The story of Historic Classics is entwined with that of Eagle E-Types and the man behind both organisations.
Henry Pearman has been a determined collector for over four decades, driven by a tireless passion to acquire the finest landmark motoring icons. Much of the collection has taken years to collate, selected after a lifetime of focus and dedication. He has gained a world-wide reputation as a leading authority on Jaguar E-Types and 1980’s ‘Le Mans’ Group C racing cars, also becoming the 2008 Historic Group C Race Series champion.
Historic Classics acts as the company through which this ongoing and dynamic collection sometimes offers thoughtfully selected and exceptional classic and competition cars for sale, as his interests expand and new opportunities evolve.
When you deal with Historic Classics you benefit from a lifetime of enthusiasm, knowledge and access to a varying selection of superb classic, exotic and competition cars - each one hand-picked by Henry for the constantly growing collection. We do not offer other cars for sale by consignment.
Born in 1963, Henry grew up in Kent and became fascinated with E-Types from the age of five. At twelve he became the youngest member of the Tunbridge Wells Motor Club and started working on cars from thirteen years old - as well as taking part in competition events with the club.
By fifteen he had saved enough pocket money to buy an abandoned MK1 MG Midget which he got up and running - to the inevitable detriment of his school exams revision. The same year he won the south east final of The Observer / TVR Young Driver of the Year and ended up fifth overall in the national final at Donington in a TVR 3000M.
A three-year full time Diploma in Automotive Engineering followed, combined with work experience at Brands Hatch Race School, working on Formula Fords and Shellsport Sunbeams. Further work experience included time at Sargeant’s of Goudhurst, a Rolls Royce and Bentley specialist, learning 'hands on' all aspects of restoration, mechanical and coachwork from perfectionists.
His first E-Type was a restoration project acquired at eighteen in exchange for a 1071cc Mini Cooper S that he had restored to a very high standard. Henry subsequently headed the car sales and aided setting up a Ferrari specialist but within a week of his twenty-first birthday it was time to step up to fully running a business and Eagle E-Types was born.
Along the way, his passion for extraordinary motor cars has only grown stronger and the collection he has built up over the years is exceptional both in range of depth and quality.