I found Appreciating classics while searching for my new toy.

I travelled quite a distance to see it and it was so worth a visit.
Appreciating classics is a museum of dream cars.

I was so impressed with the staff and car I drove it home that day.
Thank you for making my day so enjoyable and hassle free. I would definitely recommend!
Trevor Griffin - February 2024
Purchased Subaru BRZ
Walking in to the Appreciating Classics showroom is like a toy shop but for grown ups! You want to buy everything you see!!!

But better than anything else, it makes you feel like you‘ve gone back in time because cars which are even 20 + years old are presented to such a high standard that describing them as new or nearly new is no way at all exaggerated.
You really need to go and see for yourselves!

I now understand why so many of Richard’s customers buy cars unseen.

I am really happy I have made a great friend and I am definitely looking forward to doing more business with Appreciating Classics.

Definitely without a doubt one of the very best in the business!!!

All the best guys!
Suroop Dhaliwal - 2022
Various Purchases & Sales
I bought a 32k mile Impreza P1 from Richard at Appreciating Classics, the car was just as it rolled off the production line!
Living so far from AC, now that I’ve seen first hand how they operate, I wouldn’t hesitate purchasing from them again without even travelling to see the car, they are THAT good.
Thanks Richard.
Andy Hayton - 2022
Purchased Subaru Impreza P1
I recently purchased the Acid Yellow Clio V6 from Appreciating Classics, without even going to view it.

The reason I did this was because I’ve been friends with Richard on Facebook for quite some time now, and follow his page, so I know full well that his attention to detail is second to none!!
Richard delivered the car to me yesterday, and it completely blew me away!
It was everything I expected, and a whole lot more... I honestly couldn’t have asked for more from him, even down to the USB stick on the keys, with a catalogue of pictures of the car!

The V6 sits so well in my collection, and I wouldn’t hesitate buying another car from him.
Richard has set the bar so high with his car sales, and communication, that I’d be extremely surprised if anybody could ever come close to matching him!
Tom Kirby - May 2021
Purchased Renault Clio V6
It's not everyday I am left overwhelmed and speechless, but the professional service I got from Richard and Carly at Appreciating Classics was second to none.

My Mitsubishi Evolution V was as described and more, right down to having all the history filed away in folders and even had an extra surprise in the boot with a very nice top of the range car cover to compliment the deal.
What can one say as in these very uncertain times you can still give 110%. If I ever need to buy or sell another car I know where I will be going, they may be over four hours away from me but it will be worth every mile of it.!
Thank you for everything Rich.
Richard - January 2021
Purchased Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V GSR
It was such a beautiful car I went and bought it.... The service from this company is second to non - very honest people & i would highly recommend to anyone!
Barrie - June 2020
Purchased Porsche 944
I recently bought a car from ACL, a CS400.

My mum also bought a car too, a GP2 Mini , both cars was as described .

Richard, at ACL was very helpful and easy to talk to, also helpful and honest.
I did not see the cars until they turned up by transport , Paul who delivered the cars was a nice chap also and was caring how they came off the trailer to avoid any scuffs.

I am happy with the CS400 how it looks and condition and supporting paperwork that goes with the cars history , just a shame I have not driven it yet but I don't think I will be disappointed . As for the mini, well that really is a cracker, I have only been in it as passenger for a couple of miles and it is spot on, paint protection done now and it is now looking better than new.

I would definitely recommend ACL to anybody who is looking for their next pride n joy for quality and hassle free buying
Stephen F - May 2020
Purchased Subaru Impreza CS400
Rich at Appreciating Classics recently sold my Subaru CS400 for me.
From the initial appraisal, fantastic photography, transparent communications to the sale and payment, all aspects of the service provided were simply first class!

Simon - May 2020
Subaru Impreza CS400 Cosworth
I recently bought a 2000 mile UG FRS from Richard at Appreciating Classics wihtout viewing the car, so the purchase was solely based on Richard's description of the vehicles condition & for those that know me / my cars through the 'car scene' will know i am a fussy customer (an anorak according to the wife).

