Arnoud (Arnie) van der Sman is owner/company director as from 1997 .
Before joining the company full time in 1992 , I have been working at a car museum in France and at a restoration company in the USA in the late 80’s and early 90’s .
Nowadays I am visiting approximately 40 shows a year in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England, the Netherlands and Belgium to buy parts.
It all began when my father, Pieter van der Sman bought his first classic car, a Citroen, in 1974 and another in 1977. Over the years he collected a lot of spare parts.
Pieter took a stall at a classic car meeting in 1978 to sell the parts he did not need. He realized that helping other classic car enthusiasts was a pleasure so he bought more parts for re-selling them at car shows.
In 1981 Pieter had for the first time a stall at the prestigious car show Retromobile in Paris and I joined him at the age of only 12 years.
Export to the USA started soon.
Since that moment we have had many stalls at car shows: Beaulieu in the U.K. since 1983,Veterama Mannheim in Germany since 1982, The Techno Classica Essen in Germany since 1989, Pebble beach Retroauto in the USA in 2005 and many more shows.
Pieter retired from the business in 2017 at the age of
84 years old.