Profile: KW – Fine Classic & Racing Cars
- July 4, 2020
- Posted by Marc Enger
KW (Klassische Automobile GmbH & Co. KG) was established by Klaus Werner more than 40 years ago in Wuppertal, Germany. At this time the company was one of the first in Europe specialising in the sales of fine historic automobiles.
At the beginning most of the cars being handled were interesting road going sportscars like a Jaguar E-Type, Shelby Cobra or Mercedes 300 SL.
Over the years, the focus was extended with the sales of rare racing cars with important international race history from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Although we always preferred to keep the cars in their original state, some of them needed to be fully restored to original specification. Especially in the beginning of developing our business in the early 1980s, we owned several pre-war cars, that had not been used for some decades.
With those projects we were able to establish a good relation to several of the best restoration workshops in the business and contribute to the preservation of automobile cultural assets by bringing those cars back to life.
Most of the cars that we handled over the years were built by the great and successful Italian manufacturers Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati – but we also were part time caretakers of other important cars like an Aston Martin DBR1, BMW V12 LM, Bugatti Type 57G, McLaren F1 GTR or Porsche 917. Amongst the cars sold are many Grand Prix, Le Mans and World Sportscar Championship winning chassis. Through the handling of this large spectrum, we were able to build up an extensive photographic and documentary archive and a vast knowledge.
Besides the sales business we have always focused on participating in historic race or concours events with our own original cars and by this, showing them in their natural environment to the passionate audience. In the 1980s and 1990s we have organised the Pre-War Sportscar Race at the Nurburging Oldtimer Grand Prix and still today compete in important events like the Le Mans Classic, Monaco Grand Prix Historique or Goodwood Revival.
Over the course of the last 40 years the important automobile history of the 20th century became part of our passion and our DNA.
Since 2015 the sons of Klaus, Maximilian and Moritz manage the business together with their father, continue the legacy and develop new projects for an interesting future.
Cars for Sale
Request Access: firstname.lastname@example.org – The main business operation is located in Wuppertal – about 30 minutes from two international airports. KW is also represented in Dusseldorf and Munich. Please get into contact if you are interested in one of the cars.
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso – #5217GT
Chassis number 5217GT is a beautiful and well-preserved Ferrari 250 GT Lusso in long-term ownership in Germany. The early history of the Lusso from 1976 onwards is fully known. It has presumably been delivered to the US when new and has stayed in the United States until 2003, when it was sold to the previous owner Karl-Gustav Diederichs in Germany by Uwe Meissner of Modena Motorsport.
- Comprehensively restored by a Ferrari restoration workshop in Germany in 2005
- Matching numbers engine
- Delivered new to the US – since early 2000s in Europe
- One of approximately 17 Lussos originally delivered in black
- Today presented in 1960s rosso Pininfarina with black leather interior
Mr. Diederichs commissioned Modena Motorsport in Langenfeld, Germany to undertake a comprehensive restoration for the total costs of 110.000 € in 2005. Mr. Diederichs also decided to change the original black paint to a 1960s rosso Pininfarina. The interior had already been changed from red to black in the US. Modena Motorsport carefully restored all worn out parts, such as the dashboard cover, the door panels, the headliner, the mid-tunnel trim, the floor carpeting and the boot lining. After the restoration Mr. Diederichs kept the Lusso for another five years, until he sold the Ferrari to the current German owner.
Although the restoration is already 15 years old, the car still presents itself in a very well-preserved state. The Lusso has been carefully looked after by the current owner and it runs and drives incredibly well. Find out more here.
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