Located in Chelmsford, Essex, Lux Classics specialises in premium classic car sales and restoration of marques such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, Ferrari and Aston Martin. Our showroom and workshop offers easy access from the M25 and is approximately 35 miles from London’s Canary Wharf. The showroom is supported by extensive workshops, staffed by a highly dedicated team of experts, who are well rehearsed in the preservation and care of fine automobiles. At Lux Classics we believe strongly in attention to detail and that many cars are functional works of art – made to be driven. After all, good preparation for ‘driving classics’ is essential for driving passion.
Modern sports cars can be just as rare and desirable, and offer the same investment potential as an equivalent classic vehicle 40 or 50 years their senior. The historic Italian ‘Mille Miglia’ 1000 mile road race for example, can be savoured with an eligible 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, or by contrast, a contemporary 2020 AMG GT C Roadster would be perfect to take on the German Nürburgring – both drives will be enjoyed for very different reasons, but the same appreciation for the ‘sports car’ will be shared with both experiences.
Ultimately, Lux Classics believe it’s all about the passion, the ‘driving passion’ as we like to say. Whether it’s the opportunity to experience the sounds and emotions once again of a bygone era, a wind-in-the-hair thrill on a Sunday afternoon, or simply the pride of owning and investing in a special conversation piece.
This 2020 Bentley Continental GT convertible is a special ‘Number 1 Edition’ by Mulliner, celebrating 100 years of the Bentley marque itself. It’s inspired by the original No. 1 supercharged Bentley Blower, which in 1932 (averaging a staggering 137 mph) set a lap record at the famous Brooklands racetrack. With only 100 examples built, the investment potential of vehicles such as this shouldn’t be underestimated.
“Desirability, rarity and nostalgia are all things to consider when investing in classics for the future. We say a ‘gut feeling’ is an important factor too.”
Founder & Owner
Parry Chana first inherited his love for all things mechanical from his father, an engineer with East Africa Airways, who went on to work for Jack Barclay Rolls-Royce. Ultimately, he set up his own workshop in the United Kingdom, as well as a Mercedes-Benz restoration shop in Los Angeles. Parry spent his youth working with his father on cars and developed an incredible understanding and sympathy for them, especially Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Jaguar.
After training with a firm of chartered accountants in the city of London, Parry utilised his knowledge, hands-on approach, and keen eye for detail to pursue his earnest passion for restoring classic cars, in particular those he was brought up with as a child and had experience working on in the family business.
Parry’s specialist knowledge now resides in Mercedes-Benz W198 300SL Gullwing Coupes and Roadsters, W121 190SLs, ‘Pagoda’ SLs, W107 Coupe and Roadster SLs and all pre-1970 Coupe and Cabriolet. Porsche 356, from Pre-A to Speedsters, early SWB and LWB 911s and classic Ferrari, Aston Martin and Jaguar from the 1950s through to modern day classics.
Parry has served for many years as a Mercedes-Benz Club official and technical advisor, as part of the 190SL registry, and as a concours Judge amongst other Pebble Beach judges at events including the Warren Classics, Brooklands Double-Twelve and many marque specialist club events. He has completed many well-known restorations, many of which, have been concours winning cars. His cars have featured on TV documentaries and in books and magazines.
With over 40 years of personal experience dealing within this market, Parry Chana has built up an enviable worldwide client base and specialism. He does like to be hands-on though – having restored his own Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce – whenever the opportunity arises Parry will take an active role in the metalwork, paintwork, mechanical, trim work and rally preparation aspects of the business.
“At Lux Classics we believe that these cars are a functional work of Art, and do not all need to be museum pieces. As such, preparation for good driving classics is essential for driving passion”