JD Classics set for global ex­pan­sion

Bri­tish dealer to es­tab­lish new premises in Cal­i­for­nia and the Mid­dle East

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - ❚ Tom Sey­mour www.jd­clas­sics.co.uk

JD Classics is to ex­pand in to Cal­i­for­nia and the Mid­dle East, fol­low­ing rapid growth in its home mar­ket.

Com­pany founder and di­rec­tor Derek Hood says the US busi­ness will launch in June – pos­si­bly near Peb­ble Beach, the clas­sic car mecca on the west coast of Amer­ica, around 100 miles south of San Fran­sisco – and in the Mid­dle East some time in 2018.

The tim­ing means that the com­pany would be op­er­at­ing in time for the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance, held this year on 20 Au­gust.

JD took its al­loy-bod­ied 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gull­wing Coupé and 1966 Ford GT40 MkIII pro­to­type to Peb­ble Beach last year where they were awarded sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively within their classes.

Hood says: ‘Open­ing in Cal­i­for­nia is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for us. We’ve been go­ing to Peb­ble Beach for seven years and no­ticed that there are few peo­ple in the US who can of­fer what we can of­fer, all un­der one roof.’

JD Classics moved from be­ing a Jaguar spe­cial­ist to sell­ing, re­pair­ing and restor­ing all makes of clas­sic cars seven years ago and has a fa­cil­ity in Mal­don, Essex and a show­room in May­fair, Lon­don. It also em­ploys a team of 60 spe­cial­ist tech­ni­cians.

Hood said ex­pand­ing to other mar­ques took an­nual turnover from £25 mil­lion seven years ago to £100m within three years. He is ex­pect­ing the busi­ness to turn over £160m in 2017.

JD Classics’ Mal­don site has its own show­room and bodyshop, to­gether with race, en­gine and ma­chine shops.

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