I had been on the point of completing the purchase of a superb 1963 Peugeot 404 Pininfarina Cabriolet in excellent condition, from a reputable dealer in Holland, when I came across the website of Absolute Classic Cars in Lincoln and was immediately impressed with the very high quality of stock on offer.
In view of my imminent purchase of the Peugeot Cabrio, one car on their website particularly caught my attention - a beautifully restored 1961 Fiat-OSCA 1500S Pininfarina Cabriolet. It was even prettier than the Peugeot, and in even better condition having been the subject of a painstaking ground-up ‘nut & bolt’ restoration. And this was a model that had been built by Pininfarina and had a Maserati-designed engine!
This little Italian gem seemed a more seductive proposition in so many ways. However, I now had to make a very quick decision as the dealer in Holland had already arranged transport to the UK and was awaiting funds! If I was going to pull out and buy a different car then I had to know, very quickly, if the Fiat-OSCA was as good a car as it was claimed to be, and that there would be no complications in doing business with another dealer who I had not had any contact with before.
Well I need not have worried! From the moment I made email contact about the Fiat-OSCA it was very clear to me that I would be in excellent hands and need have no doubt about the quality of the car, the accuracy of their description of it, or the level to which it would be prepared for handover. A deal was struck and I was very impressed by Mark & Carls attention to detail - I think it’s fair to say that they went the extra mile in every possible way to make sure the car would meet my expectations and my needs. I only ever had the feeling that I was dealing with people who were at least as enthusiastic about this very rare car, and indeed about classic cars in general, as I am, and I found their approach to selling classics to be refreshing, open, honest and highly professional. Mark even personally delivered the car to me all the way down from Lincoln to Devon and made sure that I was happy with all aspects of both the car and the buying experience. Needless to say, I now recommend Absolute Classic Cars to others at every opportunity!"
Mr Stratton - Devon
Dear Mark and Carl, thank you for the lovely Junior Zagato, it is a great quality and very original car which is rare to find. Our Californian client will no doubt be thrilled when he sees it in the flesh. It has been a pleasure to deal with you, everything has been very straight forward and easy and we look forward to working together again in the future!
Max & Richard Banks - Directors of Alfaholics
I first met Mark & Carl back on 21st Jan this year ('19) when I went to view a Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Sport, a car I had wanted from back when I was a spotty faced 17 year old. This was a real bucket list moment, buying the car of your dreams that you now have the means to make reality.
On meeting the guys from Absolute Classic Cars I had a really good feeling. When I got there the car was on the ramp ready to be poked and probed. Mark told me a little bit about the car, lifted it on the ramp and let me get on with it, just the way I like to look at cars. Any questions I had he was there with the answer but what I really liked was how he and Carl interacted. The honesty was a real change for me from when normally looking at a car. There were a couple of things I picked out and instead of the usual "that's nothing to worry about", I got "we'll get that done before the car goes out", no excuses just simple honest answers and a promise to fix it.
Anyway long story short, I bought the car and had a list of things I wanted done on the car which were all agreed to be done, in the negotiated price, prior to delivery. Every single thing on that list was done to a superb standard, to be honest it exceeded my expectations and more. Today when the car arrived I could not stop grinning from ear to ear. It was a really emotional moment, a dream fulfilled!
In the last 40 years I have never bought the first car I looked at, however this time I made an exception as I was so impressed with both the car and the people. We are so used to getting rubbish service and substandard misdescribed cars from the motor trade and I found that I was caught a little offguard here which took me a while to get to grips with .... but all in a very nice way.
What makes Absolute Classic Cars different is they care, are honest, knowledgeable and nothing is a problem, big or small. They want you to have the car you want to buy, not the car they necessarily have for sale. I don't think I've ever met two people in the motor trade less interested in pressurising you into buying, they'd rather not sell you the car if it's not 100% the car you want to buy.
From that first meeting to delivery today it has been a fantastic experience. This whole process has been an absolute pleasure, not the normal chore car buying turns into, I would and will be recommending Absolute Classic Cars to anyone that wants a classic car.
Mr Staton, London
After searching for many months for my ideal Jaguar E-type I came across what appeared to be a lovely example for sale by Absolute Classic Cars. I had been determined at the outset of my search that I would find a car that had been completely restored to a very high standard, yet restored in a sympathetic way where it would still be as original as possible, particularly with regards to original engine, chassis and bodywork numbers being present. I investigated many examples of the marque over some months, spreading my net far and wide, including seeing some excellent examples dotted around Europe.
