Classic Cars That You Have to Drive

When it comes to classic cars, we at Powerspark Ignition do consider ourselves as specialists. This is why we have come up with a list of classic cars below that we believe you must drive in your life, whether you can afford to buy these cars or even to just to get behind the wheel one time they will truly be something special to drive. Continue to read on below to see these cars for yourself and maybe you don’t agree? Just kidding, of course you will agree, all of these classic cars are simply magical.

Volvo P1800

We say this with no disrespect to Volvo, yet when you hear the name Volvo your mind does not automatically go to a fast, elegant sports car. Despite this, the Volvo P1800 was exactly that. It was an absolute masterstroke in mechanical engineering, the two-seater model is extremely durable as one model has gone on record for clocking up over 3 million miles! The car was marketed between 1961-1973 and was driven by James Bond actor Roger Moore in the television series ‘The Saint’. The classic car produced up to 100 hp and had a top speed of around 110 mph.

Aston Martin DB4

Carrying on with the James Bond links, we of course have the Aston Martin DB4. It was produced from the years 1958-1963 and is part of a long stem of Aston Martin cars that were just machines of beauty. There is surely no wonder as to why this would be 007’s classic car of choice with its top speed 139 mph and 0-60 in 9.3 seconds, it would’ve made a mockery of any other car in the 1960’s. There really is not much more a luxury driving experience than an Aston Martin DB4 so if ever you get the opportunity to drive, do not hesitate!

Aston Martin DB4-min

Mercedes SL 300 Gullwing

The Mercedes SL 300 Gullwing was amongst one of the first batch of sports cars that were produced post-war. The car was the fastest production at its time in 1954. It was also the first direct fuel injection series production car and this meant that the classic car could reach up to 160 mph! There are still a few of these cars circling around collectors and specilaists, so once again this car would be a life goal for someone to even get behind the wheel.

Porsche 911

Now ending off the list of cars that you have to drive in your life as a classic car admirer, we have probably the most famous classic car of all time, This being the Porsche 911. The classic car absolutely oozes vintage and magnificence, it is an amazingly well-built machine that delivers one of the finest driving experiences known to man. With a top speed of around 150 mph, the classic car is much more than a pretty face. It truly epitomises the category of ‘classic car’.

Porsche 911

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A Guide to Storing Your Classic Car in Winter

As we are deep in the thick of winter it is important to know how you should store your classic car to ensure it can survive the colder conditions. A lot of classic cars are open-top, due to this you will most likely not drive the car at all through the winter months and leaving a classic car dormant for a while can be rather dangerous. Read on below for some factors to consider when storing your classic car in winter.

Engine Concerns

Be sure not to get into the habit of just firing up the engine every few weeks or so, unless you are planning to drive. Although you might think regular usage like that is helpful to the classic car, it is actually the exact opposite! Doing this will mean the oil in your engine will not get to the correct temperature, this means it will hold moisture which can cause interior corrosion. If you are not planning to drive your classic car in winter then you are better off just leaving the engine alone completely.

Battery Concerns

Now for the more modern cars, a trickle-charger will be able to keep the battery in good condition over the winter period. This is not the case for classic cars and so you are better off removing the battery clamps when you are storing it, this way it will save your battery from going completely flat. When the battery does go flat, problems can occur with interior systems like your fuel gauge and radio.


Brakes Seizing

Now this point seems quite easy to understand, if you have not driven your classic car for quite a while then there is a very high chance of your brakes seizing up and the car will no longer be able to move. You should never leave the handbrake on if your classic car is being stored, use chocks instead to keep it in place. Drum brakes are particularly likely to seize up, if this happens then proceed to jack the car up, remove the wheel and apply strong force with a mallet until the drum can be turned by hand. It is important to test your brakes before going on longer drives after the winter, if not then you could be putting lives at risk!

Frozen Windscreen

One of the most obvious tips for storing your car in the winter is to cover the windscreen. Some people may not have a garage and so will have to leave their classic car outside. If this is the case then be sure to purchase a covering for your windscreen to prevent ice or snow covering it up. Some classic cars may even experience internal ice build up on the windscreen so ensure it is completely covered, with no empty gaps on display.


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How to Clean Your Classic Car

Some people may believe that cleaning a classic car is the same as your standard modern car, this is not the case. You should not take your classic car through a car wash, as you would with a modern car. It is important to know all the rules and procedures to take proper car of your classic car, incorrect cleaning methods could lead to serious damages that cannot be fully repaired. Read on below to find out how to clean your classic car.

What’s Different About Cleaning a Classic Car?

Unlike your standard modern car, classic cars need to be washed using specialised materials. Something like using the wrong products or tools when cleaning your classic car can result in very costly damages. You have to be aware of possible rust issues that may occur to your classic car, this can occur if when you are drying the car you do not get rid of all the moisture as this will lead to rust damage.

