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Clas­sic Park

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - SANDER VAN DIJKE MAN­AGER CLAS­SIC PARK ❚ en.clas­sic­park.nl

When and why was Clas­sic

Park started? Our fam­ily firm was founded in 2010 in the Het Groene Woud (Green For­est) area in the south of the Nether­lands. We have al­ways had a strong in­ter­est in clas­sic ve­hi­cles and in art and na­ture. The name Clas­sic Park sums this up – we sup­ply and sell high qual­ity cars and very rare ex­am­ples from a na­ture park set­ting. The Park also houses an au­to­mo­tive mu­seum, hosts busi­ness events and fes­ti­vals, and we run a 200-seater restau­rant on the site.

How did 2016 work out and how has this year been so far?

Last year wasn’t as good as 2015, but it went as we ex­pected. I’m not com­plain­ing. We think 2017 will be a very good year for Clas­sic Park.

What pe­riod of cars do you cover, and are there any eras or types of cars you stay away from?

We sell cars from 1900 to around 2010: In fact, we cover the whole pe­riod of au­to­mo­bile pro­duc­tion. That said, we do spe­cialise in cars in top con­di­tion and cars with an in­ter­est­ing his­tory. In the 1950s and ’60s a lot of peo­ple bought pop­u­lar cars like Opel or Ford, but as clas­sics they aren’t so pop­u­lar.

What’s prov­ing pop­u­lar and what might be fall­ing out of favour?

Con­vert­ible cars are the most pop­u­lar – par­tic­u­larly Bri­tish ones. At the op­po­site end, Jaguar E-types and the Mercedes-Benz SLs strengthen in value ev­ery year. If you look at clas­sic Bri­tish cars like the Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Cloud and Bent­ley S-type it seems that the Bent­leys de­velop bet­ter in value than the Rolls-Royces. But it’s down to time: in a few years the Rolls-Royce might be more valu­able than the Bent­ley. We also sell cars like As­ton Martins and pre-war mod­els like Horch and Rolls-Royce to the Mid­dle-East and China, but un­til re­cently they didn’t want post-war Bent­leys. Ital­ian cars and Porsches lost some of their value in 2016, but we ex­pect these prices to rise again in the next few years. Mean­while, US car val­ues are sta­ble, and sedans from the 1970s and 1980s are very much in favour – if you bought a a BMW E9 3.0 CSL a few years ago, you’d be very happy now.

Do you sell to the UK? We sell plenty of Mercedes-Benz 190SLs to the UK, where we have an ex­cel­lent cus­tomer base. There’s also a healthy mar­ket for very rare Bri­tish cars we’ve sourced, such as Tal­bot open tour­ers.

‘We sell plenty of 190SLs to Bri­tain’

Clas­sic Park sells rare machines like this 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Tour­ing, but it also has the Nether­lands’ finest clas­sic car col­lec­tion in its on-site mu­seum.

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