Late Dealer Inducted Into British Sports Car Hall of Fame

Kjell Qvale was an early U.S. seller of English vehicles.

September 19, 2018

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From left, Bruce Qvale, John Nikas of the hall of fame and Kendel Qvale next to an ’18 Jaguar F-Type and a ’64 Jaguar E-Type.
From left, Bruce Qvale, John Nikas of the hall of fame and Kendel Qvale next to an ’18 Jaguar F-Type and a ’64 Jaguar E-Type.

Kjell Qvale, founder of the Qvale Auto Group, was posthumously inducted into the British Sports Car Hall of Fame in Petersburg, VA. 

Son Bruce Qvale, president of the auto group, and daughter Kendel Qvale, vice president, accepted the award on the eve of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an annual event their father co-founded in Monterey, CA.

Beginning in 1947, Kjell Qvale was the first importer/distributor of all British vehicles in Northern California, later expanding that to the entire West Coast. The Norwegian-born son of a sea captain died in 2013.   

Today, Qvale Auto Group owns 14 dealerships across the U.S. Luxury brands include Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Pagani, Porsche and Audi.

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