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Why Collect a Vintage Car?

By: Lucy Debenham BA (hons) - Updated: 15 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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When you have a passion for a certain subject matter it is perfectly natural to want to start collecting and accumulating items associated with your interests! You may have already started collecting certain automobilia related to your favourite vintage cars. The next step would be to start owning the cars themselves, and whilst this may only seem like self-indulgence, it actually serves a few important purposes.

Why Collections are Important

Ownership of a vintage car brings with it certain responsibilities. When you are restoring or maintaining a vintage car, you are also preserving a piece of history. The sad fact is that modern cars are not produced with nearly the same amount of personal care or precision, nor do they retain the same stylistic appeal. The mechanics and engineering of vintage cars are also so indicative of the technological advances of the period. So you can almost think of yourself as a sort of steward, who’s job it is to keep these historic artefacts ‘alive’ and running for contemporary audiences as well as generations to come.

Having a collection of such cars is a fantastic way to keep the range of vehicles that you are passionate about roadworthy. For instance, if you are an avid Singer fan, collecting landmark models such as the Singer Six series ensures that they are not left rusting away in some dark corner, beyond the point of salvaging. As the years go by, the availability of spares and parts from some defunct manufacturers can become increasingly more difficult to come by. Once these prized models have gone, they’ve gone forever. So by housing and looking after what is left is of utmost importance.

The knowledge you gain through working on vintage cars also ensures that there is continued living, working information and levels of expertise available. Now, with the Internet as a major source of information dissemination, there is even more scope for recording and sharing this knowledge. This keeps the skills and data in the current mindset, and is also spreading the word, enticing new enthusiasts from all age brackets to turn their hand to the craft of maintaining and restoring historic vehicles.

Ongoing Projects

Collecting vintage cars should always be considered as an ongoing projects. Even motors that are in mint condition still need routine checks and maintenance. Tending to one or more vintage cars will require a continual input of time, money and effort, and you can bet that if you ever find yourself with some free time, the chances are that you can fill it by turning your attention to tinkering about on your vintage car. Obviously, the more cars you accumulate, the more time you’ll need to spend sustaining them.

It’s probably fair to say that the majority of vintage cars taken on as ‘projects’ shouldn’t be taken on as a means to generate money. Keeping historic cars running can prove to be quite draining on the bank account. You can expect to break even, but above and beyond this really is a bonus.

Accruing Interest!

Vintage car collections are also like working advertisements for ‘new recruits’. What better way is there to keep interest alive than by taking your car or collection to a historic vehicle show and enticing others to partake in your passion? Looking at pictures, reading websites and books, and watching cars on the television is one thing, actually sitting in and – if possible – driving in a vintage car is a whole different experience.

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