JERSEY CLASSICS ARE BOOMING
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.