Over 25 Years Experience

Ignition Classics specialise in the consignment, purchase, and sale of classic and sports cars. Ignition Classics is run and operated by Paul Stephens Ltd, who have been specialising in this sector of the market for over 25 years. We have a dedicated team of enthusiasts who are up to date with current market trends and take pride in their work.


There are many routes you can take when buying your classic and sports car, but it is important to understand if a car isn’t perfect what potential costs may be looming in the future. If you are very brave or knowledgeable, you can take a chance at auction, or have a deal with someone privately, but ultimately you have very little comeback once you have paid for the car and taken it away.

Cars featured on Ignition Classics will be
ready for immediate daily enjoyment, each is supplied with a full inspection report for you to see whilst you can take your time to look over the car 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 purchased and when you take delivery, your car will be supplied with the written report and a three-month driveline warranty for peace of mind.


Looking to sell your classic or sports car?

“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
“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


Most frequently asked questions.

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

+44 (0) 7376 096 693 or call
+44(0)1440 714 884 (Paul Stephens)

Open by appointment only.
Please contact us to arrange a viewing.

Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Paul Stephens, Sudbury Road
Little Maplestead, Halstead
Essex, CO9 2SE