I am pleased to say the car is absolutely mint, everything was as described by Richard, in fact better and of course this is the most important thing. But when buying anything it does go deeper - ie: service from my initial enquiry through to delivery and meeting Richard yesterday, the service i have received has been first class. Arranging a full service, detailing of the car, and a few other bits i wanted, were all done without question, if you are looking for a classic, modern classic, motorbike, or whatever, i would not hesitate to recommend Appreciating Classics, check their website as they have some great vehicles popping up all the time.
Thank you Appreciating Classics.
Chris - February 2020
Purchased Mk2 Focus RS
I recently bought a delivery mileage Mk2 Focus RS from Appreciating Classics, i bought the car without seeing it, when it arrived i was delighted to discover it was actually better than Rich had described.
His communication from the outset was perfect and every question was answered accurately and honestly.
I look forward to buying another classic from Appreciating Classics.
Scott - January 2020
Purchased Mk2 Focus RS
Hi Rich,
I have just tried calling but you must still be on the long trip home.

I have just opened up the photo's on the keyring which you included, and wanted to say they are absolutely spot on. The car is great and i am massively pleased with it.

Top Job!

Thank you for everything.

Matthew - December 2019
Purchased Golf GTi Anniversary
It is not often i am left speechless, but today i have been overwhelmed by a surprise i have been given by Richard at Appreciating Classics.

A model replica of my Escort Cosworth.

Today he went out of his way to hand deliver me a present. All i can say is a massive thank you! We spend £100,000's each year with companies and get absolutely nothing back, this man shows his absolute passion for cars and his customers by doing what he has done today. That is what makes life long friends and builds lifelong business relationships.
Thank you Rich, it is stunning!
Dieter - December 2019
Various Purchases/Sales/Restorations
I recently purchased a low mileage Audi C5 RS6, I placed a deposit without viewing the car based on numerous email exchanges and a telephone call with Rich. He was able to give a detailed description along with identifying any marks or blemishes on the car (which were very few, given the age and mileage of the car)

We agreed price and service preparation for the car, along with some minor paint correction on one panel.
The entire purchase process was honest, straightforward and painless.

The end result was a very happy customer with a brilliant example of a rare car in such condition and mileage.

They mightn’t be the cheapest dealer around, but with all things in life, you get what you pay for.
I would highly recommend Appreciating Classics if you are looking for good quality examples of rare performance cars, or something unusual.

