Manheim at 100 - a century of innovation

This year, Manheim in the UK celebrates its 100th birthday. At a time when car ownership was yet to become mainstream, our founders were not just pioneering motor auctions in the UK, but the concept of a wholesale marketplace with associated services full stop.

We invite you to take a trip with us down memory lane, from our humble beginnings in the 1920s to today being part of Cox Automotive, the world’s largest automotive services organisation.

A story that's still being told


The Manheim we know today started life in the UK as Central Auction Mart in 1921. Its founders were genuine innovators and this pioneering spirit is something that’s been part of our DNA ever since.


Mergers and acquisitions saw the business grow and diversify and in 1996 it was acquired by Manheim and rebranded to become the business we all know today.

Manheim Now

In 2014 Cox Automotive entered the UK market from the US. Today Manheim plays a crucial role in Cox Automotive’s vision to transform the way the world buys, sells, owns and used vehicles.

What's coming up

Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating our birthday by telling our story of a century of innovation, remembering the moments that helped define our sector and talking to those who were there.

We’ll explore the Manheim of today – and reflect on why, as part of Cox Automotive, we continue to evolve on our auction hall roots. Plus, we’ll look ahead to our future and consider what’s in store as we enter our second century.

Manheim 100

Manheim 100

100km Ultra challenge

For our ‘Manheim at 100’ celebrations, Sam Watkins, Commercial Director of Manheim Vehicle Services, is leading a group of brave team members to take on the ‘South Coast Ultimate Challenge’. The team’s aim is to increase awareness and raise as many donations as they can for the incredible Make-A-Wish foundation who grant wishes to critically ill children across the UK.

The event takes place September this year, follow the progress, or donate over on our JustGiving page.

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We’ll be sharing more details soon, so keep checking back here or on our social channels for further updates! In the meantime, you can share your Manheim stories from over the years using the hashtag #Manheim100

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