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David Gold­ing, Clas­sic and Vin­tage

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - DAVID GOLD­ING, CLAS­SIC AND VIN­TAGE, DUBLIN

When did your busi­ness start?

I’ve been sell­ing cars since 1998, but have been con­cen­trat­ing on clas­sics since 2012.

How did you do last year? And how has this year fared so far?

Last year was rea­son­able but the per­fect storm of 2015 had gone. This year, I can’t seem to buy any­thing, de­spite the cur­rency ex­change work­ing in my favour. I’ve only bought two cars and we’re now in April.

Do you sell to en­thu­si­asts or to in­vestors?

At my price level I’m not sell­ing to in­vestors, although there are some very ex­pen­sive cars com­ing into Ire­land. But just half a dozen or so people are buy­ing these cars.

Are buy­ers bet­ter in­formed?

Would-be buy­ers are cer­tainly cluedup when it comes to prices.

‘Col­lec­tors have sold up. There’s noth­ing left’

Are you see­ing an in­crease in de­mand for mod­ern clas­sics, or is it more tra­di­tional mod­els?

Ire­land is very strong on Fords, and Es­corts in par­tic­u­lar, which, even when they’re wrecks, will al­ways make silly money. What I’d see as ‘new old cars’, and es­pe­cially Ja­panese ones, are popular: Toy­ota Star­lets and Nis­san Mi­cras ap­peal be­cause of their lower prices. Ja­panese per­for­mance cars are popular, but these tend to be mod­i­fied, and rear-wheel drive twin-cam Corol­las make very strong money. Mor­ris Mi­nors, MGs, Fi­ats and VW Bee­tles – all as­sem­bled in Ire­land be­cause of im­port du­ties – are also popular. Some col­lec­tors here seek out the Ir­ish-built cars, even though they were not al­ways as well built. Some Amer­i­can cars were as­sem­bled in Ire­land in the 1950s, too.

Are the more ex­otic clas­sics main­tained in Ire­land or do they come to the UK for work?

It’s cer­tainly not a prob­lem hav­ing an ex­otic looked af­ter here, but it’s def­i­nitely more dif­fi­cult to have a car re­stored pro­fes­si­ion­ally in Ire­land.

How dif­fi­cult is it to find good cars these days?

It’s be­com­ing hard to find even those needing a slight amount of work to make them road­wor­thy. I won­der where deal­ers get their stock from as many col­lec­tors here have sold their cars and have noth­ing left. There’s an in­creas­ing num­ber of people who have be­come part-time deal­ers, too.


The mar­ket is chang­ing in Ire­land and even Jaguar XKs are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly hard to find.

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