Wim Prins: The good prince of Nunspeet
By the tender age of 16, Wim Prins had already been bitten by the bug that is Alfa Romeo, and his passion soon developed into an entrepreneurial ambition. “After I had bought my first Alfa, I opened a workshop on my mother’s farm,” recalls Prins. What began in that backyard steadily became an authorised representative of the company in the Netherlands, and Wim Prins has now been regarded a marque specialist for the past quarter-century.
More than 'just' Alfa Romeos
This is not the only string to Prins’ bow, however: the opening of a modern showroom and website has seen his Dutch outfit steadily expand its business. Furthermore, 2005 saw the formation of ‘PrinsEsclusivo’, a banner under which Prins also offers modern limos and sports cars from the likes of Porsche, Maserati and Aston Martin; it is also one of four official Abarth dealerships in the Netherlands. Two years ago, the ‘PrinsClassic’ was formed as a foray into the lucrative classic car business – and a further expansion of this division is on the horizon.
Car dealer with a heart
Whether modern or classic, Alfa or Aston, Ferrari or Porsche – the team at Wim Prins promises its customers a competent and personal service. “We are a fantastic team,” says Prins, “and we’re just as enthusiastic as any of our clients. It’s very important to establish a basis of trust with each of them individually.” It’s also clear that Prins is a man of commitment and heart – not only evidenced by his impressive business, but also his support of such projects as ‘René Kids Centre’, which helps impoverished children in Namibia.
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