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Intro.

Ignition Classics is brought to you by Paul Stephens Ltd. Paul Stephens started a business 25 years ago specialising in the consignment, purchase, and sale of classic and sports cars.

The company soon evolved to focus on Porsche and the development of PS Autoart, a collection of bespoke high-end products based on Paul’s passion, vision and experience with this iconic marque.

While the Paul Stephens brand continues to pursue the dream for perfection, Ignition Classics takes things back to the original roots of the business by keeping to its true core values while focusing on the market and the enthusiast.

We believe the market is changing in the way that people view and buy their classic and sports car. We still take pride in our traditional values of honesty and transparency when dealing with either buyers or consignees.

Our dedicated team of enthusiasts are up to date with current market trends, including the digital world that we live in today.

Meet the team:

Paul Stephens

Paul Stephens

Director

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

Sales Manager

Carla Godfrey

Carla Godfrey

Sales Assistant

Johnny Elia

Johnny Elia

Marketing / Creative

“The car has arrived at my home in California. First, above and beyond anything else, I want to say the car is absolutely brilliant and utterly enthralling. The paint fixes you did on that rear quarter panel is just fantastic. I can very well see the loving care taken by yourself and your team to prep the car for delivery, to really dial it in. You could not have a happier customer than me.”
Frank Darabont
Porsche 911 2.7
"I was a first time Porsche buyer and was supported by Tom and Paul in the purchase. The culture of the business is welcoming, open and honest. On top of which they are absolute enthusiasts and specialists in their field. It was a pleasure to buy from Paul Stephens and I will have my car maintained there."
Mr Brinkmann
Porsche 993 C2S

Buying

There are many routes you can take when buying your classic and sports car. It is crucial to understand if a car isn’t perfect, what are the potential costs that may be looming in the future. If your brave and take a chance at an auction or deal with someone privately, you ultimately have very little come back once you have brought the car.

Cars featured on Ignition Classics are supplied with a full inspection report. You can view and take your time to look over the vehicle in a stress-free environment, as well as taking a test drive before you buy. Unlike an auction, there are no costly commission fees on top once you have taken delivery. Supplied with your car will be a written report and a minimum three-month driveline warranty for peace of mind.

Ratings

This is the Ignition Classics rating system. Depending on what you are looking for from a car, this rating system will help you determine the quality of the car and give you an indication of why the price point of that vehicle is higher or lower than other you’ve might have come across.
5/5

Rare, Concours or Collectable

No car is 100% perfect, but when it’s five stars it – it’s really special and there’s not many of them around, so once they’re gone, they are gone!

4/5

mint condition

A car that is in excellent condition but might not have matching numbers or be totally original.

3/5

Great Car

A great car that makes all the right noises and turns heads wherever it goes.

2/5

Ready to be enjoyed

Cars for the enthusiast whatever the budget, taste and that are ready to go to be enjoyed.

1/5

The perfect project

You have to start somewhere and if you looking for a project, these cars are perfect for it.

“The professional advice and service I received were excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone looking to buy a Porsche. It’s never easy parting with large sums of cash to chase a dream, but with your guidance, I was reassured that I was making the right decision. Three weeks and a thousand miles on, the car is performing perfectly."
Chris Poole
Porsche 993
"I was thrilled when my Paul Stephens 911 was delivered. I hadn’t seen or driven the car, so had placed a lot of faith in the firm’s reputation. The car was immaculate when it arrived, and for a 40 year old car the driving experience is fantastic. It really goes! I am a convert..."
Ben Marnham
Porsche 911 S

Selling

There’s a point in the road when you are looking to sell your pride and joy. The question is, what is the best price or is it the right time to sell? These are the questions we’ve been answering for over 25 years. With the ever-changing market, we are confident to be able to achieve the best possible result for your car.

Selling your car with Ignition Classics couldn’t be any easier. Everything from insurance, storage, test drives to final delivery and payment is taken care of for you. Here at Ignition Classics, we pride ourselves with our honesty and provide a transparent relationship with our customers to ensure the best possible service.

Unlike many other services, we offer competitive rates compared to the online and traditional auction platforms with the added benefit of our extensive knowledge of the market, relaxed environment and transparency and honesty we provide. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact our team.

"Dealing with Paul Stephens Porsche was problem-free from first contact to taking delivery of the car, which was absolutely as described and accompanied by a monumental history file. I now have a very, very special car in my garage, and I would recommend Paul Stephens to anyone with a passion for historic Porsches."
Mark Griffiths
Porsche 911 2.7 RS
"For a business to stand above its peers, it’s all about post sale care and to this regard Paul Stephens excels. I noticed one or two concerns with my car shortly after taking delivery, but Paul and Tom couldn’t more helpful in discussing my options and resolving these issues. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another car from Paul Stephens – a genuine company run by fellow car enthusiasts."
Matthew McCarthy
Porsche 996 GT3 Clubsport

F&Qs

We are based in the Paul Stephens HQ in Little Maplestead Halstead, Essex. For detailed directions to our showroom, visit our contact page.

We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am – 5 pm. We are open on weekends by request. All viewings are by appointment only, so please contact us before you visit.

Financing is offered to all qualified buyers. Competitive rates and terms available. Contact us for more information.

For domestic transport, we charge £1 per mile in our enclosed trailer. For international shipping rate quotes, please contact us.

Although our focus is on selling vehicles through consignment, we do occasionally purchase vehicles. Contact sales@ignition-classics.com with pictures and a description of your car for consideration.

Although our focus is on selling vehicles through consignment, we do occasionally trade for other classics when it makes sense. Keep in mind that we are a dealership, so part-exes are typically valued at a wholesale price. Contact sales@ignition-classics.com with pictures and a description of your vehicle for consideration.

Yes, we have a dedicated team of technicians and a workshop where we can carry out any work you require to your car, please contact us for more information.

Every car that leaves the Ignition Classics showroom comes with a minimum 3 months driveline warranty.