What caught me eye with Absolute’s example was the stunning photography and superb narrative history of the car that was presented in the sale details. After many previous (at times torturous) interchanges with other vendors trying to get to the critical information of a vehicle, doing so with Mark was an absolute breeze. With specific questions answered rapidly and accurately, I grew confident that here was a company that was going the extra mile to not only market superb examples of cars, but that also had a deep love and knowledge of the subject. Mark opened the premises especially for me on a Sunday afternoon for a viewing, and after 24 hours of deliberation I was delighted to proceed. Not only did Mark make the transaction painless, he also personally delivered the car over a long distance to me in a covered trailer on a date that suited, in a fabulous example of exemplary service. If I’m ever lucky enough to be in a position again to make a similar purchase, I would certainly contact Mark again - he is an industry gentleman.
Mr Molyneux, London
Earlier this year (2018) I had the pleasure of doing business with Mark and Carl at Absolute Classic Cars (ACC) as they had an amazingly rare low mileage 1989 Porsche 911 SSE Coupe for sale, or as I have come to call her, 'The Mona Lisa'.
Knowing how rare this model is and seeing a few examples for sale at Porsche specialists / established classic dealers around the UK I took my time to see all the cars in market place and after visiting the ACC premises a few times, talking to them at length at how they would prepare the car, what they could do for me and getting a 'feel' for them and their business I knew Absolute Classic Cars were the right people.
In the weeks leading up to delivery I spoke with Mark on an almost daily basis; updates on the detailed Porsche specialist service they'd arranged, refurbishment of the Fuchs alloys to factory 'as new' condition, fitting new Continental tyres, refurbishment of the fan/housing, detailed wax-oil and so. When she was finally ready Mark and Carl delivered the car in person within their fully enclosed trailer and once unloaded, joining other classics in my collection they then covered her with a tailored car cover they arranged for me.
A few days after the delivery I was advised by my insurance company that due to the value of the car would need a Tracker fitted and on phoning Mark for some advise, he suggested that they might be able to help further. Less than 24hrs later they had arranged for an approved specialist to make the journey from Lincoln to my home (250 mile round trip) and I could rest easy knowing that everything was sorted.
As an classic car enthusiast, many years the senior of Mark and Carl, I have meet many dealers in my time and for the most they are just that, dealers. In approaching Mark and Carl at Absolute Classic Cars it is a real pleasure to have meet and dealt with two gents whose passion happens to be their business; their knowledge, enthusiasm, detailed professional approach sets them apart and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone considering a classic car purchase.
Mr Braithwaite, Cumbria
After owning my Mercedes SL55 AMG for 2 yrs and finding that I really wasn't using her I decided that the time had come for the car to find a new owner and despite what I thought was a decent advert and some nice pictures I found that after 3 months of advertising and expense I had no real interest in the car. A friend of mine had suggested that I contact Absolute Classic Cars as they might be able to help and after meeting with Carl and Mark I decided to give the guys a go.
Within a week of our meeting they had fully prepared the car for sale, took loads of detailed images, wrote a fantastic advert and even produced a video specifically for my car - she looked so good I almost didn't want to sell her!
Mark and Carl managed communications with all interested parties, arranged viewings and amazingly within the two weeks the car was sold, I couldn't believe it.
The guys at Absolute Classic Cars really know their stuff, their attention to detail is unbelievable, always super professional yet warm and welcoming, I can't recommend them highly enough.
Mr Moore, Lincolnshire
I recently decided to sell my newly restored E-type Jaguar to make way for another project. However, I did not want the hassle of having to deal with timewasters and tyre kickers and so decided to try a commission sale with Absolute Classic Cars (ACC). I had met Mark a few years back at a classic car meet at when he still had his Volvo P1800 and was impressed by his classic car knowledge and that he was generous with his time in talking to a stranger. Roll forward to the present day and after talking to Mark about ACC handling the sale of my car, I was convinced that they were the right people for the task.
Within a few days they had arranged to collect the car, fully prepared it, took photographs and designed the advert, with the me offering them some additional information, they even allowed me to review the advert before sending it 'live'.
ACC handled all interaction with interested parties, looked after viewings, test drives and negotiated a cracking price. They then took care of the financials and admin, prepped the car for delivery and delivered the car to the new owner in London.
I have no hesitation in recommending Absolute Classic Cars to anyone thinking of buying or selling a classic car - A trouble free, no hassle experience.
Mr Dove, Lincolnshire
I had been looking for a very nice 840 for quite a while, but never seen one that ticked all the boxes. A friend happened to be down at the NEC Classic Motorshow 2018 and spotted what sounded like the perfect example, a super low mileage, Dakar Yellow 840 Ci Sport on the Absolute Classic Cars stand. After his own inspection of the car both inside and out and spending time talking to Carl, to review documentation etc I had no hesitation in contacting them a few days after the show to arrange purchase the car, the deal was done quickly and hassle free. A week later Mark and Carl then drove the car all the way to the North of Scotland where I had the pleasure in meeting them upon delivery. This is the first time I have used Absolute Classic Cars and I was very impressed by their professionalism and would have no hesitation in recommending these guys for buying or sourcing a car for you.
