Classic dealers expand to Denver, Newport Beach, Phoenix

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Gateway's showroom near St. Louis is company's headquarters | Gateway Classics photo
Gateway’s showroom near St. Louis is company’s headquarters | Gateway Classics photo

Three well-known classic car dealerships are expanding their footprints, one of them all the way across the ocean.

Gateway Classic Cars, which bills itself as the “world’s largest classic and exotic car sales company,” is opening its 15th location, this one in Englewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

Founded in 1999 in St. Louis and now based just across the Mississippi River in Illinois, Gateway’s new location joins its other sales sites in Atlanta, Louisville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, Milwaukee, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Philadelphia.

Cars already located at Gateway's new Colorado store
Cars already located at Gateway’s new Colorado store

The Denver location includes a 35,000-square-foot facility which will offer an inventory of 225 cars, the company said. The facility also will offer a free monthly event for area collector car enthusiasts.

Streetside Classics, which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is adding a sixth outlet, this one in the Phoenix area in Mesa.

“Events like Barrett-Jackson have put Phoenix on the map for classic car enthusiasts and the companies that serve them,” Steve Larsen, Streetside Classics senior vice president, told the Phoenix Business Journal.

JD Classics' showroom in England | JD Classics photo
JD Classics’ showroom in England | JD Classics photo

Meanwhile, JD Classics, which has seven locations in England, is joining with two American-based British natives to establish Morris & Welford, A JD Classic Company in Newport Beach, California.

Morris is Miles Morris, a third-generation car collector, former head of Christie’s motor car division, and a judge and car-selection committee member for Pebble Beach and other concours.

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Welford is Malcolm Welford, who also grew up watching his father race in England and who also worked at Christie’s and currently serves on the FIVA technical commission’s working group.

“Miles and Malcolm are highly respected professionals in the classic car business,” JD Classics founder Derek Hood said in a news release. “They are passionate about the cars, trusted by their clients and they both believe in delivering the highest level of quality.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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