Whether you are already a hardened enthusiast who is passionate about classic and vintage cars and own a plethora of beautiful motorcars already, or instead you are merely dipping your proverbial toe in the waters of vintage motorcar ownership, one could always use some handy hints and tips for such a prestigious and exciting hobby.
With this in mind, continue reading for a comprehensive guide to owning and showing a classic vintage motorcar.
What Vehicles Are Considered ‘Classic’ Or ‘Vintage’?
Contrary to popular belief, there is a subtle difference between the terms ‘classic car’ and ‘vintage car,’
Classic cars are usually considered to be motorcars that are twenty years old or more, whereas vintage cars are usually classified as being built between 1919 and 1930.
The most iconic makes of classic cars include to mention but a few:
- Aston Martin DB5 (as seen in James Bond’s Goldfinger)
- E-Type Lightweight Jaguar
- Lamborghini Miura
- Bentley 4.5 Liter
- Porsche 911
The most recognized and well-known vintage car makes include, but again are not limited to:
- Alfa Romeo RL
- Alvis Speed Twenty
- Mercedes Benz 540K
- Peugeot Quadrillette
- Tatra Type 77
- MG 18/80
Buying A Classic Or Vintage Motor Vehicle
If you are interested in purchasing a vintage car, or else are looking to add to your already wonderful collection, then there are a few key things you have to know before you commit to the purchase.
As with any second-hand car (vintage or not), it is absolutely crucial to find out not only the specifications and any modifications made to the car, but also restoration costs and how many previous owners the vehicle has.
It would also be prudent to mention that you need to have it clear in your mind before you buy your classic car whether you are interested in making money by selling it on or if you want to keep the car for yourself and enjoy driving it.
Additionally, be sure to check the VIN number using the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.
Showing A Classic Or Vintage Motor Vehicle
One of the most exciting adventures one can experience is taking a classic or vintage car to a specialist motor car show.
Even more thrilling is when you choose to display your motorcar and instead of driving your vehicle to the show ground, it is a much safer and more secure option to contact a professional and established company who specialize in car haul services.
Displaying your car should be a complete sensory experience and you should endeavor to provide somewhat of an interactive experience for your fellow classic and vintage motorcar enthusiasts. A custom-made, bespoke sign displaying your name, the name of the club you belong to if applicable and the details, make and model of your cherished vehicle.
Other things to remember when displaying your car at a classic auto club in Scottsdale include opening all the doors and ensuring the car is thoroughly cleaned inside and out.