Cheers Rich, really nice to deal with you!
Ian - September 2019
Purchased Audi RS6
I recently purchased a Mondeo ST24 from Richard at ‘Appreciating Classics Limited’ the car I know not everybody’s cup of tea but I love them. The condition of the car is outstanding and as described in the advert. Initially I asked Richard to store the car for me until the fine weather and he gladly obliged in the superb storage facility alongside some real gems . I collected the car and got it home only to find one of the rear doors would not lock via the central locking I made a call and the car was collected, repaired and returned within the next couple of days. I could not recommend ‘ACL’ and Richard highly enough, I wouldn’t hesitate in purchasing another car from them when the piggy bank is replenished many thanks to Richard oh and thanks for the 1 hour long walk around looking at the fine stock, absolute heaven
Anthony - August 2019
Purchased Mondeo ST24
I came across Appreciating Classics on the internet and spotted their low mileage Focus MK2 RS. As a massive RS Cosworth fan as a child, it has been a dream to own one. The seven hour round trip to their showroom was well worth it. Rich made it easy, picking me up from and dropping me off at the station, the car was immaculate as described in the advert, and nothing was too much trouble.
I had a few hours to admire the rest of the showroom stock and discuss the cars with Rich, who is clearly a fellow car enthusiast. I found the purchase process straightforward, as was the transportation arrangements. Needless to say I am pleased with the purchase, and hope to use Appreciating Classics again in the future. They certainly have great quality, unique stock, with a quality service to match.
Jonathan Gallie - January 2019
Purchased Mk2 Focus RS
Richard at Appreciating Classics -
Paramount to the acquisition of my Mk2 Ford Escort Harrier, my dream car as a kid!
Thank you!
Jules De Martino - September 2018
Purchased Escort Harrier
Recently purchased an R8 V10 from ACL whcih was unseen until the day of collection - sensible price, car as described and the service was smooth.
When a tiny little niggle surfaced a few weeks after purchase ACL managed to get it sorted with no fuss.
Would buy from them again and will keep an eye on their stock as they seem to get some interesting cars through the doors!
Marco - August 2018
Purchased Audi R8 V10
Outstanding customer service, makes you feel comfortable and totally honest - if it's in the description it's with the car as stated!
Also in the name of the company couldn't be happier thank you!
Stuart - November 2017
Purchased Nissan R34 GTR V Spec II
Very happy with our little Abarth i bought my Wife. In fact, i often pinch it to take to work, which may not be that surprising, but my own car is a 2011 Nissan GTR! Richard was incredibly easy to deal with. I own a motorcycle dealer and its great to deal with sellers with the same enthusiasm as we have. Keep it up and maybe we will do more business in the future.
Darren Gorton - October 2017
Purchased Abarth 500
When I decided to buy a modern classic I had one car in mind and was advised to buy the very best example that I could. I made a conscious decision to use a Company rather than buy privately and Appreciating Classics were exactly the right choice for me. Not being an expert in any way I felt completely comfortable dealing with Rich and the whole process was very straight forward with every question answered very efficiently. I would not hesitate in recommending this Company, The attention to detail, knowledge and passion for their cars is very impressive.
Emma Poulter - May 2017
Purchased Subaru Impreza P1
Called in last week & I was very impressed at their very high standards
Mike Brooks - May 2017
Great selection of cars, like no others I have ever seen. Never fails to impress with anything Richard does, his level of attention to detail is astounding as well as his customer service. Absolute pleasure to be around and you will not be dissapointed by any car from ACL.
Chris - March 2017
Regular Visitor / Friend of ACL
Superb collection, very friendly and nothing is too much effort! Will go above and beyond for their customers!
Dan - March 2017
Storage Customer
I highly recommend Appreciating Classics Limited, I regularly photograph their sales cars and I have to say their stock is always immaculate, well looked after and in incredible condition. If I was in the market for a modern classic I would head straight to them!
Matt Woods - March 2017
Photgrapher of ACL Stock
Bought my old Pulsar GTI-R through these guys, incredible example, attention to detail is beyond belief. Each and every aspect of the car was scrutinized to ensure I'd be happy with it. You really do get what you pay for. Thoroughly impressed and will use again in the future.
Chris - February 2017
Purchased Pulsar GTi-R
Rich – Just a quick note to say the car looks great and thanks for the great communication during the entire process.
Simon - April 2016
Purchased Capri 280
Eleven cars to date bought from Appreciating Classics, always great service, advice and honesty. All bought unseen, and always perfectly described! So so fussy and always finding the very best, very special cars! Looking forward to many more deals – Thanks Rich!
Nigel Hicklin - March 2016
Car Collector – 11 cars bought from ACL
Bought my R5 GGT from ACL. Great team who will do anything for you. Spent many an evening losing track of time chatting about cars.
Some amazing machines of the best quality and loaded with history, they sell the cars with as much passion as you're buying.
Stuart - January 2016
Purchased Renault 5 GT Turbo
These guy’s know what it’s all about when it comes to Beautiful Classics! Rich recently bought a car from me, I found him to be a true gent and he made the whole transaction a true pleasure. I would have no hesitation in either buying or selling from him again – he is one of the very best! Customer satisfaction to the highest degree!
Janet Edwardson - October 2015
Sold Focus RS500 to ACL
I just wanted to let you guys know that I am absolutely thrilled with my latest purchase from Appreciating Classics. Since buying my 1985 Toyota Celica Supra from yourselves last year, I have been thinking about buying a future classic that can sit alongside it. I had been racking my brains as to what to buy, and have been keeping an eye on yours and other websites to see what may arise, that would take my fancy. Eventually I stumbled across the Subaru Impreza WRX on your website which looked lovely and once I had viewed and test drove the car, I was astounded at the condition of the vehicle, it was truly amazing and I was left with no other option but to buy the car, due to the pure grin factor. I don’t know where you keep finding these gems but please keep up the good work and you will make a lot of fellow car enthusiasts very happy.
Gordon Maclean - August 2014
Purchased Subaru WRX
I felt that I must write and thank you both for all your help over the last few months. It was a pleasure dealing with you when you purchased my low mileage MG Metro Turbo. How refreshing to deal with people who shared my passion for the car and were not motivated by profit only. I trust that we were both very happy with the final outcome.

When I decided to sell my low mileage Subaru, my first port of call was to contact you. I arranged to bring the car for you to view and I agreed to leave the car with you. Within a couple of weeks a suitable purchaser was found and you put us together to conduct a private sale.

Your business is like the cars you source and sell, Top quality & First class! I will continue to keep your web page open on my laptop just in case. I would like to finish by saying that if you are considering buying a classic car, Appreciating Classics should be your first port of call.
Hugh Lamont - April 2014 / August 2014
Sold MG Metro Turbo to ACL / Commission sale, Subaru WRX
I made contact with Appreciating Classics, upon seeing their advert for a low mileage Capri 280 for sale, and I arranged to visit them. Given that I was coming from London, I wanted to spend some time discussing the car with them before making the trip. When I arrived, the car was as described to a tee, which was encouraging.

