The Man Behind the Wheel
Thomas Hamann is passionate about cars. Over the past 40 years, he has built an enterprise connecting equally passionate collectors with the vehicles of their dreams. Mr. Hamann has become one of the most recognized and established classic collector car dealers in the world.
Although he specializes in Ferrari, Mr. Hamann is also a well-known dealer and authority in all European race and sports cars of the 50s, 60s and 70s, as well as selected European pre-war sports and luxury automobiles. He is a consultant to many private collectors, automotive museums, and auction companies. Mr. Hamann also manages and assists in managing some of the largest collections in the world. One such collection includes over 250 collector cars worth more than $200 million.
Born and raised in Germany, Mr. Hamann developed his passion for cars in a very early stage. He has been racing cars since the early 80s and still regularly attends races and touring events around the globe.
Mr. Hamann’s business experience began in Germany as the youngest Rolls-Royce salesman in Europe at age 19, while already focusing on Italian, British, and German classic sports and race cars.
In the mid 80s, Mr. Hamann served as General Manager of the Autofarm, during which time he established strong relationships with many American classic car dealers and collectors. He soon moved to the United States, where he ran the previously Florida-based company Autoputer, and took it to a leading market position.
In the late 80s, he co-founded the international classic-car dealership Mille Miglia with a prominent Swedish collector. Mille Miglia owned showrooms in Los Angeles, Munich, Germany, London and Stockholm, Sweden. The company was undoubtedly the leading classic-car dealership worldwide, with Mr. Hamann serving as Managing Director.
After later becoming General Manager of the factory-authorized Ferrari dealership in San Francisco, Mr. Hamann was offered the Rolls-Royce and Bentley franchise based in San Diego. He then joined the Symbolic Motor Car Company, leading the dealership into record-breaking direction as Managing Partner and General Manager.
Mr. Hamann has also been the Director of Select Services at Barrett-Jackson, the world’s greatest car auction. During this time, he sold many multi-million-dollar cars in private sales, which was a novelty in the company’s history. Mr. Hamann also initiated and arranged for the Coys and Barrett-Jackson classic-car auction during the Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
In 2002 Mr. Hamann started with his plans to organize a classic car show in New York City's world famous Central Park. After three years of hard work the New York City Concours d'Elegance (www.nycconcours.com) took place September 30th until October 2nd, 2005. The event was a great success, attended by participants from all across the world with a display of the rarest high quality classic cars. The international media called it "an instant classic & one of the few great events worldwide". Thomas Hamann will continue his work as founder and Chairman of the New York City Concours d'Elegance to assure the high standards of this international bi-annual event in Central Park.
There are very few people in the world who have the experience and history in classic cars that Thomas Hamann possesses. Mr. Hamann puts this valuable asset to work every time he meets with clients looking to buy, sell, or broker a vehicle.
If you have a rare, classic car for sale, Mr. Hamann can quickly locate serious buyers, or offer to purchase the vehicle himself. If you are interested in purchasing an exotic automobile, Mr. Hamann has an incredible inventory to meet your needs.