JERSEY CLAS­SICS ARE BOOM­ING

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin ❚ leriche.com

In­ter­est in clas­sic and his­toric cars from Jersey is boom­ing – main­land UK col­lec­tors see the Chan­nel Is­lands as an ex­cel­lent source of low-mileage cars.

Ve­hi­cles that have been on the largest is­land from new, as well as those orig­i­nally sold else­where but later be­com­ing part of ma­jor col­lec­tions, are be­ing tar­geted.

David Acon, of Jersey-based clas­sic spe­cial­ist Le Riche, says: ‘There has never been greater in­ter­est in cars from buy­ers from main­land UK, along with France and the rest of main­land Eu­rope.

‘I would say we are sell­ing around 30% of cars to British buy­ers and 20% to main­land Eu­rope. We have cus­tomers from the British main­land ask­ing if we can source cars for them. There is in­ter­est in clas­sics across the board, from Minis and MGs to more ex­otic cars.’

Jersey has a a thriv­ing sup­port in­dus­try for the in­ter­est in clas­sics.

Acon says: ‘ With a 40mph speed limit it’s an ideal place to use clas­sic cars. We also have a much greater mo­tor­ing her­itage than some peo­ple re­alise. The Jersey Mo­tor­cy­cle and Light Car Club dates back to 1922, the Jersey Old Mo­tor Club to 1966.

‘The 1947 Jersey Grand Prix marked the be­gin­ning of post-war rac­ing in the British Isles. A lot of clas­sics are be­ing brought into Jersey and we have some ma­jor col­lec­tors, some ob­vi­ously look­ing at cars as an in­vest­ment.’

Tra­di­tional clas­sics have been sell­ing well in Jersey, with up to 50% leav­ing the is­land.

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