Fine Classic & Racing Cars since 1978

KW

KW (Klassische Automobile GmbH & Co. KG) was established by Klaus Werner more than 40 years ago in Wuppertal, Germany. At this time the company was one of the first in Europe specialising in the sales of fine historic automobiles.

A t the beginning most of the cars being handled were interesting road going sportscars like a Jaguar E-Type, Shelby Cobra or Mercedes 300 SL.

Over the years, the focus was extended with the sales of rare racing cars with important international race history from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Although we always preferred to keep the cars in their original state, some of them needed to be fully restored to original specification. Especially in the beginning of developing our business in the early 1980s, we owned several pre-war cars, that had not been used for some decades.

With those projects we were able to establish a good relation to several of the best restoration workshops in the business and contribute to the preservation of automobile cultural assets by bringing those cars back to life.

Over the course of the last 40 years the important automobile history of the 20th century became part of our passion and our DNA.

Most of the cars that we handled over the years were built by the great and successful Italian manufacturers Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati – but we also were part time caretakers of other important cars like an Aston Martin DBR1, BMW V12 LM, Bugatti Type 57G, McLaren F1 GTR or Porsche 917. Amongst the cars sold are many Grand Prix, Le Mans and World Sportscar Championship winning chassis. Through the handling of this large spectrum, we were able to build up an extensive photographic and documentary archive and a vast knowledge.

Besides the sales business we have always focused on participating in historic race or concours events with our own original cars and by this, showing them in their natural environment to the passionate audience. In the 1980s and 1990s we have organised the Pre-War Sportscar Race at the Nurburging Oldtimer Grand Prix and still today compete in important events like the Le Mans Classic, Monaco Grand Prix Historique or Goodwood Revival.

Since 2015 Moritz Werner, one of Klaus Werner’s two sons, manages the business to continue the legacy and develop new projects for an interesting future.

About Moritz Werner

Moritz was always surrounded by all the great cars from a very young age. Already in the early years KW was very close to the family home and therefore he was able to join his father in visiting the company’s garages almost on a daily basis.

Through this, Moritz developed an early interest for automotive technology and hence studying industrial engineering and management in Aachen was a logical step for him. After graduating from university with a “Diplom” he started working for a big German car manufacturer in Munich for several years.

In his last assignment he was responsible for the cost management of innovative bodywork concepts, when he finally decided to take over the family business and use his corporate knowledge to further develop the commitment of the company to only maintain and sell the best historic and racing cars in the business.

Preferably Moritz likes to participate at historic racing events as a team with his brother Max, lastly at the Goodwood Revival in an Autodelta Alfa GTA and a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione.

Moritz is fluent in German, English and French.