June 24, 2016
Even Porsche would envy Maxted-Page’s treasure trove
In just 15 years, Lee Maxted-Page has established one of the leading historic Porsche specialists not just in the UK, but also the world. Dealing with anything from road-going early 356s to Group C prototypes, and offering race preparation and and full restoration services, the company prides itself on its knowledge and immense passion for all things Porsche.
What is your earliest automotive memory?
Probably of sitting in go-karts aged around two or three, or the rich smell of Castrol R that was so synonymous with motor racing in the 1960s and ’70s. I bought my first Porsche book when I was 15 years old, which lit a deep passion for the marque that still burns brightly today.
How did you turn your passion into a career?
In my mid-twenties, I realised that the most successful salesmen were passionate about the product that they were selling, so I managed to get a job at a Mercedes-Benz dealer in London. I subsequently worked for three different main dealers in both sales and management roles. Over a fifteen-year period, I learnt all about the motor trade.
What prompted the decision to establish your own business?
Ultimately, I became much more interested in historic cars, as opposed to the monotony of new car sales. I felt that my years of experience in the motor trade would help me to establish a credible business of my own and, in 2001, I was able to buy an old farm premises close to Stansted Airport, with 13,400 square-feet of redundant agricultural buildings. Here I was able to start the business from nothing, and gradually develop it into what it is today.
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