Throughout the year, people are always looking for guides to the state of the market and early February in Paris with Retromobile is normally the first. RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Artcurial all have inventories to sell but, if you’ve noticed, not many Astons!
So even ignoring the risks of the “gilets jaunes” its probably worth a miss for us – but then we have our own experiences to draw on – enquiries UP, sales UP – interest in Feltham cars UP!!
And given all of the noise about Brexit – it is interesting to see where our brokerage enquiries are coming from – Switzerland, France, Belgium and Spain – we may soon have as many left hand drive cars on offer as right hand drive. If you are considering taking your car to market – now is probably a good time especially if it is a DB5.
WANTED: We have a specific enquiry for a client who wishes to purchase a DB5. He was recommended to our brokerage by someone for whom we found the perfect car, and the DB5 that is sought has to have a good provenance and history, be matching numbers but condition is not paramount as the intention is for the car to be put for specialist restoration / refurbishment. If you have such a car, then contact the Aston Man, Philip Jones - +44(0)1737244567 or +44(0)7836 555666 – email@example.com
After our success on Feltham cars over the Christmas and New Year period, the question of MOT certificates and the requirements thereof on older cars was a regular topic of conversation.
Coincidentally the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs sent out a Press Release that we have copied (with their permission) below. They refer to the DVLA advice on the matter and a pdf copy of that is attached to this email.
In case the attachment is blocked by your email systems, you will also find the documents on our website.
We will be confirming our inventory additions as they arrive and as they are launched – the first is here already – she is a 2006 Aston Martin DB9 Volante MANUAL which comes with a full set of tailored luggage – a Grand Touring Dream.
23 January 2019 For immediate release
MOT Exemption of Historic Vehicles
The Federation has argued that the DVLA process for enabling declaration of a vehicle as not being significantly changed at the time of re-licensing only, was one which could put drivers at risk of bureaucratic misunderstanding and leave them at risk from ill-briefed policeman.
We all became aware that a real example that had arisen and that the driver of a historic vehicle had received a Notice of Prosecution. The Federation urgently sought clarification of the position from the Department of Transport. We are glad to confirm that they responded promptly and positively and have provided us with the statement we copy here, which we think sets out the position clearly and succinctly and will be of real use to our members.
It may be that members who have concerns about this will wish to carry a copy of the DfT Statement in the vehicle.
We are still unhappy that the Vehicle Enquiry Service cannot show an accurate MOT status even after the registered keeper has filled in a Form V112 or checked the declaration page during online licensing. Currently it simply says, if the vehicle does not have an MOT, that no MOT information is available.