There are many reasons as to why classic cars are so popular, it could be due to the vintage look that they give off, or the nostalgia that some of them provide with those who grew up with these cars around them. Some even believe these cars to be better than modern cars as there are fewer variables to consider. Read on to find out some key reasons as to why classic cars are still so popular in the modern era.
A Stylish Look
Classic cars are stylish. That is simply just a fact, seeing a 1960’s Jaguar E-Type drive around on the road compared to a modern day X-type there is no comparison. Yes of course the modern types are most likely faster, have larger fuel tanks and are full of gadgets yet the simplicity of the classic car trumps it in some people’s eyes. The newer, more modern cars do seem to go for a similar look to each other with only slightly different shaped chassis that adjust the cars shape. Yet this does not happen with classic cars, they stand out as quite unique and really are very stylish.
When buying a modern car you already know that it will depreciate the second you start the engine. This is because it is no longer brand new and the more it is used, the more the value decreases by. With classic cars however, this is not the case. Investing in a car from the 1960’s, providing it contains the majority of its original parts and is in mint condition is a good move. As time passes, these cars will become more rare and scarce, this means that that demand becomes higher and so does the price. Many people purchase classic cars as collectables with the intention of selling them in the future.
No Driving Aids
Some people may label driving in a classic car as ‘proper driving’. This is because there are no driving aids such as assisted steering, park assist, electronic accelerators. Some people like to have full control over their cars, enabling them to be able to do handbrake turns and drift around to their heart’s content. Some people just prefer the mechanical aspect to driving and that is perfectly fine as they can just keep driving classical cars.
Reasonably Low Maintenance
With classic cars, there is little maintenance needed, as long as it is looked after and cleaned regularly then you should have no real trouble with it. There are also much less components in a classic car compared to a modern one. This means that there are less problems that can go wrong and any less parts to worry about. If you do have any issues with your classical car, your HT leads for example, then be sure to check out ourHT leads category as well as a wide range of other car parts listed on our website.
Purists, avert your eyes! This one isn’t Trimph Red with Black Leather, like the owner tells us it should be… No, this one is painted in Ferrari Rosso Red with Tan Leather interior, and boy does it look fantastic.
Not only does it look fantastic but it SOUNDS fantastic too. Know why? It’s firing on a Powerspark Electronic Ignition Kit, fitted some 7 years ago and still going strong. In fact, the customer likes the Powerspark kit so much, he popped by to collect a K6 ignition kit for a performance Volkswagen beetle belonging to a friend!
So, what Powerspark equipment does a Triumph TR6 use?
All Triumph TR cars use either a Lucas 25D6 Distributor or a Delco 6 Cylinder.
The guys over at Fellows Speed Shop are often in the area, as they buy ignition parts and fuel pumps from Powerspark Ignition. Today they popped by in their ‘shop truck, which houses one of their special secrets… The air cooled flat four is gone, replaced by Subaru power.
Why put a Subaru engine in a classic Volkswagen?
There are a number of reasons to do this, primarily power, drivability, heating, and fuel economy. The four cylinder Subaru engine is generally 30 years newer than the engine it replaces.
Fellows Speed Shop don’t just do engines, they also do big brake conversions… Why not get in touch and see if they can build your dream Volkswagen?
This lovely MG Metro Turbo popped by for a new distributor and ignition module.
Launched at the October 1982 Birmingham Motor Show the MG Metro Turbo went head to head in the marketplace with Ford’s XR2 (launched 1981). The Peugeot 205 GTI would arrive in 1984, and the rest, as they say, is history.
With a quoted bhp of 93, 0–60 mph in 9.9 seconds, and top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h) this car had few direct competitors at the time, although the growing demand for “hot hatches” meant that it soon had a host of competitors including the Ford Fiesta XR2, Peugeot 205 GTI and Renault 5 GT Turbo.
Looking for an MG Metro Turbo? Try Car and Classic or eBay… But don’t expect much change from £10,000!
The MG Metro Turbo was replaced in 1990 by the Rover Metro GTi, with the advanced K series engine delivering more power and delivering it through an end on 5 speed gearbox. Now though the Rover management had decided the MG badge was for genuine sports cars only and already plans and actions were afoot to provide such cars (MGF, are your ears burning?) Thus future performance Rover Metros were to be the GTa and GTi models.
MG Metro Turbo Technical Specifcation:
Engine: Number of cylinders: 4 Capacity: 1275 cc Bore & Stroke: 70.61 mm x 81.28mm Compression Ratio: 9.4:1 Valve gear: Pushrod overhead valve Carburation: Single SU HIF44 Turbocharger: Garrett Air Research T3 Max Boost Pressure: 7.5 psi Max Power: 93 bhp (S 6130 rpm) Max Torque: 85lb/ft (a 2650 rpm) Transmission: Type: 4 speed all synchromesh Clutch: Single dry plate Suspension: Front: Independent bottom link braced by anti roll bar. Top link operating Hydragas spring. Telescopic dampers. Rear: Independent trailing arms, anti roll bar, coil spring pre loaded on Hydragas unit. Wheels: Vented cast alloy 13″ diameter, 5.5 J rims Tyres: Steel braced radial low profile 165/60 VR13. Brakes: Front – 4 piston calliper ventilated disc. Rear-7″ drum. Performance: 0-60 mph: 9.9 secs Max speed: 112 mph Fuel consumption: 50.3 mpg @ 56 mph (urban) Top speed: 110mph 0 to 60mph: 9.5 seconds Average fuel consumption: in a range 30 to 40mpg