My passion for classic and sports cars really started in the early 1980’s, when the culture for vintage American cars was very popular in Finland. The appreciation for European thoroughbreds followed shortly, and so did a general interest in all things historic and well-preserved. My first car was a Volvo 164E with a 3-litre fuel-injected engine, soon followed by a Mk3 Triumph Spitfire 1500. Both turned out to be financial disasters but great learning experiences!
Before starting my own company in 1996 I had already been active in the board of the Finnish Jaguar Drivers’ Club and had a ’73 Series I XJ6 as a daily driver for ten years. My contacts with a specialist Jaguar workshop in Helsinki soon led me to importing parts for classic cars, and helping interested car buyers and sellers find each other. Among these was a Finnish car importer who was just in the process of switching from Ferrari and Maserati to Porsche. I was employed by this small organization which soon grew larger, helped by the wide appeal of excellent products by the German manufacturer. From Sales and Marketing Manager I was promoted to Sales Director after a few years of fast growth at Porsche Finland.
The interest in all automobiles of excellence, whether new or vintage, continued all through the 15 years of selling new Porsches. After a short love affair with a ’62 E-Type I purchased my first Aston Martin, a 1972 V8 Saloon in 2001 and became the representative of the international Aston Martin Owners’ Club in the same year. At the time there were 13 Astons in Finland, of which my ’72 car was the newest and the only one in regular road use.
In 2014 the quantity of Astons in Finland is roughly 40, almost all of which I know well and have been involved with their importing – either as new or used – servicing needs and finding new owners for.
In 2012 a similar work was started with classic Riva boats, keeping a Finnish register of them and acting as an unofficial representative of the Riva Historical Society based in Milan.
My website Klassikot.net was started in 2002 as a portal for car enthusiasts, collecting information about local events, clubs and associations. Very soon I was also sharing my passion for vintage wristwatches on the same site.
With the opening of this site I hope to be able to offer my services to enthusiasts and collectors, whether wishing to find their first classic, complement the collection, or find a new home for a prized possession.
I would be happy to discuss your needs and the right approach to each consignment individually and with total confidence. Unless otherwise mentioned, all the cars advertised are Finnish / EU registered and taxes paid.
Aston Martin Owners’ Club and Aston Martin Heritage Trust (Finland Area Rep)
Aston Martin Club Sweden
Riva Club Sweden / Riva Historical Society
Finnish Jaguar Drivers’ Club
Porsche Club Finland & Porsche Racing Club Finland (life member)
Porsche & Allgaier Tractor Club Finland
Ferrari Club Finland
Mercedes-Benz Club Finland
Rover Friends Finland (includes Land Rover, Range Rover -life member)
Sports Car Club of Helsinki
Finnish Sports Car Drivers’ Association