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Classic cars are for driving, not just for storing

Date: 09/04/2014 11:29:49
Category: Classic Cars
Author: Richard Towey

Classic car owners are being urged to get their vintage beauties out of their garages and on to the road - as preserving every penny of their value isn't everything.

Telegraph.co.uk motoring correspondent Erin Baker highlights that by leaving a classic racing car to shine in a silent showroom, buyers are effectively buying into a "ghost" and failing to utilise a key asset - the engine.

As reported by the week.co.uk, buyers of ex-racing cars are becoming all the more savvy and causing the market to become a hotspot for investors.

However, Ms Baker feels that buyers are now becoming overly fearful about what might happen to the condition of their assets if ever they take them outside for a spin.

She says that only buying a classic vehicle for investment purposes is a waste of a good car, and she sought the feedback of fellow Telegraph writer Andrew English to demonstrate her point.

English, the proud owner of an Aston Martin DB5, says: "You've got to use them. If you don't they just become object d'art, half the appeal has gone and they get very unreliable.

"And people love to see them on the road; they come up and ask so many questions you can barely get out at times."

Ms Baker says her message to investors is simple - "share the love".

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