Do you know what it absolutely on my bucket list of things to own one day? A classic car, that’s what. Although having said that, nowadays, the term “classic car” tends to be attached to any vehicle that’s been around for a little while. It’s thrown around willy-nilly! Unfortunately, there is no set criteria when it comes to defining something as classic or not, so many people take matters into their own hands, and some will claim that any old rust bucket isn’t a dud but is instead valuable and “classic”. Let’s try to avoid this. Because both you and I know what a classic car really means.
A classic car should be a vehicle of age that has enough historical interest to make it collectable. In short, if you’re invested enough in it to repair and restore it rather than scrapping it, chances are that it’s a classic.
Now, there are various advantages that come hand in hand with having a classic car, as I keep telling myself as someone who would chew off their own arm to own a classic car. The first (and most notable) is the vehicle’s aesthetic. If you love a vintage or retro look, this could really be the stuff of dreams..as it is for me!
Alternatively, there might be some sentimental value attached to a classic car that you’ve come to own. Perhaps it belonged to a relative and has been passed down to you. Whatever your reason for owning a classic car or searching the market for one, you need to ask yourself one thing: is it suitable for me and my lifestyle? If you have a family, this answer to this question becomes increasingly important. So, are classic cars family friendly? Here are a few things to consider.
Age and Safety
First of all, you need to determine the car’s age. This can be relatively difficult if you don’t have a hold of the vehicle’s original log book. However, you can often get a good idea by looking at the number plate. If there’s a dated number plate, you’re in luck! You should be able to work out the specific year that it was manufactured.
If it has Dateless Number Plates, chances are that it predates 1963. If you find that you have a particularly old vehicle on your hands you need to check out certain features of the car. Seat belts, for example, were invented in the mid-nineteenth century, but it wasn’t law for all cars to be fitted with them until 1970. So many cars predating this won’t have any at all. Safety features can be added to older cars. Seat belts can be installed, for example.
Bear in mind, however, how far cars have come in the past decade alone. We now have assisted driving with parking sensors and ABS. Older vehicles are likely to fall well below parr when it comes to safety features and, if we’re guessing right, you’re going to want your little ones to be as safe as possible each time they take a trip on the road.
History and Culture
Now, when it comes to history and aesthetic, classic cars go above and beyond what you could ever possibly ask for. Each vehicle has a story to tell, and kids will usually delight in watching films like The Italian Job featuring classic Mini Coopers in the 60s or hearing stories about VW Campers and the hippies who drove them in the 70s. To be able to see some of these vehicles in real life and even go for a little drive in them will be a thrilling cultural experience!
As you can see, classic cars may not be the best choice as your main mode of transport if you have little ones around. However, they can be a great novelty! If possible, why not strike a balance and have a modern vehicle for everyday use and a classic car for Sunday driving? That’s my dream anyway! Alternatively, you could just hire a classic car for small trips here and there occasionally as a family treat. Living the dream baby! In the meantime why not check out my tips on choosing a family car.
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