A company that made annual sales of £10m worldwide last year is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The Classic and Sportscar Center marked its third decade by opening an auto storage department with plans for a major redevelopment at their West Knapton headquarters next year.
Founded in 1991 by Nick Szkiler in Huddersfield, the company relocated to Ryedale in 1998.
In 2006, Nick’s son James took over management of the business, which was renamed the Classic and Sportscar Center and later expanded to include Malton Coachworks, which offers classic car restoration and servicing.
James said: “2021 marked the 30th anniversary of Classic & Sportscar Limited. Many of our customers will remember their 25th birthday celebrated in grand style at the National Railway Museum.
“Unfortunately, the uncertainty surrounding last year’s events meant the company was unable to plan a similar 30th party, but it has reached this important business milestone, celebrating the company’s continued success and growth.
James and his sales team in West Knapton continue to sell classic cars around the world.
In the last month alone, five have been exported to Australia, one to California and two will soon be heading to Canada.
James said: “The Classic & Sportscar Center sells between 20 and 25 classic cars a month and continues to grow with annual sales of £10m worldwide last year – an amazing achievement during a global pandemic.”
The team includes Kyle Rose who runs the workshop shop at Showfield Lane in Malton, supported by a skilled technical team which also has two apprentices.
Mark Brooks has spent over 10 years with the company running the bodywork and paint shop, also based on Showfield Lane. In 2021 he hired the company’s first technical trainee.
Joe Sawyer leads the vehicle trim department which moved to their own premises in October 2020. They carry out high quality interior trim work and support our sales team, external customers and many specialist car companies throughout the region.
James said: “With a fantastic team of skilled people working across five departments, the company looks forward to continued growth and development.
“Highlights of the classic car specialist’s 30th anniversary have included strong presences at flagship automotive events including the London Classic Car Show, the Goodwood Revival and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
“During one of these events the company linked up with Richard Hammond from ‘Top Gear’ and ‘The Grand Tour’ by displaying his Jaguar XK150 which the Classic & Sportscar Center had owned and resold on a number of occasions in the past.
“The company’s continued expansion reflects its strong and growing reputation as a ‘one-stop shop’ for classic car owners and enthusiasts around the world.”