Vintage cars are usually associated with a nostalgic period 40 to 50 years ago, or even farther back in time. They aren’t seen on the roads much, but when they are, they command a lot of attention. It’s evident that vintage car enthusiasts treasure their cars when you see them restored to pristine original condition.
What is it about vintage cars that enthusiasts love so much? Why are they so eager to spend their hard earned money on restoring vintage cars? Some say it’s the nostalgia which brings back a memory of a previous era, others say it’s the challenge of it all. Pride is also a factor. Who wouldn’t want to ride around in an awesome 50 year old car that looks and runs like it did when it came off of the assembly line! Vintage car collectors may want to relive an era when only the elite were able to afford the luxury of a fancy car. Whatever the reasons, vintage car enthusiasts are passionate about their cars.
Some vintage cars made a significant difference in the automobile industry during their era. These certainly merit restoring simply because they are a piece of history, raising the bar and challenging the auto makers to rise to the challenge. A lot of competition during the past 60 years has created some noteworthy vehicles which broke records and became famous.
Many restored vintage cars are usually driven on rare occasions, for short distances. They can usually be found in the many car shows around the country, displayed with pride. Cautious owners avoid driving them a lot as they may be damaged or destroyed. Also, if the vintage car is a model that is highly significant, meaning many people have admired them and praised them, their value increases, especially when restored to their full glory.
Ordinarily, a vintage car owner does not part with their vehicle but there are those who restore them for resale, aiming to make a large profit. Many auctions have recorded astronomical bids for vintage cars, encouraging the restoration simply for selling vintage cars. This has enticed a lot of people to use this avenue for making money. On the other hand, some sellers feel a sense of loss after a sale because the undertaking of a restoration project involves so much time and passion, much like raising a child.
Not everyone is cut out to be a proud owner of a vintage car. Although an enthusiast may know a lot about cars and how to fix them, vintage cars require a lot of money. Replacement parts may be very hard to find, expensive or even need to be fabricated which has its own large price tag. Adding to that, locating a vintage car with its original parts that is still in good working condition can be nearly impossible. Time usually has wreaked havoc on the exterior and many vintage cars will need extensive body work. Finding a fabricator to replicate damaged components can be a challenge.
All of these hurdles are certainly not impossible, but it’s best to approach restoring a vintage car with both eyes open and a realistic view of the costs involved.
For collectors though, owning a vintage car is a great source of pride. Having a piece of automotive history in their garage allows them to feel as if they are members of an exclusive club. While not all people would love to have a vintage car, for those who do, there is a certain aura of distinction. For these persons, their vintage car is an extension of themselves and this is what, more than its high fair market value, makes vintage cars truly priceless.