About Us

A passion for cars, arts & the automobile industry.

HISTORIC CAR ART has been operating from it's rural Derbyshire base since 2004. A business built over time from a passion for art, cars, automotive history and the racing exploits of drivers and manufacturers combined with a great interest in how this has all been depicted over the years in both artwork and promotional advertising.

The founder of the company believes very strongly in bringing high quality products and a first class personal service to its clients. This approach means that Historic Car Art is now a leader in the acquisition and supply of original automotive art and vintage posters, building collections for discerning private and corporate clients worldwide. The company's website has one of the largest inventories in Europe of automotive art, which is held on one site at the Historic Car Art Gallery. The company is regularly represented in London with gallery, pop-up and corporate exhibitions.

Rupert Whyte started collecting automobilia in the early 1990’s following a love of motorsport going back to the late-1970’s. This passion for the sport culminated in a 10 year period of racing cars. A Caterham 7 before progressing to historic machinery such including a 1959 Lotus XI and 1963 Lotus 23B.

A keen interest in the art collecting world soon combined with motoring interests and an ever growing automobilia collection and Historic Car Art was founded in 2004.

Historic Car Art is now the pre-eminent publisher of automotive fine art as well as a respected dealer in original works and vintage posters.

Historic Car Art is a publisher of the highest quality fine art prints by leading automotive artists. Using only the best materials each print is produced in small limited edition runs and is signed and numbered by the artist.

The small dedicated team at Historic Car Art work with a group of Internationally acclaimed artists and design studios including John Ketchell, Roy Putt, Peter Hearsey AFAS, Barry Rowe AFAS, Graham Bosworth, Frederic Dams, Joel Clark, Simon Owen, Julian Thomson, Michael and Graham Turner and many, more. It’s a list of some of the most talented and established professional artists working on the subject. 

A careful curation process of artists means we only bring you the very best artwork available. Many of our artists are available for commissions, a process that we are happy to help guide clients through. So, if you can't find the exact artwork to meet your requirements then please just ask!

Specialists in vintage motoring posters, Historic Car Art has an unparalleled collection of original vintage motor racing posters, one of the largest in the UK. All are guaranteed to be original. We are often asked to find specific pieces and rare examples for our clients.

Historic Car Art has regularly provided editorial for motoring publications over the years and has featured in the FT supplement, Square Mile Magazine, Octane, Classic & Sportscar, Vintage Racecar to name but a few.

Shows and exhibitions outside of the gallery each year often include: London Classic Car Show and Race Retro Stoneleigh (February), Silverstone Classic (July), and an exhibition that we jointly curate for the Royal Automobile Club in London (November) as well as various private and corporate exhibitions.