The End of the Rainbow: We Visit Crossley & Webb
Gareth Crossley seems restless. He’s sitting behind the wheel of a 2015 Morgan* Roadster, parked right next to a Morgan Plus 4 that’s fifty-nine years older, on the Crossley & Webb showroom floor.
He’s fired it up for us to get a taste of the 3.7 litre Ford Cyclone V6 under the hood, but I get the impression he’d rather be putting it through its paces in the Cape Town sun, than sitting in the shop. That’s because Gareth Crossley is a driver.
Yes, he’s done time at both BMW and Viglietti Motors, and yes, he and his partner Bryan Webb house a collection of vehicles that will make your eyes water. Some of the cars they sell are unattainable to most, and others are pure investments that have never seen asphalt.
But Gareth’s not the least bit jaded. His experience and staggering depth of knowledge should make him haughty; instead he’s remarkably approachable and irrepressibly enthusiastic. As we sift through the building, he fires off facts and anecdotes in almost ADD fashion.
At its core, Crossley & Webb is a showroom—packed with classics, modern classics, sports cars and luxury vehicles. A safe haven for enthusiasts and investors alike.
They’ve occupied their home in Solan Road, Cape Town for just three years—but it only took them the first year to identify a need to expand. On top of the showroom, the building now also houses vehicle storage, detailing facilities, and a café.
The café itself feels like it could easily stand alone—and the clientele varies from enthusiasts to everyday folk popping in for a good coffee.
Then there’s the second building, just down the road. That one’s packing a fully-stocked workshop, paint shop and body shop, staffed by a crew of skilled and passionate individuals (including a couple of Porsche factory-trained techs).
So Crossley & Webb will not only sell you that stunning Riviera Blue Porsche 993 RS on their floor—they’ll also store it, service it, and wash and detail it for you. Plus it’ll have a full technical inspection before it even leaves the shop.
Having all those facilities—and all that skill—under one roof, means that the team can (and do) tackle some pretty mean restorations too. But they won’t just take on any old beater; like everything else here, all projects are carefully considered and curated.
When asked if it was daunting to launch such a niche business, Gareth responds with quiet confidence. “We weren’t doing something just to be busy, or because we had an idea—it was so overwhelming that there was a need,” he says.
“And we live the brand; we’re part of the business. If you’re not really in this world, you might have doubt. But if you’re all in it, one hundred percent consumed by it, you’ve got a level of confidence that carries you through.”
That’s the business on paper—but in reality it feels more like a shrine than a showroom, and our visit takes way longer than expected. We pass by a MacLaren in the wash bay, a Ferrari BB 512i and Testarossa sitting side by side on the floor, and a classic Merc towering over a modern Ford Mustang.
We also walk past a rare Moke prototype into a back room, where Gareth nonchalantly lifts the cover off a white Lamborghini Countach. Italian class, British charm, and a touch of American muscle—it’s all around us.
Our hearts skip a few more beats as we enter the workshop. Jag E-Types stand in a row with their hoods up, while a Lotus Europa hides in the corner with its wheels off.
A 911 sits up on a lift—another’s guts are spilled neatly on a nearby workbench. The technician that gutted it explains, in detail, the process of stripping, blasting and cleaning all the working bits.
Back in the showroom, a boxy 80s Maserati Biturbo’s caught my eye. I tell Gareth it looks like the perfect alpine car chase whip—he quips that I can have it for just over a hundred grand.
“It could be a wave,” he replies. “The investment market is hitting a plateau—the main driver for clients is passion, or investment.”
“I’m more of the purist, the enthusiast, the driver—getting pleasure out of a car no matter how valuable it is. So I feel that now, investment is not the main driver—the pleasure of driving is going to take over. I think people are looking at cars for what they are now—that’s quite interesting.”
As the day winds down, we chat about daily drivers. Gareth’s 05 BMW 330 M Sport convertible is parked outside, but I motion to the shop floor and ask him what he’d take home right then and there.
“Probably that Porsche 997S,” he says. “Manual.”
* Crossley & Webb are an official Morgan dealer.