Our Driving Appreciation
Our appreciation of the historic cars we buy, restore, sell and love goes back to a time when they were not even considered particularly special or valuable. Our earliest memories are cars related.
Guy remembers fondly ‘working’ alongside his father and grandfather as they raced and hill climbed cars in the sixties.
Neil’s entire family worked in the Coventry motor industry all their careers building cars for brands such as Alvis, Jaguar, Triumph and Austin Healey. The stories his parents and grandparents used to tell about life in the fifties and sixties motor city fuelled his passion for cars and especially, but not exclusively Coventry built cars. If the adage ‘show me the boy aged 7 and I will show you the man’ is true it would have shown two small boys destined to enjoy motor cars.
Neil declined an apprenticeship in the Coventry motor industry much to the regret of his grandfather who had ‘pulled strings’. Instead, he went into further education at business and sports college before spending his working career to date in the Banking and Sport including motorsport business. Throughout this time Neil began owning, racing, rallying and collecting classic cars. Inevitably, Coventry made the cars, and the collection and value of his cars grew in line with his career progression.
Our lives ran a parallel course until 1996 when an XK120 in need of significant remedial attention brought us face to face for the first time. Since that first meeting, we have become firm friends, sharing many great times together usually in and around the race track or bar!
Today’s classic car market is very different from those that we remember as children. Ownership and participation have become a ‘lifestyle’ with tours, rallies and racing organised across continents on almost a weekly basis. With the right car, it is now possible to fill your calendar with wonderful social classic events year-round. Equally important is the fact that owning a classic is now an investment decision. Buy the right car and not only will you access all the ‘lifestyle’ things we have said but your asset will appreciate in value. In setting up Fender-Broad Classic Cars we believe we have the perfect complementary blend of skills to offer our customers the very best guidance and advice on what car to buy to best suit their needs.
Straight from school Guy began working in the the Jaguar and Classic car business. Including a 3 year stint in America, Guy amassed a wealth of contacts throughout the world enabling him to set up the very successful Jaguar XK parts and Restoration business in his name. Now in its 23rd year this business continues to be run very successfully by Guy. A key ingredient to Guy Broad being so successful is that Guy enjoys the business so much. His desire to help customers realise their XK dreams remains as strong today as ever.