Mr A Simpson - Fraserburgh, Scotland
My recent purchase of a Volkswagen Beetle from Absolute Classic Cars could not have gone more smoothly. The enthusiasm of both Mark and Carl was evident from our first meeting. They were attentive, without being intrusive, knowledgeable without being superior and genuinely interested in delivering exactly what i wanted.
The post purchase preparation even resulted in them paying for parts themselves and included delivery.
I have bought over 30 classic cars and this features as one of the most pleasure-able experiences, well done guys I’m sure you will be about for some considerable time
Mr N Campbell, Shrewsbury
After months of searching the internet and classic car auctions for the perfect example, I stumbled across a Capri 2.8 Injection for sale at Absolute Classics Cars. I spoke with Mark who was pleasant, helpful and informative. He said that the car was “like the day it came out of the dealership,” and so with some trepidation, I made the journey and found that the car had been described perfectly and truthfully. The guys at Absolute Classic Cars couldn’t have been more helpful, offering me information on train times, places to stay and directions and seeing how beautifully prepared the car was the deal just had to be done. Carl and Mark made the buying experience a real pleasure and I will not hesitate in buying another car from them when time and space allow me to add to the collection.
Mr R Short, Staffs
It’s been a while now, but I'd just like to say "thanks" for selling me one of the best Triumph GT6s . I'm having so much fun with her, and have named her "Olive" . I am slowly buying new parts as others wear, but have to say the finish on the paint work is awesome. I took her to a new classic car garage opening the other week and have to say she stood her ground very well. Owning a classic is so much fun, I feel very privileged.
Mr P. Clark, Stowmarket
"I write these words with a large childish smile still beaming across my face after driving through the Kent countryside, roof down, summers warmth on my face as ‘il Polita’ my beautiful '82 Fiat Spider 2000. This is now June but the story starts in 2018 February at the London Classic Car Show
Glass of fizz in hand with Paul; very good friend of mine. Gazing at auto-erotica, he spots the 82’ Fiat spider 2000 on the stand of ‘Absolute Classic Cars’, with the team greeting us too look closer. A truly stunning example and honestly priced. The conversation flitters between us, the cars of the show, and the possible purhcase of the Spider!
Days later, I call to make a further enquiry to purchase the Fiat Spider. Excitement in my voice is then inadvertently quelled as I find out that the early bird has truly got the worm. Paul has got in before me and struck the deal! All's fair in love afterall. . .
After carrying out a detailed service and additional works the call comes to collect the Spider and on a damp cold March morning we travel up to Lincoln, where we're kindly picked up at the station. Moments later, after a warming coffee, everybody’s happy! The sale's completed and Paul’s in the 'new owners' hot seat of the Spider raring to go. Myself? Navigators seat, perhaps with the slightest of sighs. 150 miles later, we’re home but the drive South has encouraged me to make the call for Absolute Classic Cars to commence the search for another model. This time, most definitely with my name on it!
Over the next month myself and the ACC team discuss cars in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, with the Mark and Carl casting their ever professional ‘laser pin point’ eye over several models. Each time highlighting why that may not be the example for me. Rest assured these guys know their onions and you’re in very safe hands; candid and sincere.
Just when I was beginning to feel the summer would pass without a ‘Spider’ for my own Italian passions, I get a phone call from my friend Paul. Whether it was a hint of guilt or just that he had run out of space for his car collection? .....“Would you like to buy the Spider from me”....I think they were his words, as I interrupted with a ‘yes definitely’ before the sentence was cast from his lips!
I inform ACC to call off the search, the Spider has fund its true home! – ‘Perhaps it was just meant to be‘ he wryly says.
From that champagne fuelled car show, meeting Carl and Mark, the roundabout route of having my perfect car in the garage & now chasing summer horizons. I can honestly say it’s been a pleasure both meeting and finally getting ‘the car’ through the Absolute Classic Cars.
As they say in Italy – ‘Le Dolce Vita’ "
Steve Calver, Kent
From the first meeting to help sell my much loved but awkward Jaguar Mark 10, the team at Absolute Classics have been consummate professionals. They prepared the car to the highest mechanical and cosmetic standards, marketed the car widely, dealt with endless enquiries, some serious, many less so. In the end due to their automotive expertise, patience and persistence they achieved a great price in a difficult sector of the market.
Mr J. Birch, Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire
Thank you so much for your services in finding a new owner for my cherished classic car - it was with a heavy heart that the decision was made but fortunately I found Absolute Classic Cars who handled the whole process with utter professionalism and brilliant customer service.
A great portfolio of pictures presented on their own website and other suitable platforms stimulated a lot of interest and the first to give the vehicle close inspection became the new owner. Once the car left my garage I was spared the process of advertising, viewings, etc which would have only spoiled my fond memories of an old 'friend'.
