It has been revealed that 1992 Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell has closed his car sales company The Mansell Collection, with the ex-F1 driver’s son having announced the disappointing news via the company’s website.
The legendary driver had been running the company in La Route de St Aubin, St Helier, Jersey, and hit the headlines in 2014 alongside his eldest son Leo when it was announced that they’d be taking a Mitsubishi new car and servicing centre franchise.
Mansell said at the time, as reported by cardealermagazine.co.uk, that: “Our dealership has gone from strength to strength and the time is right to get a franchise on board. We wanted a brand that crossed a lot of boundaries of motoring and with Mitsubishi there’s something for everyone.
“I know from Formula One that you must not leave any stone unturned, so we will make sure the customer gets the care and respect they absolutely deserve. It’s a very exciting time for us.”
As a result of the pandemic and Mitsubishi leaving Europe, though, the company has been left with no choice but to close the car-based section of the company.
“As of immediate effect, The Mansell Collection’s car sales, servicing and parts departments are now closed,” stated Mansell’s youngest son Greg, who is the director of the company.
“This has come about due to Mitsubishi’s departure from Europe and two years spent struggling with Covid-19 and a subsequent loss of sales.
“Unfortunately, losing the brand had a knock-on effect with our second car brand, Hyundai.
“We certainly wish Mitsubishi and Hyundai all the best for the future with their new partner in Jersey, and we thank the car department for all their hard work over the years.”
Despite the sad news, the company were pleased to share that they’d be expanding the motorbike side of the company, with the family set on “improving everything” to do with the motorcycle part of The Mansell Collection.
“We will be expanding on, and improving everything from motorcycle servicing to bringing new brands into The Collection, alongside BMW Motorrad, Triumph Motorcycles, MV Agusta, Moto Morini, Peugeot, Bluroc and Mash,” Greg said.