The Real Car Company
The Real Car Company was established in 1987 by Ray Arnold & Ian Johnstone. It was a hobby that 'Got out of hand'. Our interest in cars of the type that we now sell goes back to our childhoods, and ownership back to the 1970's. Gradually more cars started passing through our hands, and by 1986 we had decided to make a full time occupation of buying and selling the cars that we love.
We started with a single car (all we could afford) which we sold quickly, and before we knew it we had 4 or 5 on our hands! This was alongside another business that we were involved in at the time. In the Spring of 1988 we gave up the other business, (exhaust systems), rented part of the premises that we still operate from now, and went full time.
We had a good start in the boom years of the late eighties, which set us up well enough for us to ride the storm of recession in the years that followed. As the years went on the number of cars going through our hands increased gradually, we built up a workforce, and now in 2017 we carry a stock of around 40 to 50 vehicles and there are eleven of us here. In 1999 we were awarded 'International Classic Car Dealer of the Year' by Classic Cars Magazine, and in 2010 we received the Tom Pryce Award from the Welsh Motoring Writers. The market for 'our' kind of cars is nicely stable, generally prices are creeping upwards all the time, and we feel that investing in a car - or cars - of the type that we sell is generally a great place to put your money. Don't do it just for investment, but you can get a great deal of pleasure from these vehicles, prices are - in our opinion - unlikely to drop, and you can't drive a share certificate! Some prices in the last few years have moved up considerably, particularly during the economic downturn, in some cases showing a tremendous return on investment.
Over the last twenty five years or so we have brought home hundreds of cars from the USA, and we are always looking for more. If you know of a Rolls-Royce or Bentley anywhere in the world, in absolutely any condition, please let us know. Distance no object, commissions happily paid. We always particularly enjoy the early cars and the 'barn finds'.
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Hooper Limousine
Just back in the UK following 46 years with one owner in the USA,an extremely original, 'proper' and appealing example, with structurally excellent coachwork. The doors close with a very pleasing 'click', and the whole car is delightfully undisturbed. The engine runs, but needs some attention, although the cylinder head appears to be in good condition, which is very important on a Wraith, as good ones are very hard to find. Complete with tools in their clips under the bonnet and buff logbook from 1949, included in the history file, which, along with other information, gives us a complete ownership record from new. Now UK registered again, on its original number, BYR 246. A project, but a potentially very rewarding one, the starting point being a delightfully unmolested car.