A LEGACY OF RESPECT AND HERITAGE
A BRIEF HISTORY OF COMMONWEALTH CLASSICS
We are Commonwealth Classics. We are a direct importer of classic cars and trucks from around the globe. We bring those vehicles back home to our dealership here in Virginia.
Importing is tough, and the world of importers is a murky one. For the buyer looking for a pristine classic, or an everyday driver, options abound with respect to where to look and how to get the vehicle back home.
We've been importing classic vehicles from overseas since 2014, and founded Commonwealth Classics LLC in 2017 to build on what we've learned, the relationships we've built, and take the passion for unique and imported classics to the next level. Our focus is bringing legally imported, fully titled, and ready-to-drive classic vehicles to the U.S. market.
To us, classic vehicles are the closest thing we have to time travel. Behind the wheel you’re immediately transported across time and space, no longer held to the rules of today, but those of another time. In a fast and ever-evolving world, we enjoy classic vehicles for what they force us to do: Slow down. Go outside. Explore. Experience. Collaborate. Our focus on imported classics compounds that feeling as each vehicle’s unique history and path to Virginia is as different as those who choose to drive them.
We are a direct importer. The vehicles we source come from our friends on the ground around the world. They're inspected in-person. It's a simple step, but one that helps us separate the wheat from the chaff. The vehicles are shipped directly to our facility in Virginia, where we get them titled, inspected, and ready for sale. Too often we've seen buyers spend months researching, agonizing, and getting excited for the arrival of a vehicle they purchased overseas - only to be crestfallen upon its arrival. Whether the vehicle was misrepresented by the buyer, damaged during transport, seized at customs, or otherwise not immediately fit for service, the experience quickly sours.
Why Commonwealth? Well, the Commonwealth of Virginia is our home. It's where we're from, and where we are. It's our home base, and where all our vehicles are located. While our friends and family are spread across the country and globe, it’s our roots that help us stay grounded. Moreover, through this venture, we're able to do a little good, both locally and globally. More on that to come. For now - Thanks for your interest in Commonwealth Classics.
FOUNDER. BILL DESROSIERS
My name is Bill Desrosiers. I'm the founder of Commonwealth Classics. I'm a Virginia native and passionate car enthusiast, drawn to the sleek, imperfect, rugged, utilitarian, quirky, and agile world of vintage automobiles. Prior to founding Commonwealth Classics, I was a co-founder of Valencia Classic Vehicle Consulting, LLC. I've worked for breweries, hospitality companies, technology firms, logistics operations, and strategy consultancies. I draw on all that experience to pull Commonwealth together.
My goal with Commonwealth Classics is to let folks see the world of classic cars the way I do; to remove the mystique of imported vehicles, and let you pick up your next rare classic right here in Virginia. I have a beautiful and supportive wife without whom none of this would be possible. Together, we have a daughter who makes us smile every day, and one of the laziest dogs on the planet.
Our Facility. Marshall, VA
Our showroom is in downtown Marshall, Virginia, an hour outside Washington D.C. in the Virginia countryside. The facility we call home is the former IGA Foodrite; a grocery store first opened in the 1950’s, situated right on Main St. Renovated in 2016 to modernize and make the facility vehicle-friendly, it provides a fully enclosed, open layout for our vehicles.
Marshall, VA is an hour from Washington D.C. We are currently open Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, and Saturdays from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. We are also available by appointment.
The showroom is located less than an hour from Washington D.C. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Smaller, local airfields are also available nearby, to include Warrenton-Fauquier Airport (25 mi), Manassas Regional Airport (25 mi), and Leesburg Executive Airport (30 mi).
Located an hour west of Washington D.C., Marshall, VA is a well preserved slice of small-town Virginia culture and architecture. Nestled among the wineries and horse stables pocketed across Northern Virginia, Marshall provides an excellent home-base for visitors looking to explore Virginia's farms and wineries, all within an hour of Washington D.C.
Special thanks to Mark Dyer for the use of his 2010 photo of the former IGA Foodrite.