The Wonderful Story of Alberto and his Fiat 500C Topolino Belvedere!


10 years ago Alberto Valstrona had just celebrated his 75th birthday, and as a real Italian was of course accompanied by his whole family! Living in the beautiful village of Omegna, they had a great picnic that afternoon at the nearby Lake d’Orta. It was there that the memories of the good old days came flooding back to him. Being a car enthusiast he wanted to work at a project which proves his technical skills and not spend his days resting amongst the olive trees.

Alberto had nice memories of the Fiat Topolino Belvedère which he owned years ago. Driving slowly around the lake with Sofia tightly next to him. Despite himself but especially Sofia has grown a few inches wider over the years and the in their minds large Topolino now seemed a lot smaller. Still, Alberto thought a restoration object was a fine way of spending his days off. Sofia thought it was a good plan and sons Giuseppe and Salvatore would if necessary, assist their father if help was needed. So in whole northern Italy he looked around for the perfect Belvedere to restore. After rejecting several cars, in a came a grey car from the year 1954, and the restoration could begin.


The Fiat was solid, complete and very original, a great starting point to be able to make a wonderful restoration. He did not take any risks and spent many hours on the tiny Topolino. Alberto decided not to over-restore the car, but bring it back in it’s original level, just as it seems the Fiat was just driven out of the factory. The under carriage has been in the hands of a restorer who gave all details extraordinary attention. Each part of this Fiat Topolino was judged, and treated with care by Alberto with his high quality requirements. Personally, we think the nice classic two-tone grey body colour and brown interior a perfect combination.


After more than two years, the car was ready and Sofia was invited to enjoy the lake as they had done so many times. And indeed … the seats were still good but seemed to be a little tighter … It did not spoil the fun. In the following years regular tours were made, but of course only with good weather and an open roof.


The feeling while driving is maybe only understood by the real enthusiast. Despite its small size and low power the Topolino gives a feeling of freedom and enjoyment, which is further enhanced by the full open roof. Space for children, dog and picnic basket is sufficient. In terms of investment, it is also positive and especially when considering that a restoration done at the same quality level as this car is offering, will cost much more money than our asking price. It is important to know that the Fiat drove only 2500 km car after its extensive restoration.

We know that there are cheaper Belvedères on the market, but better? We dare to doubt it. Do you really want value for money, something fun and super original? Then this Fiat Topolino 500C Belvedere has certainly have to come to your attention.

For the fans of the famous Mille Miglia: the car is eligible for this great Italian event and the cheapest possibility to take part!

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NEW ARRIVALS: See the stunning addition to the DD Classics showroom!

This week we have welcomed some more beautiful classics into the wonderful array of cars we have for sale. Let us know your favourite!

Aston Martin DB6 Volante RHD

Aston Martin DB6 Volante

  • One of the rarest of post-war Aston Martins
  • The first Aston Martin to use the iconic ‘Volante’ name
  • Highly usable ZF four-speed automatic gearbox
  • Extensive history file with invoices dating from 1977 till the present day
  • 1 of only 140 “Mark 1” DB6 Volantes produced

The Aston Martin DB6 was launched at the 1965 Paris/London Motor Shows, arriving at a difficult time for the company with the UK economy struggling and the U.S market becoming subject to more and more regulation. Their primary aim was to increase the rear-seat space of the immensely popular DB5, resulting in an extensive re-style with a raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. The resulting design made the DB6 a genuine four-seater tourer.

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Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 LHD


  • Believed to be 1 of just 625 Series I examples
  • Beautifully finished in Bleu Chiaro with complementing Bleu leather interior
  • Original owner’s manual
  • Borrani wire wheels

The Ferrari 330 GT for sale at DD Classics was a new body style by Pininfarina, commonly known as a Series 1 model which had a total production run of just 625 cars. The car features a distinctive four headlight design which didn’t feature on the ‘Series II’ model. The fantastic Gioacchino Colombo designed 300bhp engine was fitted to all series 1 cars, adorned with triple Weber 40DCZ/6 carburettors and a manual gearbox. This combination took the vehicle from 0-60mph in just 6.3 seconds. Clearly one of the fastest cars of the early/mid sixties era, the Series 1 model had without doubt very few rivals.

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Rolls-Royce Camargue LHD


  • 1 of only 526 examples produced
  • 52,750 miles from new
  • Masons Black with St George’s Red double coach-line and Ebony hide
  • All woodwork has been recently refurbished
  • Factory fuel injection

The Camargue was fitted with the 6750cc V8 engine and was based on the Silver Shadow’s floorpan. However, the car was longer, wider and heavier than the Silver Shadow. Designed by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina, the Camargue was the first post war Rolls-Royce that was not designed in house. An unusual feature was the famous radiator which tilted forward four degrees from vertical.

