- Sector: Leisure
- Region: East of England
Touch of class
When classic car collectors want to get their hands on an iconic Aston Martin or a famous Ferrari, they expect the very best in service – and that’s what JD Classics sets out to deliver to its customers.
“We will source the right car for you, restore or modify it to your specification, prepare it for races and events, teach you how to drive it, get you entry to money-can’t-buy races and experiences, and provide on-site engineering capabilities anywhere in the world,” says JD Classics Founder and Director Derek Hood.
“We will source the right car for you and teach you to drive it”
The business, which also offers car storage, financing and sales, began by serving the market for classic Jaguar cars. In response to customer demand however, it has expanded into other marques and is also developing its own physical footprint. “At the end of 2014, we opened a showroom in Mayfair, London, which has been transformative to the business and has considerably widened our customer base,” says Derek, “and we have received funding from Charme Capital Partners, which we will use to further increase our footprint. As a first step we are aiming to establish a presence in the US during 2017.”
Doing so will involve adding to the current 60-strong workforce, both in its workshop and within its sourcing and sales team, whose global network of buyers, sellers and collectors are invaluable to the business.
A robust customer base, along with a sound business model, has given the company the confidence to set itself the ambitious longer-term goal of becoming the world leader in the classic car market.
- 60 - The size of JD Classics’ workforce, split between the sales and sourcing team and the workshop
Derek says: “We are aiming to be the global service provider of choice for both new entrants and established participants in the classic car market, whichever marque they are interested in and wherever they are in the world.”