The Lowdown On Vintage Cars – Are They Worth The Hassle?
Vintage cars these days are considered quirky accessories that create an image for their owner, or they are treasures for keen enthusiasts. Vehicles from the nineteen eighties and nineties are in demand. It was a fantastic time when automotive design moved at a pace and produced many works of art. Car owners had to learn how to take care of them because they were not as reliable as they are today.
If you are thinking of buying a car such as the one in the image, here is the lowdown. Are they worth the hassle?
As mentioned previously, the old vehicles do not give the reliability that people take for granted today. The mechanics at Motorpoint once spent their time on repairs that are not necessary with modern engines. Take, for example, the contact points. They complete a circuit and send high voltage to the spark plugs to ignite the fuel in the cylinder. They open and close rapidly and switch the current; suffering damage from the action. If you decide to own a vintage motor, you must learn to replace the points. It is a regular part of the maintenance routine. You would also have to adjust the timing of the engine for optimum performance. Nowadays, modern electronic ignition and computer monitoring takes care of these things for you.
Many vehicles on the road only thirty years ago no longer exist because of rust. If the car lasted six or seven years without the need for repairs to the bodywork, you thought yourself lucky. Amateur mechanics all over the land spent their time sanding, filling, and respraying patches of rust to keep their pride and joy in pristine condition. Nowadays, six or seven-year guarantees against rust are commonplace.
Imagine a world where there were no airbags, anti-lock brakes, seatbelt pre-tensioners, and side impact systems. Before the rise of the microprocessor, none of these things were available in vehicles and many people suffered injuries that they might escape today. CAD programs were not as sophisticated as today’s, and so the strength of the body and the effectiveness of the crumple zones were not a patch on modern cars. You must be aware that you do not have the same level of protection when you take to the road that you find in a modern vehicle.
The top range models were luxurious with features you recognise today. Climate control, sunroofs, leather seats and plush carpets made the journeys pleasant. Many base models, however, didn’t even have power steering, so we were much stronger back then. There is a chance an old vehicle will not have electric windows either; something most modern motors include as standard.
Do you think it is a wise idea to buy a vintage motor now that you have all of the facts? On paper, only an idiot would take to the road in one that does not have modern safety equipment, but we rarely make decisions based on logic. There is something about the cars of yesteryear that attracts us. Maybe they suit our style, or we feel nostalgic about the time from when they came. I would not own a vintage car as my primary transport because of the reliability issues. For weekends and special occasions they are ideal though, and they make a fantastic hobby. Watch people’s heads turn as you drive down the road in one; it’s worth all of the time and money you put into it.
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