At the time of its launch, the Rolls-Royce Camargue was the company’s flagship vehicle and the most expensive production car in the world at the cost of £83,132.

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Mercedes 300 SE L 6.3 LHD


  • Extensive service history
  • Original datacards
  • Havana Red-Brown with Mink Velour interior
  • 6.3 Litre M100 V8 engine

This Mercedes 300 SEL is fitted with the company’s extremely powerful 6.3 litre M100 V8 engine that featured in the luxuriousMercedes 600 Pullman limousine. This powerful combination created what many regarded to be the first ‘super saloon’, capable of reaching cruising speeds of 125mph with astonishing acceleration in absolute luxury.

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Jaguar MK II RHD


  • Much preferred 3.8 litre engine
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Air conditioning
  • Power steering
  • Original owner’s handbook

Here is a rare opportunity to own an iconic British sporting saloon, from one of the most prestigious manufacturers. Certain to make the new owner the envy of his fellow club members, friends, neighbours and colleagues as well as the motoring public at large.

With the much preferred 3.8 litre engine, uprated 5-speed manual gearbox, power assisted steering and the addition of modern air conditioning this is a remarkably modern drive. The driving experience is agreeable in every way: Engine start-up is easy from cold and when hot. Gear changes are smooth and the power assisted steering functions correctly. On road test the brakes performed well and all instruments register within tolerance.

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  • Singapore Grey with Graphite Merino Individual leather
  • 4.4 litre, twin-turbo V8 engine, 560 BHP
  • 19 inch M double-spoke style wheels
  • Internet and DAB digital radio feature as optional extras
  • 80,379 miles with full BMW service history

No other super saloon offers the BMW M5’s combination of mind-bending straight-line performance, dynamic ability and everyday usability. The M5 delivers comfort when you need it and feedback and grip when you push on. Described as the definitive super saloon, it is everything that we love about M-cars – fast, fun to drive, great to look at and lovely to be sat in.

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Top Gear vs Amazon Prime… Who will come out on top?

With the Top Gear premiere fast approaching we thought we’d match up the new presenters with the old as they face off in the battle of the automotive ratings.

The infographic compares the old Top Gear presenters with the new ones. We explore which presenter comes out on top when it comes to their cars. Who has the fastest, who has the most expensive, who has the weirdest and the who has the worst?

We’ve also found out who has won the most awards and who’s had the highest viewing figures. Has Chris Evans won more awards than Clarkson? Has Friends had more viewers than Top Gear? And will James May own the quirkiest car?

Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below!

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Is the V12 Vanquish the Last ‘True’ Aston Martin?

During the 52 years that Aston Martin sports cars were made at Newport Pagnell, just over 13,300 cars left the factory destined for customers all over the world. Among the many iconic models designed and built here are: DB4, DB5 & DB6, V8 Vantage, the William Towns Lagonda and the original Vanquish.

The factory at Newport Pagnell was a hotbed of hand craftsmanship and traditional skills. Rare and sought-after, these contributed to making Newport Pagnell such an iconic name in the automotive industry.

Aston Martin Works, Newport Pagnell
Photo Credit: Aston Martin Works

In March 2008 the company announced a partnership with Magna Steyr to outsource manufacturing of over 2,000 cars annually to Graz, Austria. A move that alienated many loyal Aston Martin customers and fans. The car that marked the end of an era at Newport Pagnell was the V12 Vanquish, the last car came off the production line on 19 July, 2007. The Vanquish is deemed by many to be the last of the ‘true’ Aston Martin’s, handcrafted with pride in Britain and different from the generic, mass produced cars on the market.

The Last V12 Vanquish Built at New Pagnell
The last Aston Martin to be manufactured at Newport-Pagnell

Aston Martin announced that the manufacturing of their new car, the DBX, will take place in South Wales. This great news for the British automotive industry will create 750 highly skilled jobs, although it will be interesting to see if this factory can create the same iconic legacy as Newport Pagnell.

Aston Martin still have a presence at Newport Pagnell, the same artisan skills that have been passed down through generations are still proudly maintained at Aston Martin Works. Aston Martin Works is now the largest, best equipped and most knowledgeable heritage restoration centre in the world. Many of the original tools that made the cars are still being used to service and restore them.

