What’s the upkeep and possible pitfalls of owning a vintage or classic car?

Not everyone is in the position to buy a brand new set of wheels, fact. The used market becomes the next best thing, and if lady luck is smiling down on you, people are willing to part ways with their pride and joy for a cut price. That is not always the case, though petrolheads know the worth of their cars.

A car is usually considered a classic or a collector’s item due to its limited production number(s). In contrast, others use the ages of between 25 to 40 years as a measuring stick. Of course, not all of them have to be old because there are a number of modern examples in existence like the Lexus LFA, Audi B7 RS4, Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari Testarossa or Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM – the list goes on.

For those that want to catch a glimpse of some of the rarest vehicles from around the world in one place, the Franschhoek Motor Museum in Cape Town is one of the most sought-after places to visit that showcases more than 100 years of automotive history on the grounds of the Anthonij Rupert Wyne Estate, L’Ormarins.

Where vintage cars are concerned, they represent a different proposition and attract a different type of buyer. Factors like age, overall condition, and mileage play a big part in reaching monetary valuation – which is why you won’t see someone drive their examples, basically ever. In most cases, exterior and mechanical components of much older cars have long been discontinued, and if they are available, it will likely cost a pretty penny to source.

Most older cars aren’t in good knick aesthetically and will require some restoration to get them back to their former glory. This process is never a swift one and can take years to complete.

Any vehicle, no matter how old it is, must be driven, and that is to avoid a couple of potential problems like bad starter motors, seized engines, dead batteries, and corroded hoses – all of which can severely hamper mechanical operation(s). Even though an owner would like to wrap their classic car up in proverbial cotton wool to protect, it has to be driven ever so often, and this is when bystanders catch a glimpse of something unique – like a hot rod, for example.

Gumtree lists some of the most basic ways to make sure your classic car stays in top condition:

  • Have the body polished and waxxed atleast once a month to bring out the best on the factory paint
  • Keep everything in factory condition and don’t make any custom modifications.
  • Be sure to change things like belts, fluids and spark plugs on a regular basis to keep everything fresh under the bonnet.
  • Make sure it is stored properly where there is little to no foot traffic and sufficient ventilation.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local automotive vehicle information close to home.

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