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.