Do you consider the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish to be the last ‘True’ Aston Martin? Or are you excited for what the future may bring for the company? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aston Martin V12 Vanquish for sale at DD Classics

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish for sale

  • One owner from new
  • Only 7,708 miles
  • Considered by many to be the last ‘True’ Aston Martin
  • Handcrafted V12, 460 bhp engine coupled to a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox
  • 1 of 973 LHD manufactured

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish entered production in 2001, having been developed from the 1998 Project Vantage concept car. It marked a large step in Aston Martin’s vehicle engineering as the company combined a bonded aluminium chassis with their traditional craftsmanship. This was a new era for the Aston Martin brand.

In 2002 the V12 Vanquish became the latest Aston Martin to be driven by James Bond. Featuring as 007’s car in the 2002 film “Die Another Day”, earned the V12 Vanquish number 3 on the list of Best Film Cars Ever.

Aston Martin’s V12 Vanquish features an extremely rigid and safe body shell made from aluminium and carbon fibre, this shell was then fitted with hand-finished, Superformed aluminium panels. Under close examination it is clear that our Vanquish is still as perfectly straight as the day it left the factory.

Underneath the bonnet sits a 460bhp version of the Aston Martin V12 engine, hand crafted with pride by Stuart Bull. The engine delivers its power via a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox that is smooth and effortless, even under load. The engine bay is beautifully detailed and in immaculate condition. This is a spectacular vehicle to drive and is highly rated by our experienced staff.

Our car is fitted with unscathed 19” multi-spoke alloy wheels and a matching set of Yokohama tyres. A personal favourite of ours are the Aston Martin embossed red brake calipers that enhance the appearance of the car.

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish for sale at DD Classics is finished in a Royal Blue metallic coachwork with Light-stone Connolly hide, quilted inserts, Royal Blue Wilton carpets & matching top roll. Beautifully stitched leather piping completes the carpets and adds that extra touch of luxury. The Alcantara headlining remains in immaculate condition, the seats are fabulous and the carpets show no sign of wear. It is clear that our car has been lovingly maintained, having had only one owner from new. In that time span the vehicle has completed a mere 7,708 miles.

Considered by many to be a future classic, this is a fantastic investment opportunity for any car enthusiast.

The Aston Martin is available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call 0208 878 3355 to book an appointment.

What do you think of our Techno Classica Essen shortlist!

DD Classics are pleased to be exhibiting at the 2016 Techno Classica event in Essen, Germany. With over 1,250 exhibitors, Techno Classica is one of the largest events in the Classic Car calendar and an absolute must see for any Classic Car enthusiast.

Techno Classica Essen 2016


Techno Classica Essen 2016

6th April – 10th April
Norbertstr. 2, D-45131 Essen

– 20 exhibiting halls and 4 open air areas.
– 1,250 exhibitors from 30 nations, including 220 Clubs and Interest Groups.



Here is a shortlist of some of the fabulous array of cars that we will be taking to the showcase event in Essen, Germany. If you would like to book an appointment to view before or during the show, please contact us today!

1991 Isdera Imperator

Isdera Imperator for sale

1987 AC Cobra

AC Cobra for sale

2004 Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari Enzo For Sale

1972 Ferrari Dino

Ferrari Dino 246 For Sale at DD Classics

1996 Ferrari F512m

Ferrari F512m for sale

1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

Classic Ferrari 375 GT 2+2 For Sale

1966 Porsche 912

Classic Porsche 912 For Sale

1973 Porsche 911S

Porsche 911S For Sale 1

1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II


2006 Ford GT

Ford GT40 For Sale _1

1979 BMW M1

BMW M1 For Sale in London _1

1960 Alvis TD 21 Drophead Coupe

Classic Alvis TD 21 For Sale

1981 DeLorean DMC-12

Delorean DMC-12 1981 For Sale at DD Classics

1958 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Fuelie’





Aston Martin V12 Vanquish could easily follow in the footsteps of its valuable classic-era predecessors

Such is the case with the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.  In the future, collectors undoubtedly will look back upon the Series One Vanquish and heap praise upon its carbon-fibre/aluminium tub and bulging, hand-formed aluminium body panels.

In terms of historical reference, the V12 Vanquish has made its mark as the last car built at Aston Martin’s legendary Newport Pagnell factory.  Even bricks from the dismantled structure were later sold for charity and are now considered sought-after collectibles

In many ways the V12 Vanquish marks the beginning of Aston Martin’s present technology-driven era.  Classic silhouettes and sumptuous cowhides remain, but traditional powertrains and thinking were left in the dust.

Of course, Aston Martin’s current era really hit its stride when ownership changed hands in March 2007. Prodrive chairman David Richards led the consortium that purchased Aston Martin for US$848 million. The relatively small sum is a reminder that Aston Martin is indeed a small manufacturer, regardless of its iconic brand.

