Classic cars have a "power" that newer vehicles fail to match, one motoring journalist has claimed.
Writing for irishtimes.com, Neil Briscoe explained that the best five minutes of his day recently was spent traversing the N18. Whilst not the recipe for a memorable five minutes, Briscoe claimed this route was brightened by the spot of a Volvo P1800 ES (used by Roger Moore in character as Simon Templar, tv2.no reports) and a replica C-Type Jaguar.
These sights, which Briscoe said were the rarest of things on Irish roads, got the writer thinking about classic cars and more specifically, how they have a "relaxed and charming mien that a plain daily commuter-mobile just can't match."
Briscoe gave the example of renowned supercar manufacturer Ferrari. Seeing a modern day vehicle zip past is likely to give any motorists a somewhat negative impression of the driver contained within. A classic Ferrari, however, should elicit a "low whistle of appreciation", followed, Briscoe said, by a totting up of the resale value of one's children.
The writer did add, however, that it's not all sunshine and roses for classic car owners, with off-days leaving the vehicles expensive, unreliable, fragile and downright depressing. He also mentioned that insuring them is difficult, as vehicle security can be more of an issue for those not fitted with modern features such as immobilisers and alarms. Car trackers, however, could help the situation by providing additional security benefits.
Despite the negatives, Briscoe said classic cars are "lovely, make no mistake", and can really be enjoyed by those with the patience - and the wallet - to be able to do so.