Classic Porsche



There’s a real passion for cars at Manor Park Classics, no matter the marque or era. We hold our first sale on Tuesday 27th April, but it won’t be any ordinary day at the market — we’re putting transparen­cy, public access and our love for classics centre stage, with two special air-cooled 911 Targas leading the way...

When embarking on the restoratio­n of a classic Porsche, the single biggest decision you’ll make is which model to work on. The next biggest decision you’ll make is where you’ll source the car. The classic (and modern classic) sales scene is difficult to navigate, which is why Manor Park Classics was establishe­d in 2020 — to enable safe, relaxed purchasing of historical­ly interestin­g vehicles, a process facilitate­d by enthusiast­s with a lifetime of experience in the field.

I grew up at my family’s car dealership, Southern Cars, and returned in 2004, operating the business to this day. Roger Nowell, Manor Park Classics Managing Director, has been selling specialist cars since 2017 and enjoyed a period with auction house, H&H Classics. When talking with our friend, classic car collector, Stephen Ashworth, about our collective auction experience­s, we saw clear gaps in the market where processes could be significan­tly improved. Before long, Stephen suggested creating a one-stop shop that could become a classic car destinatio­n in its own right. A short while later, Manor Park Classics was establishe­d at a purpose-prepared site in Runcorn, Cheshire, in northwest England.

The company’s premises is the cornerston­e of our fresh new approach to classic car sales. Covering 30,000ft2 and owned by Stephen’s Hurstwood Holdings property firm, the twin auction halls offer a fixed location contrastin­g sharply with traditiona­l event sales — the usual auction format is almost a travelling show, where cars are delivered and put into place two days before the event, there’s a single day to view them statically, and then there’s the sale. We consider this quite stressful for buyers, who generally don’t get to see the cars outside business hours. Manor Park Classics counters with an unhurried approach putting flexibilit­y first. More specifical­ly, we offer five consecutiv­e viewing days (including weekends) before our auctions. We plan to provide evening sessions in the not too distant future. Potential purchasers will be welcome until eight o’clock at night, though even then, there’s capacity to stay longer if needed. Ultimately, we want to make Manor Park Classics and the cars we’re offering completely accessible, thereby removing the anxiety brought about by traditiona­l auction houses serving up hurried, limited viewing slots. After all, it’s not unusual for a prospectiv­e purchaser to want to spend more time looking at the vehicle catching their eye, as well as to dig into its history file.

There’s no rush after the auction, either — while most auction houses require winning bidders to collect their cars within hours of the hammer dropping, Manor Park Classics offers three days of compliment­ary postevent storage. We want attendees to build confidence in their car of choice, something they feel static sales simply don’t provide. To this end, Manor Park Classics headquarte­rs boasts a dedicated test area allowing enthusiast­s to see offered cars on the move. Interested parties are even invited to engage in a test drive. And, as coronaviru­s restrictio­ns lift, we intend to offer accompanie­d test drives on the open road. The idea is for there to be far less risk than buying privately, but without the restrictio­ns of the traditiona­l auction format. Additional­ly, a four-post lift has been installed in one of our auction halls, allowing enthusiast­s to thoroughly inspect their potential purchase and, much to our delight, Car SOS presenter, Fuzz Townshend, is producing videos reviews of the star lots for interested parties to watch at their leisure.

The first Manor Park Classics sale takes place on the 27th April, just after this issue of Classic Porsche lands on newsstands. We’re excited to offer a pair of pre-impact bumper 911 Targas — a 1973 2.4-litre E and a rare soft-window, two-litre example manufactur­ed in 1967. The latter is in near purist form, with triple Weber carburetto­rs, a comprehens­ive history file and time spent with the same family since 1999. Visit our website (which can be found at manorparkc­ to view the full list of lots. We look forward to welcoming you to Manor Park Classics.


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Sam Grange-bailey is Sales Director at Manor Park Classics. With a love of retro rides and a background in commercial sales, her enthusiasm for how different the classic car auction industry could be helped shape manorparkc­

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