When you dedicate your time to restoring or looking after vintage cars, you're preserving a valuable piece of motoring history for the future. There are few people who can't take pleasure in a gleaming relic of a nostalgic age, when travelling was an occasion warranting best clothes and a picnic. Collecting vintage cars is incredibly rewarding and can be a great investment for the future.
Start your first foray into the world of vintage cars by reading specialist magazines. Not only will there be great advice from motoring experts, you'll also find lots of classic cars for sale in perfect or restoration condition. Decide whether you have the time and energy required for undertaking a classic car restoration project or if you're looking for something in a ready-to-drive state.
Once you know what you're looking for, start attending classic car auctions and local trade shows. You'll start learning how to spot valuable limited edition models and how much classic cars are currently going for. Talking to people who have been collecting or dealing in classic cars for years will also give you access to insider knowledge and put you in contact with experts who can help you with classic cars projects in the future.
If you know you want to try restoration for yourself, make sure you know what you're taking on. Any classic car you view should have a record of work it's had done, and what work remains. Investing in a vehicle only to find it's missing a vital part that you'll have to have hand-engineered can set you back a lot. This is where contacts with local experts can help: try to get to know people who would be willing to advise you on vintage cars before you commit to buying.
Fully restoring vintage cars is a time-consuming and potentially expensive hobby. Try to work out the cost of restoring the car and factor that into the price when looking to buy. If it's still a good deal, go for it. Another factor to consider is where you will be storing and working on your vintage car. What parts will you need, and where will you source them? As you can see, there are lots of questions to ask yourself before taking your first steps into the vintage cars arena.
But don't be put off: working with vintage cars can be tremendous fun and a great investment. Make sure you know your stuff and can recognise a good deal, and you can be sure of an exciting classic car project with a potentially big pay-off at the end.