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    I'm a comparitively old git who's been driving on my GFs insurance for years but now think it's time to get my own insurance.

    Which 'Classic' car should I buy. I'd be happy with a battered old Moggy or MkI/MkII Escort etc.

    Something that's reasonable in price that I can maintain myself?
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    depends what you want and the budget and how classic you want to go

    b's sprites, spitfires et al are always popular, with a big enthusiast base to help you along, some capri's come under the classic quota, jaguar xjs' etc are a few of the classics Im a fan of personally *drools* have a weak spot for the capris at the moment for some reason..
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    Moggies are nice, I drive a 2CV which is horribly cheap to run... MGBs are beautiful but a bit thirsty for my liking.
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    Depends on a lot of things.
    The classic car world is even more diverse than the modern car world.

    What do you want?
    A hatch? Sporty saloon? A not so sporty saloon? 2 door sports? Grand Tourer? an estate?

    Then you need to decide what type of power plant you want - small and frugal or big lazy and powerful?

    What you call "reasonable in price" i.e budget - You're not going to get a '57 Chevy nomad for a few hundred quid for example!



    My advice is pick something that is a typically a mainstream classic with a good owners club scene. That way, you'll always be able to get parts and if you choose indulge in it there'll be a social scene you could tap in to.

    On that basis, more often than not 70's tin is easier to maintain than 60's tin which is a lot more easy to maintain than 50's tin. OK that's a very broad generalisation, but I think it holds true for the most part.
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    As I've got a Beetle I would say get a Beetle but that's a slightly bias opinion.

    Generally though with classics you can get cheap insurance (I'm 19 and mine has just been renewed for £300), cheap spares/replacements (they don't go wrong as often as people suggest) and similarly when they do go wrong you can save cash by working on it yourself easily. The only time in my 34hp car I loose out is when cruising on motorways when I have to stick to 60-65 with the odd 70mph creeping in during overtaking but that just means leaving a few minutes earlier.

    But as said by JC there is a massive choice of classics out there for whatever driving requirement you have.
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    Thanks guys. It's partly the insurance but like you all say, the maintenace as well. I'm practical and can have a go at maintaining it myself.

    So much choice. Is there a website that specialises? I know somebody will probably do the old 'Let me Google that for you' but I'm asking for peoples experiences here rather than just a list of websites that do it.
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    Get yourself a Mini.
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    (Original post by Perfect_Gent)
    So much choice. Is there a website that specialises? I know somebody will probably do the old 'Let me Google that for you' but I'm asking for peoples experiences here rather than just a list of websites that do it.
    Specialises in what? Selling classics generally? Obviously ebay/autotrader are good sources to have a glance at but once you have an idea at what specific make/model you want you can start looking at one of the many specific car websites, clubs and magazines that are around.

    For example when I was looking at buying my beetle I checked out volkszone.com (largest VW UK forum) as well as 2 wildly circulated magazines (Volksworld and VW Ultra) to see what was going on and get a rough idea for prices.
 
 
 
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