 It is recommended that if you are someone who drives on a regular basis then you will want to wash your car at least once a week. Although this may seem a slight bit overboard, we can assure you that it is not. Cleaning your classic car is far more important than cleaning a regular vehicle, as it carries a significant amount of value that can be lost if contaminants like bugs or dirt are allowed to build up on the outside.

How to Clean Your Classic Car

As we have already mentioned, never take your classic car anywhere near a car wash! This may be putting your vehicle at risk for damage. Instead, wash it by hand using a sheepskin or cotton material. If you can’t easily reach certain areas by hand, you can use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Be sure to use specialist dish soap instead of the ordinary soap as not only will it make your car less eye-catching, but it will also lessen its value. It is vital that when cleaning your classic car that you work from the top down. If you start at the bottom of your car and work your way up, grime and other contaminants will drop onto sections that are already clean. Also, if you are only using one towel, starting at the bottom could cause you to transfer the harsh metal shavings and oil from the brakes onto the rest of the car.

After you’ve washed the majority of your classic car, it’s time to focus on your vehicle’s grimiest area, these being the wheels. Since they will have more buildup than anywhere else, you should use a new towel most effective cleansing. Once your car has been thoroughly cleaned, use a steady stream of water to rinse it off. Try to avoid using more water than you have to. Excessive water use could create pooling in hard-to-reach areas, which may cause rust damage.

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Which Classic Cars Should You Buy in 2022?

As 2022 is almost upon us, it is important for classic car enthusiasts to figure out what car they should buy. We must stress that these cars are affordable for many people and should not bankrupt you just as you start the new year! These cars have the feel of a £200,000 priced item whilst costing just a fraction of the price. Be sure to read on below if you are interested in buying a classic car for a price that won’t burn a huge hole in your pockets!

1975 Dodge Charger

The 1975 Dodge Charger is a 2-door coupe and is being priced on the market at just over £5,500. Although it does not quite have the same magic as the models that proceeded it, the 1975 Dodge Challenger is still a wonderful classic car. Powered by a V8 engine that reaches up to 155 hp, the Charger has a top speed of 109 mph and goes from 0-60 in 12.8 seconds. The interior is fitted out with comfortable leather seats and a waxed wooden dashboard, this is truly value for money.

1978 Lincoln Continental

Now the 1978 Lincoln Continental is available in a 4-door or 2-door variant. This gives you the choice to pick which is great if you have a family as a 4-door car is probably more appealing. It really does give off a look of luxury and class yet can actually be bought for around £4,400! Powered by a V8 engine that can reach 166hp, this classic car has a top speed of around 106 mph and is the perfect example of the standard muscle car.

1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II 

Nothing oozes more class and elegance when it comes to classic cars than a Rolls-Royce. The 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II is a 4-door full size luxury classic car, available on the market for around £8,800. In the 1970’s you would not find a car with more grandeur. Similar to the other cars we have previously listed, the 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II is powered by a V8 engine, this seems to be an extremely common theme amongst classic cars. The Silver Shadow can reach top speeds of around 115 mph and its engine can crank out around 247hp.

1981 Chevrolet Corvette

Last and certainly not least on our list of classic cars to buy in 2022 is the 1981 Chevrolet Corvette. This may be one of the most stylish looking Corvettes ever created, despite this the classic car is still not stupidly priced, with it costing around £9,500. It is of course powered by a V8 engine, of which achieves 190hp. The car is not the most powerful or dominating when compared to others on the market, however many upgrades and developments are now accessible to improve it to your liking.

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How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Classic Car

Some classic car types are still active on the roads and were made in the 50’s and 60’s. This means before it was purchased the classic car was obviously well cared for and looked after. Now then, if you do not treat your classic car to these same standards then that is when you may see some deterioration and eventually the car will no longer function as it has been neglected for a long period of time. Read on below to find out how to increase the lifespan of your classic car.

Fix Windscreen Chips ASAP

A lot of us tend to make the same rookie error when it comes to a chip in the windscreen, something that could easily be fixed by a professional very quickly however it is too small and unimportant to think about, right? Wrong! A lot of people will leave a chip in there classic car as it is not really noticeable, this often leads to a crack developing across the windscreen and then causes you to get an entirely new windscreen which is not cheap!

Clean the Interior

The inside of your classic car is actually more important to its longevity then you may think. This is especially the case if you were interested in re-selling the classic car in the future as no-one will buy it if the interior is not up to standard. Ensure to clean any stains and articles of food out of the car as failure to do so could lead in a build up of bacteria and mold which will also eat away at any wood or leather within the car, this will drop its re-sale price massively.

Drive Safely

This point can be applied to any type of car. Yet especially in your classic car, it is vital that you do not damage your car whilst out on the road. This can be deadly for not only the car but also your won life. Driving recklessly can lead to many dents and scratches to the body of your car which can be hard to consistently repair over time especially if it is from the 50’s or 60’s.

