FOR SALE: 1966 Jaguar E-Type coupe
This car comes with a 40 year service, restoration and Jaguar Club show history. More information on the listing page.
FOR SALE: 1975 Morris Mini Cooper 1275 GT
Runs and drives great. More information on the listing page.
FOR SALE: 1965 Lotus Elan S2 Convertible
Every facet has been restored. More information on the listing page.
Maurice Bramhall was a guest recently on ‘Drive Along’ with Ron Baker. During this podcast, Maurice offered his insight on evaluating collector cars.
Drive Along provides interviews with people involved in every aspect of the car culture, from collectors to CEOs, providing interesting and inspiring stories. Ron Baker talks to people with connections to owning, building, promoting and enjoying vehicles of every vintage and description. Enjoy listening to stories about their life experiences, challenges and triumphs involving cars, trucks and motorcycles.
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Everyone loves to have nice things, it is just human nature, but sometimes the nice things people want are tough to find. For example, people love to collect sports cards, but the sports cards that are the most popular to collect are the rarest and in the best condition. These cards are the hardest to find.
The same goes for the automotive industry. Classic cars that are in good condition happen to be extremely popular in the car community. They are also pretty hard to find if you don’t know where to look. Luckily, below is a list of tips and tricks on finding the perfect classic vehicle for your style.
Most classic cars in the car community are bought through online websites like craigslist and Facebook marketplace. You have to make sure that the vehicle is in good condition and it is what you want. Project cars are also a perfect option from online sites, but you have to make sure that you start by checking prices of used cars online using sites like Kelly bluebook.
This way, you know that you are getting the best price possible for the product you are buying, especially for project cars. That being said, if you are looking for a vehicle that has been restored or is in good condition, make sure that you go and look at the product with someone familiar with classic cars so they can give you some insight.
Get Involved with the Car Community
Communication throughout the car community is very prominent, so if you want to find someone looking to get rid of a classic car, getting involved in the community is the best way to do so. This can be especially useful to get to know the people you will be getting busy with, and you will get to see what you could buy before it ever goes up on the market.
A great way to get involved with the community is by going to car meets and classic car events to talk with different people. This way, you build a strong bond with people within the community, and you get a jump to individual cars and parts before anyone else is ever interested.
Even if you can’t find what you want from a used car dealership, going to these dealerships to learn about the process of buying cars is extremely beneficial. Many used car dealerships like Bramhall Classic Auto will search their connections to help you find that car. If you tell them what you are looking for, the staff will help you take steps to find what you are looking for or keep an eye out for what you want and contact you when they have it.
Keep in mind, dealerships have fees and other things of that nature, and classic cars tend to go up in price from what some web sources say because of the rarity of the vehicle and the condition that certain cars are in. So be prepared to pay for what you want.
Sometimes you will be driving down the street, and a gem will appear out of the corner of your eye. Just making sure you are ready and looking out for what you want is a significant part because you never know where you might find exactly what you are looking for.
You see a classic car you have always wanted on the corner of an old abandoned gas station with a phone number attached to it. You never know.
Everyone wants to escape their real lives for a small moment, and everyone has their ways to do it. In other words, everyone has a hobby. Some people like to play adult league sports, some people get involved with music, and some want to hit the open road in a classic cruiser.
Unfortunately, this hobby has a lot more to it than just buying a cool car and driving it. First, you need to have a daily driver that you are comfortable going to every day. Classic cars don’t make great daily drivers, so you need something to run around in, and on a nice sunny day, you should take the classic car for a cruise.
Being involved in the car community has a lot to do with your car’s maintenance and display. If you go through all the hard work to find the perfect classic car for you, and you don’t take care of it, then what is the point of going through the trouble. Making sure everything is in check and up to date can also be fun. Becoming a gearhead to maintain your hobby and picking up a new skill can be a lot of fun and very convenient. Plus, you get to show off your sweet ride.