Automotive enthusiasts are set to see a massive change in India’s collectable cars industry.
Since time immemorial, buying and selling classic and vintage cars in India have always been associated with bad experiences and shady dealings. The industry was, until now, completely unorganised and marked by cars with dodgy histories, made up origin stories, random valuations, and, often, a complete cornucopia of paperwork, more complex than the plot of a James Hadley Chase novel.
A New Beginning
But all that is set to change with the inception of Historic Auctions, which is, essentially, India’s first professional organisation dealing with vintage and classic automobiles. Basically, Historic Auctions will serve enthusiasts and collectors in India in two ways – one, it will source automobiles with clean histories and paperwork, assess them professionally, and declare reserve values of machines, offering interested buyers an opportunity to bid on them at its online platform. Secondly, to those looking for a particular car or bike – like I’ve been looking for a 300 SL Gullwing sans the cash to afford it, of course – the company will search and source the car or the bike for the buyer from India.
Of course, what makes Historic Auctions different from earlier attempts by others to enter this field is the stellar team leading this operation. Collectively, the team has over 150 years of experience in dealing with classic and vintage cars, and the company is led by none other than H. H. Rana Manvendra Singh Barwani, Chairman, Historic Auctions, who is certainly the leading authority on classic and vintage automobiles in India. He was also responsible for holding the sublime Cartier Concourse events in India.
To make their first exhibition spectacular, Raja Muzaffar Ali – the renowned artist and filmmaker – displayed a bespoke set of paintings created by him, featuring legendary cars such as the Delahaye, Duesenberg, and an Isotta Fraschini, formerly owned by his family.
If you have been dreaming to own a specific vintage or classic beauty, then historicauctions.com is the place you should be at. Historic Auctions will also hold physical auctions of these beauties, once the COVID situation dissipates, of course, bringing the drama and excitement of a live auction room to the Indian audience.