Classics head to territory

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 September, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 September, 1993, 12:00am

MINT-condition classic cars are now available in Hong Kong through a new company set up to meet a growing demand for such vehicles.

A new firm, Aficionado, has started off by importing an olive green 1968 Aston Martin DB6. This hand-built six-cylinder, 3995 cc grand tourer accelerates from 0-100 kilometres per hour in just over six seconds and has a top speed of 236 km/h.

Other Aston Martins followed, including a 1962 DB4 series IV and an Aztec Gold 1978 V8 Volante.

Most of the classics to be imported date from the 1950s to 1970s and include Aston Martin DB series, Jaguar XK120-150s, and Bugattis, according to Aficionado managing director Simon Tyler.

Availability would be strictly limited because sourcing the best cars was a tough task, Mr Tyler said.

''We will not be importing any old classic car,'' he said. ''Hong Kong will only have access to the best and most reliable cars. We refuse to touch anything not in showroom condition.

''A service facility has already been established and all imported cars will have a fully documented history and, wherever feasible, guarantees will be given.'' Aficionado's classic car prices will compare with upmarket new cars. The Aston Martin DB6, for example, costs $780,000.