Doug Palmer and his family have a passion for vintage vehicle memorabilia. Over the years, this has grown from a hobby to a full-time business, Vintage Automobilia, sourcing and restoring genuine vintage items including enamel signs, oil jugs and petrol pumps that go on to be sold to private collectors and museums around the world.
At Revival, Vintage Automobilia caters for everyone from the serious aficionado to the novice investor to those simply looking for a nostalgic or decorative item. “In 2019, we met a lady who fell in love with a 1920s enamel Shell sign,” says Palmer. “It was big, bold and yellow. She just saw it and wanted to put it in the hallway of her London apartment.”
Regardless of who the buyer is, every purchase from Vintage Automobilia is a form of sustainability in action, as an anecdote from Palmer highlights. “We did a garage clearance in Bristol where we were there literally hours before the developers took over the site and basically crushed it,” he recalls. “There were these fantastic old 1920s petrol pumps. They were all going to go into a metal skip to go off to be destroyed. Now they are in collections.”