Essex-based JD Classics sells and restores classic cars, with a special expertise in Jaguars. Founder Derek Hood restored vintage cars as a hobby before starting the business nearly 25 years ago. The company also races its own JD cars and clients’ cars in competitions around the world, including at Silverstone, Monte Carlo, Laguna Seca in California and Le Mans. As buyers are increasingly viewing classic cars as a viable investment, international sales have grown by 77% a year, from £2.1m in 2008 to £6.5m in 2010.
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