When we think of classic cars we often conjure up images of old fashioned, vintage vehicles from the 1940s. However, a classic car can really be anything that is over twenty years old. For a vehicle to be immortalised as a classic car it has to have certain attributes that will give it character when it reaches the desired age. Below we will now take a look at some of the features that classify our classic vehicles and see how the future of classic cars will pad out.

Storage

Before we go into great detail about your classic car, vehicle storage is something that you have to consider as it is far better to keep your classic car under cover throughout the year. This will protect the body from the elements and also give you a nice clean, dry area to perform regular maintenance tasks if they are required.

Maintenance

Owning a classic car will bring a maintenance bill that is different from your main mode of transport. You will find that the ownership of a classic car can be made difficult because spare parts can be hard to get hold of and you will often have to look to enthusiasts or breakers yards to source your parts. Take for example a car radiator or your car seat upholstery. These items on older vehicles may have to be bought used. Looking for enthusiasts or specialists that specialise in your vehicle is often the best way to source these parts. These items are best bought when they are originals as they will keep the value of the vehicle intact, as using non-original parts loses the integrity of the classic car status. If for example, your vehicle is in desperate need of a particular part that is not available, it could be re-engineered and as long as it is logged, you may be able to get away with it.

Ownership

The ownership of a classic vehicle can be perilous if you do not plan for it properly. Take for example, if you are looking at used electric forklifts. Although this may be an odd item to collect as a classic vehicle, if it is over twenty years old, it can be stored and taken to shows so that people can admire it. However, a vehicle like this could be very expensive if a part fails, as forklifts are not produced in large numbers like motor vehicles. The electrics on a forklift electric truck need to be well maintained and looked after. The hydraulic mechanisms will need regular maintenance to ensure smooth operation, long term.

The same can be said for classic cars. The type of classic car that you have or are thinking about getting has to fit into your lifestyle. Some classic vehicles will require more attention from their owners than others. For example, if you have a classic Bugatti compared to a classic MK1 Golf, the Bugatti will cost you more and take up more time to maintain and keep running than your MK1 golf. One of the main reasons for this is that there will be more examples of the MK1 golf than the Bugatti, so spare parts will be more readily available for the golf.

Future

Classic cars will always be worth lots of money in years to come. There are a number of cars that you could own already or purchase that are worth keeping hold of. We shall now list some of the vehicles that may make the classic car list of the future.

Ford Focus ST 170

These vehicles, when they were first produced, turned the heads of many as the Focus replaced the Ford Escort. This particular version, when it gets to classic status, will be a valuable asset particularly if it’s an unmodified version. These vehicles were known to have electrical issues so make sure you thoroughly test one before you purchase it.

Jaguar XJS V12

This vehicle boasts of Jaguar’s legendary V12 engine. Many argue it was the finest engine Jaguar ever built. The ownership of one of these will not be cheap and the engine is prone to head gasket failures. You also need to keep an eye on the bodywork as these vehicles can suffer from rot. The ownership of this vehicle is not going to be cheap. The running costs alone can be staggering and if you’re unfortunate enough to have to repair it, the parts can be difficult to source and very expensive once sourced. However, it has to be said that this is one of the finest classic cars ever to be built.

Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo

This little Italian vehicle packed an awesome punch in its era. Although Fiat was known for its reliability issues, this vehicle had fantastic performance reviews considering its price. These vehicles can suffer from rust if neglected, so it is always worth making sure this is one of the tests that you undertake before you go ahead and purchase one.

Aston Martin DB7 V12

This vehicle should speak for itself, as Aston Martin has always been a top end luxury brand. Even with vehicles such as this one, there are certain models that you need to avoid. For example, the 6-cylinder version will not gain as much value as quick as the V12. The repair bills on this vehicle will be very high, but if you have the budget to keep up with them, you will get a very rewarding vehicle.

VW Golf MK2 GTi

The Golf has been around for an amazing amount of time. Mark after mark has been produced and each Golf has earned its place in our hearts. It doesn’t matter which generation you grew up in, the Golf that sits with you will always be world class. These vehicles are always a fun classic to own and you won’t be disappointed if you buy one.

The future of the classic car has not changed and it will continue to improve year after year. As more and more cars become classics as they age, the benefit of galvanized bodies will make it easier for these vehicles to be well-maintained, giving us more time with these works of art.

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