Change the Air Filter

This is something that can be often forgotten by many drivers as it is not something that immediately comes to mind when looking after your classic car. Damaged or blocked air filters could actually lead to poor performance on the road as well as excessive fuel consumption. You should assess your air filter at least once per year due to the age of your classic car, you may have to change it even sooner if you are around a lot of dust.

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Noises Your Classic Car Makes Which Are Cause for Concern

Classic cars are named as such due to their age an era defining looks. For example specialists will be able to tell you what year a car was made by analysing the interior as well as the overall chassis. As they are of a certain age classic cars may need more looking after then standard modern cars, they will also tend to make different noises due to the problems that may be happening within components such as the engine or exhaust. Read on below to find out more about the source of the noise is that your classic car and if they are truly a cause for concern

Rumbling Exhaust

A rumbling exhaust pipe is usually due to a cracked exhaust muffler. This crack occurs due to a leak into the exhaust muffler of your classic car. You will only really hear this noise when there is a problem with the exhaust muffler as it sounds within its name, it does suppress the sound of your exhaust pipe. Now if you realise the noise is getting louder find this means that the crack or leak has gotten larger, this means you are releasing more carbon monoxide into the environment which of course is not ideal! Try and get this problem sorted the second that you spot it.

Rattling Sound at Slow Speeds

If you begin to drive off in your classic car and you notice a rattling sound, this could be due to a loose lug nut within your wheel. The sound may go away as you increase your speed and return once again once it is reduced. This problem is mostly due to a recently fitted tyre not being properly fitted or a worn down lug nut that has gone bad. The simplest solution is to just tighten the lug nut on your wheel of your classic car, if you cannot solve the situation yourself then be sure to find a replacement from a professional.

Grinding Due to Shifting Gears

Grinding sounds on your classic car when you are shifting gears is usually due to a worn out clutch! Now this is a problem that occurs often in classic cars especially if the clutch has not been replaced in a while. If you suspect that your clutch is on its way out then be sure to get in touch with a professional mechanic unless you fancy your chances driving your classic car without a clutch!

Popping from Engine

Now the sound of popping when you are driving a classic car is actually extremely common. The reason for this is most likely due to a worn out spark plug within the engine, you may also hear this popping sound if your fuel filter has been clogged up. Be sure to book a car service with your local mechanic to narrow down what the exact problem and source of the popping noise is. If you find out that is an issue with the spark plugs then fear not, be sure to have a look at our broad range of spark plugs here at Powerspark Ignition.

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Popular Classic Cars Over the Years

Cars have been around since 1888 in which Karl Benz first introduced the first automobile to the world. Since then cars have been produced through the decades and a few have stood out and rose to popularity within the market. We have created a short list of a few cars In the eras that we at Powerspark prioritise. These are the 1950’s-80’s, be sure to check out our buy by vehicle page for information on needed parts for classic cars.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Starting off in the 1950s we have the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The two-seater classic car was first produced as a coupe in 1954 and then a roadster from 1957-63. The ‘SL’ caused confusion upon the release as Mercedes did not clarify what it stood for with many people coming to the conclusion of ‘Sport Leicht’ and this stayed as a constant with the car up until 2017 in which Mercedes clarified the meaning as ‘Super Leicht’ instead. The main body of the car is made up of sheet steel with the bonnet, boot lid, dashboard, sill, and door skins made of aluminum. Its engine is a 3.0L water-cooled tank which was based off their luxury 4-door car produced in 1951. The car is an overall classic however to purchase one in 2021 it will cost you almost £1 million! Contrasting to the price in the 1950s which today would be worth around £70,000.

1960s- Ford GT40

The Ford GT40 was a top of the range classic car in the 1960s, it was produced as an endurance racing car by the Ford Motor Company. The car was a rather successful racing car in the 1960s with racers winning many international titles and other honours. The Ford GT40 would go on to have several versions built later on in the 60s yet the original stood out amongst others and with light alloy bodies and other weight-saving modifications the car was a very popular car with racing drivers in the 1960s. At the time the car was worth around £15,000 and if you wanted to buy it in today’s market, a 1966 model recently sold for $12 million in 2018!

1970s- Range Rover Classic

Now we may be cheating a little with this one as it was first produced in 1969, however its popularity and hype all occurred in the 1970s so let us off with this one! The Range Rover that we know today and see thousands about on the roads, all originated from the Range Rover Classic of the 70s. It was first built as a 2-door SUV for its first 11 years until they developed a 4-door Range Rover in 1981. As the chassis was so heavy because it was an SUV, the main body of the car had to be fitted with light-weight aluminum. The original Range Rover Classic car was in production for over 26 concurrent years, this make it the 27th longest living single generation car of all time. The current price of a 1970 Range Rover Classic can range between £40,000-£50,000 and could be a great purchase for a classic car enthusiast or potentially an investment for the future.

