A Vintage Year
By Simon Kidston
Now that was a year to remember: not much survived unchanged from January to December except perhaps the classic car world, a bastion of clinking glasses, exotic engines beneath hand-formed curves, the scent of Castrol R mixed with damp tweed (Shell and crisp linen if you prefer Palm Beach to Goodwood) and polite applause following every sharp rap of the auctioneer's hammer. There were ups, there were downs, but the essence remained the same. It's hard to imagine a more charmed universe, although Hugh Hefner might not agree.
Thank you to everyone who has helped make 2016 a vintage year. Our small team is proud to have established new records for the Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren marques which proves that specialisation pays and whatever the wider backdrop, the cream will always rise to the top.
If you're interested in the hard numbers, take a look at www.K500.com where editor Steve Wakefield gives a clear end-of-term report on what happened in the classic car market this year: which auction houses came out on top, what sold best and what did not, and how the index fared over 12 months. You won't find these stats anywhere else, and they're revealing if you collect seriously.
We wish you all a very happy Christmas and look forward to meeting you on the road in the New Year.