While you might want to tell everyone about your piece of history in the garage, keeping it under wraps (in a literal sense of the word) is sometimes a good idea. Cars left outside are incredibly likely to rust from exposure to the wind, rain, snow and sun (as well as everything else the Great British summer likes to throw at them), which can take them to the point of no repair. Investing in a high-quality, soft cotton cover for your beloved (and/or keeping it in the garage if you have one) can add years to any buy – a small sacrifice that makes a huge difference!
It’s all in the Detail…
One of the biggest enemies for a healthy motor? Dirt. A regular detail clean is without doubt one of the best things you can do to care for your car; preventing rust, chipped paint and general faults in its performance (plus it’s a great way to appreciate the handmade features so few motors adorn today). Try and reach every dark corner of your purchase and keep it as spotless as you’d like to find it; the perfect Sunday afternoon activity and surprisingly fun (as long as it’s not raining, that is…)
It’s the little things
Little touches and constant care can make a huge difference to the running of your motor, keeping it looking fresh without huge expense. For example, simple actions like leaving your hand break off (and using chocks if you’re on a hill) can prevent cables snapping, while a good old-fashioned wax every few weeks can keep it looking as beautiful as it runs. Don’t forget, shabby accessories can have a huge impact on the car; keep your upholstery in spotless order and your classic number plates up to speed and your mileage will keep up too!
While there’s a temptation to keep your motor as a museum piece; to be seen and not enjoyed, your car was designed to move – not just look pretty! Take your vintage pride and joy out for a drive at least once a month to avoid corrosion, prevent sticky clutches and keep all the key parts healthy and running. Leaving your car too long without a good run can prevent it from getting started, and driving is the only way to spot some minor faults that could become major problems.
So, if you stick to these rules, you’ll enjoy a long happy life together.