Coys (Specialists in Fine Automobiles, Auctioneers and Valuers)



2015-06-26 10:52:55

Coys is an international auction house and showroom dealership specializing in the sale of vintage and classic cars. They are based in Richmond-Upon-Thames, London, and regularly hold sales in cities around the world including Houston, Monaco, Padova and Essen.

In September 2009 the company held their first sale in the United States. With 200 of the 500 vehicles offered for sale with no reserve, the sale was the largest no-reserve car auction ever held in the U.S.

Along with their dedication to classic and historic automobiles the company also deals in music memorabilia, posters and a number of other areas of collectibles.


The company was founded by Wilfred E. Coy, a Royal Flying Corps engineer and keen motorist, in 1919. Coy teamed up with William Morris – later Viscount Nuffield of the British Motor Corporation – the founder of Morris Cars. Working together, these two men were to design and operate one of Britain's first fleet of road petrol tankers.

In 1919 Wilfred Coy branched out on his own. Opening the country's first ever petrol station, he also set up the retail showroom in Kensington's Queen's Gate Mews.

Wilfred's friendships with Viscount Nuffield and Lord Rootes ensured that Coys of Kensington became London agents for many of the great marques of motoring's early years. Morris, Singer, Rover and MG were all popular with Coy's clients. For a while, Coy was also a representative for the famous German Auto Union company.


The company has several specialist departments, each with its own experts and appraisers. These are:

Motor Cars

  • Coys specialists: Nick Wiles, Guy Newton & Nicholas Wells
  • Coys Europe Specialist: Michael Haag
  • Coys Italia specialist: Gregor Wenner

Collectors and Automobilia

  • Head of department: Guy Newton

Rock Memorabilia

  • Head of department: Julius Thurgood

Vintage Posters

  • Head of department: Adrian Cowdry

Sporting Guns

  • Contact: Patrick Keens

Notable sales

  • In May 2002 Coys sold the burgundy Jaguar Mk II as driven in the television series Inspector Morse for £53,000, a record figure for itstype.
  • In February 2007 the Batmobile from the 1960s Batman television series was sold by Coys for a price of £119,100. At the same sale the Reliant Regal van made famous in ‘Only Fools and Horses’ sold for £44,786.
  • In July 2009 the Lotus Esprit used in the James Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’ was sold for £105,000.
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