Top Classic Cars and the Value of Number Plate Checks

There are few things finer in life than getting behind the wheel of a classic car. These head-turners often have a great sense of nostalgia attached to them and many are important relics from the era in which they were produced. Whether you are a classic fan who wants to cherish a unique automobile or you are looking at one as in investment, these are the classics to keep your eyes peeled for.

MGB Roadster
The MGB Roadster is a favourite in the classic car community. This is, in part, due to its very easy maintenance and excellent trade support. On top of this, the sporty MGB Roadster is a beautiful automobile and one that is surprisingly affordable. It is for this reason that it is a particularly popular choice with first-time classic car buyers. Be sure to look out for the earlier models with the chrome bumper – this will set you back around £6,000-8,000.

Morris Minor
The charming Morris Minor is an iconic car and one of the most popular choices for families during the 1950’s and 60’s – it was the first British car to sell over 1 million units and is considered an important part of UK history. It’s unique design and the fun experience behind the wheel ensure that this is always a classic that gets snapped up quickly. Another reason for its popularity at auctions is the fact that restoration is simple thanks to the Charles Ware Morris Minor Centre located in Bristol.

Is there any vehicle more iconic than the Mini? A relic of British pop culture from the 60’s, the Mini is one of the most sought after automobiles and commands strong money in the classic car community. If you are on a budget, look out for one of the later models from the 1980’s.

The Mini has influenced dozens of vehicles due to its compact size and space-saving layout, but it is also an incredibly fun car to drive which adds to its desirability.

Triumph Spitfire
A stunning roadster from the 60’s and 70’s which turns heads everywhere it goes, the Triumph Spitfire is a fun two-seater designed by Giovanni Michelotti. The 60’s models are the most attractive, but the 70’s models offer improved handling and also come in some striking colours if you really want to stand out from the crowd.

The Spitfire can be easy enough to find and will usually set you back around £4,000-5,000, plus they are also easy to keep on the road too.

Shopping for Classics
These are the best classics to look out for right now, with auctions, classifieds and online specialists being great places to find these cars for reasonable prices. As a word of warning, it is always essential to get a number plate and general vehicle check carried out by a company like HPI. History checks are strongly encouraged when buying second-hand cars, but it is just as important if you are buying a classic. Unfortunately, this is something that not many people get done at places like auctions and this can come back to haunt them.

A number plate check will uncover important information about the car’s history which the seller may attempt to conceal or perhaps not know themselves. A number plate check will ensure that there have been no suspicious plate changes, that the seller is the rightful owner, that it has not previously been written-off and that it has not been clocked. These are just a few of the risks that these checks will clear and provide you with peace of mind knowing that you are making a smart purchase.

If you are looking to enter the classic car market there are many good options available to you. However, it is important to be wary and always look into the vehicle’s past before making an investment.

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