Meet The Team

Simon Kidston — Founder

With a family background like his, it's hardly surprising that Simon Kidston has carved an international reputation in classic cars. Simon grew up near Siena, Italy, and studied in Switzerland, but started his career in 1988 in the car auction department at Coys in London, which he found himself running three years later. In 1996 he left to co-found Brooks (now Bonhams) Europe in Geneva and over the next decade was responsible for staging high-profile events such as the annual Les Grandes Marques à Monaco Sale in Monte Carlo, also creating the Ferrari auction in Gstaad and the Pur Sang à Longchamp Sale in Paris. Early in 2006 Simon announced he was branching out on his own to found Kidston SA, still based in Geneva, a consultancy to aspiring and high-level collectors that has since become synonymous with Private Treaty sales of the world's rarest and most beautiful motor cars.

Simon is the nephew of 1920s aviation record-breaker and Bentley Boy, Commander Glen Kidston. His father, Commander Home Kidston, was just as much of a motoring enthusiast as his Le Mans-winning older brother, owning and racing a succession of magnificent cars that included Bentleys, Bugattis and Mercedes-Benz (“long before anyone dreamed of keeping them”, laughs Simon). Simon has succeeded in returning some of them to family ownership.

Simon enjoys historic events at the wheel of his Lamborghini Miura SV and Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and believes cars should be driven. He judges at the famed Pebble Beach and Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d'Elegance, and since 2000 has been 'the voice' of the Villa d'Este concours in Italy. He writes a monthly column for Classic Cars magazine and has presented the 'World's Finest Cars' shows on Smithsonian Networks TV in the USA. His other passions include skiing, good food, bad '80s music and, as he admits with a wry smile, "I'm a bit of a James Bond film buff, actually". His colleagues have a bet on how long it will take him to learn to fly - having tracked down and acquired the unique Gipsy Moth racing biplane his father owned in the 1930s - given the constant excuse that there's always "one more car deal" to conclude first.

Emanuele Collo — Business Manager

Born in Milan, Italy, Emanuele's passion for classic cars was encouraged from a young age by his uncles, both keen historic racers. Emanuele soon found himself attending events in his home town and at the nearby Monza circuit, later supporting the family team in rallies further afield and eventually co-driving.

Concurrently pursuing a Business degree at Italy's famous Bocconi University, Emanuele first contacted Simon Kidston to ask for an internship as part of his studies. Simon's surprising advice was to join him in the business, and in the summer of 2008 Emanuele moved from Milan to Geneva to start his career at Kidston SA as a junior classic car specialist.

He has since learned the business inside out, built up his own client network with particular emphasis on Italian, English and German enthusiasts and collectors, and established a reputation for a professional, close-liaising relationship with clients. He oversees Kidston's price and history database, closely follows client restoration projects, enjoys supervising Kidston's magazine and video shoots and in the little time he has left bravely accompanies Simon as co-driver in frequent adventures. His own pride and joy is a 1973 Porsche 911 with original 'Milano' licence plates, and although he is fascinated by both pre- and post-War cars, he is Kidston’s ‘go-to’ expert on ‘Youngtimers’ (with apologies to the Oxford English Dictionary).

Alexandra Belz — Office Manager

German-born Alexandra has worked all over the globe including Hong Kong, so the fast pace of the classic car world came as no surprise when she replaced long-serving office manager Christa Sutter upon her retirement early in 2015. Alexandra is the main point of contact for new client enquiries, marketing and advertising, event organisation and the Kidston team’s constant travel schedule. Multilingual like all her colleagues, her calm and serene disposition is well-suited to the demands of a business where clients have come to expect precision and attention to detail.

Cristiana Wicht — Accounts and Finance

From the north-east of Italy by birth and Swiss by marriage, Cristiana was recruited by Simon to Bonhams Europe in 2005 with responsibility for the auction firm's European Accounting and followed her colleagues to Kidston SA in 2006. She supervises sales settlements, business accounting and supplier relations.

Francesca Botta — History and Price Database

Francesca joined Kidston SA in 2011 after moving from her native Italy and she brings her enthusiasm to bear in the development of the company's price index and database. This latter contains the history, sales records and photographs of thousands of significant classic cars, in order to chart their whereabouts, condition and value for current and future clients. Francesca also oversees the company's social media presence and is responsible for the lavish history albums that accompany every car we handle.

Brett Theus — Database

Brett, born and bred in Geneva, is a lifelong classic car enthusiast who spends most weekends tinkering with his MGB GT. He joined Kidston in 2011 to help compile our mammoth database, filtering the sales data of auction companies to ensure consistency of style and accuracy of information – 24,000 sales and counting – and also assists in historical research, comparison tables for buyers who have given us search mandates and the organisation of our motoring archive and library. Some say that his Aston Martin DBS-owning father named him after a certain Aston Martin-driving, British TV playboy...