I could not imagine dealing with anyone better than either Mark or Carl when either buying or selling a valuable classic or sports car as they have knowledge and experience to safely guide you through the process - and at the end they have become like friends!
Keith Pollard, Lincolnshire
"We wanted to sell our Porsche 911 and were not keen on having to field the calls, arrange viewings and take people on test drives. However we wanted a good price for it too. Mark came up trumps.
His work, both in terms of preparing the car for sale and putting together a brilliantly worded advert (and professional photography), meant we had lots of interest. Mark dealt with all enquiries, arranged test drives and ultimately negotiated a better deal than we were expecting. We would certainly use Mark to sell any classic or unusual car in the future."
Dr AM Kelly, Nottingham
"I have known Mark through the classic car scene for 25 plus years on a personal and professional basis and during this time we have completed several classic vehicle related transactions.
When it came to rationalising my collection Mark was my obvious first choice to market and manage on my behalf the transition of ownership and funding of some of my cars. I was confident Mark would handle this on my behalf due to ongoing business commitments pulling on my time. Marks knowledge of the classic market combined with his integrity and enthusiasm led him managing several potential owners, negotiating a final closing deal with the new owner at a level acceptable to both parties and most importantly with no hassle.
I have now asked Mark to market my next car and also to source a classic Porsche for me.
If you value integrity, enthusiasm and discretion then you will not be disappointed dealing with Mark."
Martyn Linford, Derbyshire
"I can’t speak too highly of Mark from Absolute Classic Cars. Having know Mark for some time, as he helped my son source a classic car previously, and knowing that he dealt primarily with classic cars I unexpectedly found myself needing to replace my nine-year-old car, at the beginning of June, and he suggested that he might be able to help with his contacts across the various dealer networks. My brief was reasonably flexible, but my budget including finders’ fees was fairly small and I also needed a deal to be completed by the end of July—so no pressure!! But Mark took up the challenge and kept me updated regularly about any potential cars as they occurred and talked me through various options and emailed photos so that I could visualise each model.
One Thursday afternoon Mark called to say he had sourced a brand new car at a dealership, I couldn’t believe it; such an amazing result, in budget and actually saving me £3500 off list price!
Thanks to Mark and his professional and straight forward approach, I am the happy owner of a brand new car, bang on budget and all achieved in my tight timescale. I could not have reached this superb outcome without Mark and thoroughly recommend Absolute Classic Cars. Thank you!!"
JMG, West Sussex
"I purchased my Aston Martin DB9 Volante from Mark and the whole experience was a pleasure. Mark was very knowledgeable and very thorough, he had all the documentation and pedigree ready and available to view, the vehicle was clean and well presented. From the minute we arrived we were made very welcome and Mark made every effort to accommodate our wishes. I would certainly recommend engaging Mark’s services with regards to acquiring or selling high quality specialist vehicles.
Richard Christopher, Cheshire
"Mark can find cars others would never find. He has great contacts throughout the world and he sourced a wonderful Austin Healey for me in Sweden. Accompanying me on the initial viewing meant that all the right questions were asked and no stone was left unturned, which meant I was confident that I was buying a really great car. He’s a tough but fair negotiator which meant I ultimately got a really great deal too. His help in getting the car back to the UK safe and sound was also really appreciated. I really enjoyed Marks company and assistance throughout the whole process. A big thank you Mark!”
Alex Hole, Nottingham
"After recently selling my Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster I found myself spending hours searching for a suitable replacement. With so many years being the owner of this stylish ‘Cat’ the search went on day and night, often with a glass of Scotlands finest whiskey in hand! I began working through my ‘wish list’ and couldn’t believe my luck when I stumbled across the Absolute Classic Cars website. A Volvo 1800S was clearly on my radar and Marks privately owned classic was something unreal, the car looked truly stunning.
I instantly called Mark (who speaks great German) and told him I would be on the next available plane. At 2am I booked the flight, organised a rental car and shortly afterwards had boarded a flight to the UK and finally made it to Marks house with enough light left in an otherwise typical grey winters day. Mark opened his garage and rolled out his classic, still wearing its cover, my heart in overdrive and head spinning! Mark removed the cover and there in front me…..every word Mark had used far exceeded my expectations, the exterior colour complimented the shape of the car perfectly, it simply could not be surpassed, the interior was the icing on the cake and the car was in absolutely fantastic order…I needed to buy this car as much as I needed to breath!
The personal touch, the thought of the smallest details that went into restoring this car from a barn-find car to an absolute classic winner just shows the amount of expertise and knowledge about design and how things work to elevate a good car into something very special.
If you are looking for the personal touch paired with knowledge about historic cars, then Absolute Classic Cars is the only way to go."
Peter Hoecherl, Finning - Germany