Got the room to house 10,000 car mod­els…?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Tom sey­mour

A Dutch clas­sic car dealer is putting Peter Mon­ter­verdi’s huge 10,000-model clas­sic car col­lec­tion up for sale – and is ex­pect­ing to get over £355,000 for it.

Mon­ter­verdi was fa­mous for build­ing F1 cars and his own brand of Swiss lux­ury coupés like the 1971 High-Speed. After he died in 1998 the mod­els were in­her­ited and they have now been ac­quired by Clas­sic Sports Cars Hol­land in Am­s­ter­dam.

The col­lec­tion spans the pre-war era to the ’90s and in­cludes Dinky, Corgi, Les­ney, Te­kno, Märklin and be­spoke hand­made mod­els. It’s said to be the big­gest col­lec­tion of 1:43 mod­els in Europe.

David Nieuwen­huis, CSCH owner, told CCW: ‘ The col­lec­tion is full of one-offs. Peter Mon­teverdi had the sort of name where he could get mod­els made by good builders.

‘Ev­ery­thing is there, from pre-war, one-off and su­per­car, to nor­mal ’70s and ’80s fam­ily sa­loons. It gives a great colour­ful back­ground to any real car col­lec­tion.’

The pur­pose-built show­cases are in­cluded in the sale.

CSCH is look­ing to sell all 10,000 as a col­lec­tion and would ac­cept a swap for one or more col­lec­tor cars. There have been sev­eral ex­pres­sions of se­ri­ous in­ter­est.

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