Having a regular 8:30-5:30 job (9-5 disappeared a long time ago!) means I’m accustomed to getting up early in the morning. Not that I like to, it’s just an evil necessity for making a living. But when it comes to weekends, I can’t wait to jump out of bed and start the day.
Thankfully Kollector Cars and Coffee in the Sydney suburb of Leichhardt is open at 7am on both Saturday and Sunday. A cafe/classic car dealer/barber shop started in 2017 by classic car collector Robert and his son in law Neil, it’s a destination where talking cars is not met with rolling eyes, and despite the cool bicycles now hanging on the walls, unlikely to attract pelotons of cyclists.
The Sunday morning I decided to visit the weather was gloomy but with the rain holding off long enough to take some photos. Arriving just after 7am it appeared I was the first to arrive with Neil guiding my parking efforts and greeting me as I hopped out of the car. Immediately we started a conversation about the 1M and other cars which I had been considering at the time of purchase. It was great to hear Neil’s appreciation of all brands, not just European, and to see his own BMW E30 318iS parked out front.
If you were looking for the Kollector cars location you’d be forgiven for missing it if it were not for Google Maps and street view. At the end of busy Norton Street it’s tucked down a narrow lane way with the Kollector Cars logo just visible from the main street. Park where you like essentially, and walk through the large opening of the old converted workshop to be greeted by a number of classic cars to your left and a sweet coffee and bench set up on the right.
Neil serves a Single O blend which, if you know your coffee in Sydney, is one of the best blends around. If you’re looking for a big breakfast, this probably isn’t the place for you however they do serve toasties and other light snacks. Rather, this is a place to meet up and talk cars, something which Neil is more than happy to partake in, encouraging you to look at and sit in any of the cars. It’s also a place to pick up a copy of Sports Car Safari, a free print mag with fantastic stories that fits in perfectly with the Kollector Cars ‘classics and coffee’ scene.
The cars on show here are all for sale but are not your high end SWB Lusso’s and Lightweight RS 911s, rather they are lovely examples of eras gone by. The white Alfa 33 on sale was a reminder of just how quirky Italian design could be 30 years ago, while the BMW 7-Series looked in wonderful condition with an interior aroma of worn leather that is synonymous with classic cars.
If you’re in Sydney definitely check it out if only for the coffee and conversation. There aren’t too many places automotive enthusiasts can call home in Sydney, yet this is one that will hopefully be around for some time.
Kollector Cars and Coffee
7A Norton St, Leichhardt NSW 2040
Wednesday to Friday:7am-3pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am-4pm