Our third year in attendance, we were pleased to once again be invited to showcase our stunning array of classic cars at this year’s prestigious Retromobile exhibition. Held in the stylish French capital from the 4th-7th February, Retromobile this year showcased 450 exhibitors in the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre in Paris. With over 500 cars on display throughout, we were pleased to exhibit 11 of our finest classic cars including Ferrari’s, Aston Martin’s and Porsche’s
Amongst our vast display was the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing Coupe. One of only three UK delivered cars of its kind, this was the only of its model to be finished in its distinctive elephant Ivory/Red Gabardine Tartan interior and matching Elephant Ivory livery.
The 1967 Aston Martin DB6 MK1 Vantage Volante on display showcased the meticulous effort and time put into the car having previously undergone a total JD Classics bare metal restoration all of which was completed in house at JD Classics’ Essex based headquarters.
One of only 21 genuine factory works race specification examples built to compete in Group 4 FIA events, the 1972 Porsche 911 2.5 S-R was raced consistently throughout the 1970s by Bavarian driver and the car’s first owner Anton Fischaber. Taking unrivalled victories in the 1972 and 1974 European Hill Climb Championships, the car was also entered into 1972 and 1973 1000kms at the iconic Nurburgring circuit. Currently restored to its original 1972 specification using factory original parts, this Porsche remains a genuinely original first production competition car.
Not to be outdone by its fellow marques, JD Classics’ ever expanding collection of Ferrari’s made their mark displaying a rare 1959 Ferrari 250 LWB TdF, one of only nine open-headlight examples in existence. Raced extensively during 1959-1960 season by Casimiro Toselli, the car also competed in the coveted Mille Miglia three times in the 1980s. From a period example to a contemporary counterpart, the 1993 Ferrari F40 LM was certain to turn heads, not to be outdone by its period predecessors. Still in its completely original condition, this one of only 19 examples was factory modified for competition by Michelotto including uprated brakes, competition gearbox and a specially prepared engine producing 850-900bhp - almost 200bhp more than standard.
With such an array of cars on static display, it was no surprise that JD Classics were voted the best classic car stand of the show by Classic Driver website for the variety and quality of cars on display.
Commenting on the weekend, JD Classics Managing Director Derek Hood: “The whole team worked very hard both in Maldon preparing the cars and members of staff on the stand. Days were long but the team kept smiling – it was great to catch up with old customers and very pleased to meet potential new customers”.