Britain's motorists are increasingly falling for the world of old-time cars, suggests classic auction specialists Historics at Brooklands.
Britain's motorists are increasingly falling for the world of old-time cars, suggests classic auction specialists Historics at Brooklands. And who could blame them? Many new cars – despite being easy to live with, comfortable, and practical – lack x-factor. They often feel soulless, as if designed by machines for machines. The same can rarely be said about classic cars. Just look at the beautifully sculpted Jaguar XJ Series mk1. Gaze in awe at fun-focussed MGs, and imagine the thrill of owning a mint-condition Triumph Stag.Historics at Brooklands’ Auction Director, Edward Bridger-Stille, said: “There is an undisputable financial argument against buying even a modest newish car if it’s not driven a great deal, as it can suffer high insurance and maintenance costs and continuing depreciation. In contrast - for around £5,000 - you could drive from our auction an original 1970’s British sports car that will give you immense fun and low running costs, and relax in the knowledge that a good cared for car is likely to appreciate in value.” Fair enough, there is some truth here. But there are also practicalities to consider. Parts, for starters. My friend once struggled to buy an exhaust for his mid-nineties Nissan. Finding even basic components for old cars can be expensive and time consuming. Safety is another factor. It is easy to forget how poorly old cars brake, corner, and protect their occupants. No air-bags, ABS, or side-impact bars here. Just a quick prayer and cross your fingers. But hey, not every decision in life has to be practical – and I would love an old Jag.