Dealer Profile: Graeme Hunt
It’s amazing what you can find in the smart showroom just a 5-minute walk from Kensington High Street: classic cars, naturally, but also watches and works of motoring art. Whether it’s a Bentley, a framed original drawing or a quality timepiece – Graeme Hunt is your man.
Paying a visit to Hunt’s mews garage the other day, I was able to observe at first hand the hurly-burly of life at the top level of the motor trade. A B6-level armoured Rolls-Royce, with impossibly thick bulletproof glass windows, was sitting in the back of the premises, while at the front a cute Fiat 500 shared floor space with an Aston Martin V8 Volante, a classic Range Rover and a V12 Ferrari. A customer arrives, trading in a 1960s Porsche 911 for something a little more modern. Afterwards, the ever-affable Hunt guides me round the immaculate, white-painted showroom.
“The pictures go well on the walls, don’t they?” he remarked. “With a revamped and redecorated garage it seemed such a good idea to make use of the ample wall-space and high ceilings.” Works on show included an original by Bryan de Grineau (Obstructionist, in pen and Indian ink) and Gran Premio San Remo, a poster by De Carli from 1951. “We’ve got the room to step back to admire them, and they complement the cars we sell.”
Indeed, as do the watches from EmaS and Anonimo and the latest line in exquisite Italian marquetry jewellery boxes, watch winders and backgammon sets. There’s a new range of Italian leather bags, too.
The cars are, naturally enough, Hunt’s core business. As a former managing director of Jack Barclay Rolls-Royce and Bentley, you’d expect the two iconic British brands to feature in the Graeme Hunt stock list. There are several of each for sale.
However, other great marques such as Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin are listed too, and the best way I can describe the stock is that if, as a well-to-do playboy with a pad in Chelsea in the 70s, you’d have fancied running one, Graeme Hunt will supply it. So that includes classic Range Rovers (“...just got one - perfect for running over to Val d'Isère as well as picking up the kids from school, you know...”) and something straight off the set of The Persuaders – the Ferrari Dino 246.
In addition to car sales throughout the world, his company has also carried out several body-off restorations and successfully entered cars at the Louis Vuitton Concours and Pebble Beach.
So, if you feel like treating yourself to a new set of wheels, an acrylic divers' watch by EmaS or something to brighten up a study, or well-kept garage wall, jump in the GTi, buzz down Ken' High Street and check out Graeme Hunt’s latest stock.
Alternatively, look at www.graemehunt.com – but you won’t have quite so much fun.
Please click HERE to see all Graeme Hunt's cars for sale in the Classic Driver car database.
18-23 Radley Mews
London W8 6JP
Tel: +44 20 7937 8487
Email: [email protected]
Text - Steve Wakefield
Photos - Classic Driver / Graeme Hunt
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