Crossley & Webb is set to become Cape Town’s premier automotive investment destination with the forthcoming launch of their 1400-square metre showroom in the trendy Wembley Square district.
On track to open in October 2013, the historic red-brick building in the South African city is currently being transformed into a world class auto-trading and lifestyle centre. The masterminds behind this unique venture are experienced motoring enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, Gareth Crossley and Bryan Webb, both of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of Supercar and classic car investments to local and international investors.
With over 15 years’ experience in the Premium Motoring sector, Gareth has previously held senior positions at BMW, Maserati and Ferrari, whilst Bryan is a renowned engineer and collector who brings his business acumen to the workshop and restoration side of the company. The designer venue will house Crossley & Webb’s four aligned business units to provide a unique turn-key solution for motoring aficionados including procurement, sales, valuation, restoration and advice on fleet management, spanning from daily drivers to investment classics.
The sales department will provide carefully selected investment grade classics, sports cars and super cars traded both locally and internationally, as well as assistance on structuring the acquisitions, insurance and warranty products. The personal nature of the classic and investment vehicle business has resulted in Crossley & Webb aligning themselves with a team of industry specialists able to supply technical advice, conduct historical research and thorough valuations thereby offering a comprehensive platform to make the most informed decision when purchasing a classic model or sports car.
Professional storage of investment grade vehicles has equally become a critical element in retaining asset value, and it is here that Crossley & Webb has designed unique state-of-the-art de-humidified glass storage vaults for monthly hire. This bespoke service will be available to all serious collectors, especially those along the Atlantic Seaboard….and will no doubt also function as a crowd puller and social talking point. This convenient offering includes routine maintenance services, professional valets, all insurance as well as complimentary transportation for the client and vehicle for the duration of the contract.
Furthermore, housed within the building will be the office of the international supercar timeshare franchise – Ecurie 25. Founded in London in 2005, Ecurie 25 has eight centres worldwide, including the UK, the US, Australia and now Cape Town. Membership to this elite community is restricted so as to ensure availability of the vehicles to members at all times who also enjoy a variety of lifestyle benefits plus access to a collection of more than 50 of the most desirable vehicles in the world ranging from a Lamborghini Aventador to the Jaguar E-Type.
By Simon Wittenberg