"As past performance has shown, I can invariably find a worthy home for any great car, be it veteran, vintage or post-vintage thoroughbred."
While still at school he took apart a Baby Austin 7 and managed to put it back together again. At sixteen, not yet having a driving license, he was racing an Austin 7- based Cambridge Special, and in his early twenty’s, he was driving a motley assortment of cars from the ubiquitous Mini to a Ferrari 860 Monza.
Christopher’s passion has always been for the rare, great and exotic cars as purchased prior to World War II by Indian Maharajas, aristocracy and wealthy sportsmen worldwide. Fueled by his racing activity in the JCB series and other events, Chris expanded this interest into sports racing cars of the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s, on behalf of Coy's of Kensington and Dan Marguiles, Christopher pursued these cars worldwide from palaces in Asia, across Europe, to barns and auctions in the United States.
In 1984 Chris purchased the established automotive publishing company Dalton Watson Ltd and edited and published a further thirty definitive books, including the Dalton Watson Buyers guide.
If one were to catalog the top hundred cars in the world – the Grand Prix Mercedes, the great Alfa’s, the exotic Bugattis, and the finest 50’s racing cars – one would find that Christopher has managed to source around one third of them. These cars are now in the great collections such as those of Arturo Keller, Fred Simeone and Chip Conner.
Christopher’s other passion has been charting the investment potential of these cars, surmising that the better cars have appreciated at 15% compound per annum over the last fifty years to the present day.
December 13, 2012
Los Angeles, California