For many people, classic cars represent a piece of automotive history and an expression of personal style. This is why they often hold a special place in their owner’s hearts, as cherished possessions they want to protect and preserve for years. At South Downs Secure, based in Hampshire, we’re always delighted that we can help people store their classic cars. But what defines a classic car? We hope to answer that question in this month’s article. Read on for all the details.
What defines a classic car?
Technically one might consider any car over 40 years old to be a ‘classic’ car, or in official terms, a ‘historic vehicle’. However, the term classic has become entirely subjective and sets the cat amongst the pigeons in the automotive world. Rightly or wrongly, more and more adolescent cars are being unofficially awarded the grand title of ‘classic’.
This change in perception has come about as the way we view cars has changed dramatically in recent years. The influx of hybrids and EVs has shifted what we require from the humble automobile. Many people consider the car a mode of transport, an appliance that facilitates moving from A to B. This new approach to motoring has only fuelled the interest in the traditional classic car and allowed more modern cars to be seen as classics.
In short, there is no single definition of what constitutes a classic car, as it can vary depending on factors such as age, rarity, and historical significance. It can also come down to professional automotive reviews or insider tips on future desirability.
Occasionally, a car’s legendary status can come down to its complete and utter failure and lack of desire upon release. Controversy can stir up a story that clings to a car’s history. Then, one day, someone looks back and says, ‘this is interesting’. Tastes change with the times, and even the strangest, oddest and ugliest design can slowly morph into a triumph of creativity.
Are you hoping to invest?
Buyers often seek advice when considering an investment in the classic car market. However, I tend to think you should buy with your heart. Of course, some cars are considered cast iron when investing, but it’s more fun to buy something because you’ll enjoy owning it and, more importantly, driving it! If it turns out to be a good investment, that’s the icing on the cake!
Storing classic cars:
Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of storing classic cars at our purpose-built, Hampshire-based storage facility and, among them, some of the world’s most desirable cars. These include a bucket list of cars to own, as it were, but the ones that stand out for me would be a famous track veteran Aston Martin DB4GT, a Mercedes Maybach G650 Landaulet, Porsche 993 GT2, Ferrari F12 TDF, Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and a pre-war Aston Martin International.
Already a classic owner?
Do you want to keep your official or unofficial classic in the best condition possible? Well, it’s important to consider the environment where it will spend most of its time. At South Downs Secure, we ensure that we maintain the optimum conditions for your car.
- We’ll keep the air quality high with a specific relative humidity of 55%. This is the absolute minimum to make sure your classic stays in its best condition.
- We ensure your car is protected with a soft, breathable cover.
- We’ll keep the battery in good health at all times.
- Finally, we’ll keep a watchful eye on fluid levels and tyre health to ensure you can drive your car whenever you want.
Most importantly, we provide peace of mind that your cherished vehicle is safe and secure. With everything taken care of, you only need to enjoy the drive in Hampshire and beyond!
If you’d like to know how we can help you store your classic car, contact us HERE. We’re based in Hampshire and convenient for Goodwood in West Sussex.