Collecting Cars is a new online auction platform for collectable cars, freshly launched at the 2019 Retromobile classic car show in Paris. With names like Chris Harris on the team, it sounds like the real deal for enthusiastic buyers and collectors.
The online classic car auction startup is described as the only platform of its kind to reach across Europe, consigning and marketing cars for clients across the continent.
It’s high-tech and safe, too, with ‘industry-leading identity verification and payment security’. This all sounds good, but music to buyer’s and seller’s ears alike will be that ‘premiums and fees are also set significantly lower than at conventional auctions’.
Comprising Collecting Cars is, according to director Edward Lovett, “a team of people who are – first and foremost – dyed-in-the-wool car enthusiasts”. It doesn’t sound like cut and dry sales platform, judging by the stated core ethos of the new venture; to ‘be immersive, with multi-platform storytelling that takes its audience behind the scenes with fascinating cars, personalities and master craftspeople’.
While trading cars is the bread and butter, it sounds like a platform fuelled by passion.
And who is more passionate about buying, owning and using cars than Top Gear’s resident tyre delaminator, Chris Harris?
“Grazing classifieds has been my passion for more than 20 years,” said Harris. “I can’t wait to see the fascinating machinery that will appear on Collecting Cars.”
When can we expect to see the first sales from Collecting Cars, then? As soon as Spring 2019, and consignments can be placed now.
We’ll always welcome a new way of speculatively browsing motorised metal…