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Aston Martin V12 Vanquish For Sale


  • One owner from new
  • Only 7,708 miles
  • V12, 460 bhp engine
  • 1 of 973 LHD manufactured

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish for sale at DD Classics is finished in a Royal Blue metallic coachwork with Light-stone Connolly hide, quilted inserts, Royal Blue Wilton carpets & matching top role. Our car has been lovingly maintained by one owner from new and has only completed 7,708 miles in that period.

Considered by many to be a future classic, this is a fantastic opportunity for any car enthusiast.

Climb in and you’ll immediately appreciate the superior leather craftsmanship (for which Aston Martin has always been known), as well as the paddle-shifted six-speed mechatronic manual transmission.

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish for sale

The classic Aston Martin silhouette meets modern technology with the V12 Vanquish.


Under-the-hood beauty: the potent V12, hints of the carbon-fibre superstructure and the handsome carbon-fibre strut brace.

Aston Martin V12 Engine

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What Do You Think of This Incredible Gallery of Cars?

What do you think of the amazing collection of cars for sale at DD Classics? The following gallery has been taken from the DD Classics Instagram account, come and give us a follow!

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Aston Martin Collaborate with Red Bull Racing to Produce Next Generation Hypercar

British luxury brand Aston Martin and Formula One team Red Bull Racing are today announcing a partnership which sees Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey and Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman collaborate to produce a ground-breaking Aston Martin hypercar.

Codenamed Project ‘AM-RB 001’, the new hypercar will represent the ultimate blend of cutting edge F1TMtechnology with Aston Martin’s signature sports car design. The combined talents of Newey, widely noted as the most successful Formula One designer of all time, and Reichman, Aston Martin’s design chief since 2005, are set to produce the ultimate hypercar.

Combining the strongest elements of Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Aston Martin, this new Innovation Partnership unites the world’s best aerodynamicists, composite experts and manufacturing masters. All the parties offer different elite capabilities and the combination of all of those skills, ensuring that Project ‘AM-RB 001’ promises to be an exciting prospect for customers and enthusiasts around the world.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “Formula One offers the ultimate global stage to build wider awareness of the Aston Martin brand. However, this partnership will deliver even more than that when the hypercar that Aston Martin and Adrian Newey are in the process of developing hits the road.

“Between Q by Aston Martin Advanced, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing AG, we are going to create a car that will excite and stir the imaginations of the car designers of the future and a global audience of sports car enthusiasts.

“These are exciting times for Aston Martin and arriving hot on the heels of our DB11 launch earlier this month, this new partnership underlines that our brand really is racing again.”

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said of the new partnership: “This is a very exciting project for everyone at Red Bull Racing. Through this Innovation Partnership the iconic Aston Martin logo will return to grand prix racing for the first time since 1960, and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, led by Adrian, will be harnessing our Formula One DNA to produce the ultimate of all road cars. It’s an incredible project which also realises a dream and vision long held by Adrian to design a road car. We are very much looking forward to what I’m certain will be a successful partnership.”

As the designer of cars such as the Aston Martin DB11 – which was revealed earlier this month at the Geneva International Motor Show – the Aston Martin Vulcan and the        One-77, Marek Reichman holds the key to the unmistakeable design language of the modern era of Aston Martins.

“We are in the process of developing a hypercar that combines the latest in aerodynamics from F1TM and the stunning design language of an Aston Martin sports car,” said Reichman. “The opportunity to collaborate with Adrian (Newey) and Red Bull Advanced Technologies will be a fascinating experience for everyone involved. Unconstrained by F1TM regulations, we have a unique chance to create a car in its most efficient form that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology.”

Having an illustrious Formula One career spanning nearly 30 years, and as the designer of ten World Championship winning Formula One cars, the partnership represents a new challenge for Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey.

“From the age of six I have had two goals in life – to be involved in the design of racing cars, and to be involved in the design of a super car.” Newey commented. “Whilst the former ambition went on to form my career to date, the latter has always bubbled away, resulting in countless sketches and doodles over the years.

“The opportunity to now develop and realise those ideas whilst working with Marek and his colleagues from Aston Martin is tremendously exciting.  It allows us to translate the technology we have developed in F1TMinto a new arena.”

The Aston Martin brand was borne out of the racing exploits of Lionel Martin – one of the founding partners of the British marque over 103 years ago – and the company made its international motor racing debut at the 1922 French Grand Prix. While motorsport has always remained integral to the brand’s DNA, the most famous moment in Aston Martin’s significant motorsport history is the 1959 outright win at the Le Mans 24 Hours for Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby in the Aston Martin DBR1. The modern Aston Martin Racing team, formed in 2005 has taken three class wins at Le Mans and will return to Circuit de la Sarthe again this June.