1980s- DMC DeLorean

This car is undoubtedly the most famous on the list and this is not due to its popularity on the roads, rather the popularity the classic car created as a crucial part of one of the most iconic films of all time ‘Back to the Future’. The DeLorean is a rear-engine 2-door sports classic car which was produced between the years of 1981-83. Contrary to popular belief the car did not travel forward in time, however it’s famous gull-wing doors added a different dimension to the car and separated it from other cars being made in the 1980s. Practically it wasn’t the best to drive and a lot of people gave it criticism when it came to testing it out on the roads. Despite this, an estimated 6,500 DeLorean’s are still active on the roads today. The price will set you back around £30,000, which for a car as famous as this really is not a bad deal!

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The Best Finishes For Classic Cars

When you are buying a classic car, one of the main reasons for doing this is of course the look. Yes, you want it to be able to drive and function properly obviously but if the car does not look good then you are not going to drive it with the love and care it deserves. This is where a quality car finish comes in handy as if done to a professional standard, it can take a 4/10 car and make it look like a 8-9/10 classic car. Read on below for examples on the best finishes for classic cars.

Solid Finish

A solid finish is rather easy as solid colours are quite simple to apply. They are also one of the least expensive finishes to achieve however can still give your classic car that quality look. The colour options are a wide range of choices varying from midnight black to a bright white! The majority of cars on the road are painted with a solid finish as it is a very popular and cost effective choice.

Metallic Finish

A metallic finish is by no surprise, created by metal. The metal of choice is aluminum as it is a particularly light metal and is easy to apply. The metallic finish is based off aluminum and pigments which allows you to create any colour scheme of your choice, whether that is lime green or hot pink!

Candy Finish

Now we have all heard the phrase ‘eye-candy’ before and because of this it is very easy to imagine the effect that a candy finish will have on your classic car. The unique colour choices are created through a 3-step process. This consists of a reflective base, transparent coloured layer, as well as a clear coat layer to protect the design. This creates an effect on light as when the light makes contact with the candy finish, it passes through the clear layer and coloured layer and then is reflected back off the base. This creates the ‘candy’ look and makes the car look sweet. This process can be rather expensive however so only go with it if you are in the right financial position.

Pearl Finish

The pearl finish is one of the most transparent options for a classic car finish. It gives your classic car a shimmer in the light and is slightly richer than a metallic finish as the pigments are used differently. This is due to the pigments being involved in a multi-application process which in turn makes this option a better look than a metallic finish however it is also more expensive. Yet the finished sparkled coat that is produced with this process is well worth the price that you pay.

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Easy to Fix Problems With Classic Cars

If you own a classic car you should be more than aware of the problems that could come up if it is not properly looked after. If you do not keep on top of it then before you know you could be looking at a car primed for the scrapheap! Fortunately, the most common problems for a classic car have happened on so many occasions to the point where we have an easy fix solution for it. Read on below to see a few examples of easy to fix problems with classic cars.


Overheating occurs in all cars whether they are from the ’50s or have just come out of the factory! However, the more modern cars have better-suited technology to deal with these problems and this is not the case when it comes to classic cars. Some problems of overheating can be as follows; broken cooling fan, low coolant level, blocked radiator pipes, faulty thermostat ad a few others. To ensure that you can keep your car from overheating and in its best condition, keep the coolant level full and have it regularly checked by a mechanic to see if it’s a problem that you can fix yourself or that it may need professionally fixing.

Pest Infestation

Now, this point is unique to classic cars due to the age of the seats and just the car in general, if the car is not looked after properly this can become a very likely scenario. Any forgotten food samples or stains could also lead to an infestation for example you could be finding maggots in your rotten banana that you may have forgotten about in the glovebox! The obvious fix to this problem is to just deep clean your classic car, inspect it for any sources of food or residue. If the problem has escalated to the point of no return then you need to call pest control, numerous companies around the UK are well equipped to deal with automobiles. You should also get your classic car inspected for any cracks or crevices that possible infestations could inhabit.

Malfunctioning Brake

This is a very important part of your driving experience so if your classic car is starting to have malfunctioning brakes then you need to get this fixed urgently. Every car will eventually have its braking system collapse, it is just the way wear and tear occur over time. However, within a classic car, this is much more frequent and dangerous. Additionally, classic cars do not tend to have indications such a brake lights or voice warnings to alert the driver that the brakes are malfunctioning! If you sense that your brakes are a little loose or less responsive then you should go and get your car serviced immediately. Ensure your brake liquid is filled up to the required level, this will further sustain the functionality of the brakes in your classic car.

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Why Are Classic Cars So Popular?

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.

Investment Opportunities

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.

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