ble Six rather than Jaguars. But by all ac­counts many Ja­panese peo­ple don’t want to buy a se­cond­hand car even if it is a clas­sic,’ adds Barry, a life­long old-car en­thu­si­ast who set up Ex­clu­sive 23 years ago.

He says there is one fur­ther mat­ter to con­sider. ‘These Daim­lers have ar­rived in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion – and if looked af­ter those V12 en­gines should be good for 30,000 miles. Only one point – the cars take three months to get here.’

Barry Bow­man has al­ready im­ported five V12 Series III Daim­ler Dou­ble Six, and reck­ons this could rise to 20 over the next year. rePa­Tri­aTeD FrOM Ja­PaN

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