St. Louis Motorcars: In the Heart of Chesterfield Valley
An automobile is far more than a method of transportation; for the enthusiast it is an expression of self. For many, the automobile is a status symbol. For the technically-oriented individual, precisely engineered components achieving maximum performance are paramount. For those whose interest is aesthetic in nature, designs exemplifying speed, elegance, comfort and style are the focus. Automobile purists are uniquely served in the Midwest by St. Louis Motorcars. The foundation of St. Louis Motorcars was built on a pledge to provide the highest possible standards of flawless detail and a distinction of excellence while representing the finest luxury motorcars and supercars in the world.
The proprietors of St. Louis Motorcars, Graham Hill and Jim Mills, share this love of the automobile. Each partner brings special talents, to the business, assuring the fulfillment of the mission statement. Graham Hill, president of St. Louis Motorcars, is the driving force behind the sales team. Born in England, Graham moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in 1985. His first job in the American car business was with The Steering Wheel, a Maserati dealer on Sunrise Boulevard. By 1987, Hill had joined Bentley and Rolls-Royce Motorcars in Ft. Lauderdale becoming the youngest Rolls-Royce & Bentley salesperson in the USA. Graham rapidly became one of the top sales producers in the US market, climaxing in 1997, becoming the top salesperson in the United States.
After 20 years in Florida, Hill moved to St. Louis to open Bentley St. Louis with business partner Jim Mills. Mills ran a $200 million corporation and held positions of increasing responsibility with $100+ million corporations in the previous 15 years of his business career; Mills has excellent business experience, knowledge and acumen.
In September of 2001, the pair began operating out of a warehouse on St. Charles Rock Road as the first Bentley and Roll-Royce dealership in St. Louis. They purchased 2.8 acres off of Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield Valley for $1.5 million and spent $3 million to build the 24,000-square-foot facility intended to be the Bentley/Rolls-Royce showroom and service department which would open on December 7, 2002. Hill says, “We wanted to create a destination dealership, one which would be easy to get to and Chesterfield afforded us more space to build two large showrooms.”
Their first year in operation resulted in Bentley St. Louis being the 4th largest volume Bentley dealer in the USA. Currently, Bentley has just introduced the Bentayga, Bentley’s first SUV boasting a highly efficient 12-cylinder, technologically advanced engine, which will make it the fastest production SUV on the planet.
In March of 2003, St. Louis Motorcars became a factory authorized Maserati dealer. In that year, they sold 150 motorcars totaling $20 million. Maserati currently offers the Ghibli, Quattroporte, GranTurismo, and GranTurismo Convertible models, each with several performance variations.
Hill and Mills then made the decision to seek a Lamborghini dealership due to the high volume of Ferrari’s in the area. Negotiations from 2005-2006 eventually brought a Lamborghini dealership to St. Louis Motorcars. In 2008, a second 22,000-square-foot showroom was completed adjacent the Bentley and Maserati showroom. The $5 million construction stocked the Lamborghini line and eventually would go on to house the Bugatti, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin lines.
This Lamborghini dealership resulted in the company selling its most expensive car to date–at $4.1 million. The Lamborghini Veneno sports a carbon fiber construction lightweight design which gives it a weight to power ratio of 1.99kg/hp and a top speed of 220 MPH. Only three Venenos were made for the world and of the 100+ Lamborghini dealers worldwide, St. Louis Motorcars sold one of them. Also among the Lamborghinis sold by the company was the Lamborghini Reventon of which only 20 were produced worldwide and nine sold in North America. The sports car featuring scissor doors, a V12 engine, 640 horsepower, and four-wheel drive was priced at $1.5 million.
The Bugatti dealership, an upscale and developmental subsidiary of Volkswagen, was attained in December of 2007. The most recently announced model from Bugatti is the Chiron. Lighter and more responsive than its predecessor, 1500 pounds of torque, and a top speed of over 273 MPH, the Bugatti Chiron is likely to be the fastest production car in the world with styling befitting the performance. The Chiron will be an exclusive model with only 500 being produced and priced at $2.5-3 million.
In September of 2008, Lotus offered St. Louis Motorcars a dealership. The British manufacturer is based at the former site of RAF Hethel, a World War II airfield in Norfolk, England. Lotus is noted for impressive performance from small to moderate size engines. With supercar acceleration from 0-60 MPH in just 4.1 seconds, the Lotus Evora is the fastest production Lotus ever. This performance is from a 400-horsepower, 3.5 litre V6 engine.
St. Louis Motorcars lost the Rolls-Royce dealership in 2003 when Bentley split from Rolls-Royce. In November of 2008, Hill and Mills went to the St. Louis Auto show where they met with Matt Lynch, regional representative for Rolls-Royce. Lynch took off his Rolls-Rolls pin and pinned it to Hill’s lapel signifying the acceptance of St. Louis Motorcars as a Rolls-Royce dealership after years of struggle. In early 2009, Roll-Royce vehicles finally took their place in the showroom. This legendary car maker is famous for making the most elite luxury cars in the world with amenities such as embroidered seats, personalized hood ornaments, built-in bars, a selection of wheels, car covers, and much more.
When the Aston Martin dealership on Manchester Road in West County closed in the fall of 2010, St. Louis Motorcars took over as the area dealership. Aston Martin is noted for the association of its performance cars with the James Bond series. St. Louis Motorcars donated the use of two Aston Martin’s for the SSM DePaul Charity Gala last month, to bolster the event’s theme: James Bond.
Throughout the history of the organization, St. Louis Motorcars, located at One Arnage Boulevard, in Chesterfield, has been in the “Top 10” in new vehicle sales for nearly every brand they represent. St. Louis Motorcars has become the mecca for luxury and supercar enthusiasts in the Central Midwest.
One Arnage Blvd
Chesterfield, MO 63005