Florian Kamelger, Managing Director of project partners, AF Racing AG, said: “AF Racing AG has had close bonds to Aston Martin and motorsport with these beautiful cars for many years. Now, with this project and its connections into F1™, a dream comes true for us.”

To celebrate the partnership between Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the RB12s will carry the iconic Aston Martin wings logo throughout the 2016 season, making their debut at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne.


If you are excited to see Aston Martin back at the forefront of automotive design or are nostalgic for their incredible past. Please visit the DD Classics website to see out incredible collection of Aston Martin’s and other amazing classic cars.

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Jaguar XJS Prices Continue to Rise as Investors Hunt for the next ‘E-Type’

A grand total of 115,330 Jaguar XJS cars were built over a 21-year span from 1975 to 1996, of which around 80% went overseas. Even though it has now been out of production for 18 years, all parts are still available to service the car and – thanks to its highly distinctive shape – it still turns heads. Tony O’Keeffe, Communications Officer at Jaguar Heritage, himself owns a March 1996 celebration model, a 4.0-litre coupé. He states, “I have no intention of selling the car and over the past two years of ownership I have seen the value increase by over 30%.”

One of the rarest and most desirable cars is one of the 352 V12 cars built between 1975 and 1979 – with the manual gearbox – shortly followed by the 3.6 manual cabriolet. Special versions celebrating the Le Mans wins were also produced: limited production runs that (in the right condition) would sell for a premium, as well as examples of the celebration model, built to celebrate Jaguar’s 75th Birthday. We’ve witnessed the price of the E-type increase dramatically over the past few years and, while we don’t believe that the XJS could ever reach E-type prices, they will surely continue to rise in value.

Jaguar XJS 4.0 For Sale in London

  • Only 38,000 Miles From New
  • Galvanised Bodywork
  • Highly Rated 4.0 Litre J16 Engine Fitted
  • Revised Trim with Embossed Seats & Wooden Steering Wheel
  • Original Owner Driver Handbooks & Tools All Complete
  • Highly Usable, Future Classic in the Making
  • Last of the Iconic Model Called the Celebration, Built to Celebrate Jaguar’s 75th Birthday

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Supplied new from Meads of Burnham and finished in Topaz metallic with Oatmeal hide interior, luxuriously enhanced with the majestic Elm wood furnishings, this Jaguar is a truly magnificent example.

Having covered just 37,000 miles from new with comprehensive history of service comprising main dealer stamped booklet from 1996 to 2006, service invoices from authorised agents and MOT certificates. The last service having been undertaken by Stratstones in 2014.

Complete with a driver’s handbook and spare keys and freshly MOT’d, this cherished sports coupe is ready to be enjoyed.

This classic Jaguar is available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call to book an appointment.


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Chris Evans Has Apologised on Behalf of Top Gear…Already


Chris Evans has apologised “unreservedly” after scenes for the new Top Gear series were filmed near the Cenotaph in central London.Chris Evans has apologised “unreservedly” after scenes for the new Top Gear series were filmed near the Cenotaph in central London.

In recent times the Top Gear name has found it increasingly difficult to stay out of trouble and unwanted headlines. Their latest stunt saw new host Matt LeBlanc driving around Westminster as shooting took place for the new series of the BBC2 show. Whilst this does not sound too troublesome, the photos in the media this morning show large tyre circles left on streets surrounding the Cenotaph war memorial after the stunt.

This morning, the likeable Chris Evans addressed the issue on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, Evans said he “completely understood the furore” around the photographs and admitted it had been “unwise” to film anywhere near the Cenotaph.

He said: “It doesn’t matter what actually happened, it doesn’t matter what the circumstances were that could explain this away, what is important about this is what these images look like and they look entirely disrespectful which is not and would never be the intention of the Top Gear team or Matt (LeBlanc).

“On behalf of the Top Gear team and Matt, I would like to apologise unreservedly for what these images seem to portray.

“There have been some very incendiary comments written alongside these pictures and I completely understand this furore but the Top Gear team would never ever do that.

Evans said LeBlanc had been filming in a car called the Hoonicorn alongside racing driver Ken Block and filming could continue on Monday and Tuesday.

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DD Classics are an independent Sports, Performance and Classic Car Dealer in London, selling a range of classic and modern Ferrari’s, Bentley’s,Porsche’s,Rolls-Royce’s and many more iconic cars.