The car had some very minor details that needed attending to, after having a full RAC check. I was pleased with Appreciating Classics genuine desire to have the mechanical work done, and at a highly competitive rate, and completed on time for the delivery of the car.

Richard was a pleasure to deal with. This is a relatively new business in a very crowded market place, where competition is rife. Appreciating Classics have very high quality vehicles, and deal with customers in a courteous and professional manner, this makes them stand out from the rest.
Michael Kaye - May 2014
Purchased Capri 280
I found Appreciating Classics after a bit of a trawl of the internet. I was so impressed by the detail of pictures and quality of description that I bought my Capri 280 without even seeing it. Although, Mike Brewer (wheeler dealers) would say not to do this, I had a chat with Richard and Steve and they put my mind at rest regarding buying a 26 year old car, they had so much knowledge and car history, and I certainly didn’t feel under any pressure to buy.

When the car was delivered I was truly amazed, the condition was even better in real life than the 30+ pictures on the web site. This is where the problem began, I realised I simply didn’t have the heart to use the car as a 200 mile a week commute vehicle, it was simply too good! I spoke to Richard after 3 months of ownership and explained my thoughts, he totally understood and arranged for collection of the car, (at Appreciating Classic’s cost). Richard then sold the car again on my behalf and hopefully its gone to a good home where someone wants to take it for a blast on sunny Sunday mornings... I can only say it was a pleasure doing business with the boys and would gladly do business with them again.
Neil Edwards - December 2013 / May 2014
Purchased Capri 280 / Commission sale, Capri 280
May I extend my sincere thanks to Steve and the team at Appreciating Classics for a completely refreshing purchase experience. I purchased an immaculate 1986 Ford Capri MK3 1.6 Laser from Steve and the vehicle was exactly as described.

At no extra cost to me, pre sale, they had the car serviced, MOT’d, taxed, and the cambelt replaced – things that 99% of companies leave for the next owner to carry out at their expense – refreshing to say the least and it meant I could drive the 410 mile journey home with complete confidence – the car never missed a beat.

Throughout the whole process Steve kept me informed with pictures, videos, and emails. Steve collected me from the train station (some 15 miles from his business) and was eager to hear I had made it home safely, sending a text to make sure. It is clear to see why the business is a success. The teams genuine enthusiasm and passion for classic cars shines through – I would not hesitate to recommend Appreciating Classics, and certainly would not think twice about making a future purchase. Thank You.
Russell A Macfarlane - January 2014
Purchased MK3 Capri 1.6 Laser
I would like to wish Steve and Richard (Appreciating Classics) the best of luck in their new venture. Purchasing a classic car can be a risky business at best, especially if you are not in a position to inspect them in person and the car is to go abroad, as in my case . The large amount of information and excellent photographs that they made available to me, plus talking with them both on the phone convinced me that they are serious about selling only quality cars and building an excellent reputation. I have no hesitation in recommending them unreservedly, as the VW Scirocco GL that I have purchased from them, is an excellent example of the selective classic cars that they choose to sell. Another satisfied customer.
Ian Brown - December 2013
Purchased VW Scirocco GL
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say how happy I am with my recent purchase of my new 1985 Toyota Celica Supra 2.8i, from the moment I met you Guys. I knew I had met two like minded Petrol heads, although I must just say, I thought I knew my Cars but you two are on another level and as you know I could of left with about four of the Cars that you had for sale, if finances would of allowed it.

The selection and condition of the 80’s era Cars were second to none. I knew it would be hard to find a Celica Supra in the condition I wanted as these are becoming very hard to find but to get one in immaculate condition was absolutely fantastic, with the added bonus of not having far to travel to view the Car. Please feel free to use me as reference but I would have to warn any potential visitors to your showroom, ‘beware you will want to buy more then one’!
Gordon Maclean - December 2013
Purchased Toyota Celica Supra
I bought the most beautiful shiny red Golf GTI Sportline, my partner Jason’s absolute dream come true and it did not disappoint! Richard was marvellous, friendly and very professional to deal with.

The Golf was immaculate, with every bit of documentation you could ever want or need. Jason loved the car from the moment he saw it and through Richard it was an easy purchase (two petrol heads together)! If you want a classic car from someone you can trust then look no further than “Appreciating Classics”.
Caroline - June 2013
Purchased VW Golf GTi SportLine