Starting a Classic Car Collection

Truly dedicated car enthusiasts everywhere love the classic car. Buying and restoring classic cars is a much-loved hobby enjoyed by many all over the world, and you may be wondering how to get started with accumulating your favorites. This guide should help you. 


First and foremost, you’re not going to get far without the appropriate space needed to store your cars. If you have plenty of outside space, you could consider adding some simple garages or enclosures. If you don’t have space, you could enquire about using a warehouse facility that’s affordable and near to where you live. Don’t be tempted to keep them outside. The elements will not be kind, and your precious cars will be exposed to rusting, causing long-term damage. 

Research and cost  

You may already have in mind a classic car that you would like to purchase first. However, it is good to explore availability and cost to help you plan and budget. Unlike contemporary cars, you can’t just walk into a dealership and purchase a Ford Cortina Mklll or Citroen DS, so you may need to do a little digging to find your first buy. 

Prices vary a lot, so it may be a cheaper option to ship your car from overseas or a different state. If your heart is set on the Jaguar XJ-S but is located thousands of miles away, do not fear, some companies provide countrywide vehicle transportation with insurance to cover any accidents. There are a variety of options, and it is a simple process. 


It may be that your interest in starting a classic car collection is about renovating them to their former glory. Many online classic car retailers sell old cars specifically for renovation purposes. If you are on a tight budget, sites such as eBay or cars and classic often have good deals, so it’s worth keeping an eye on them. 

When you purchase your first classic car, be sure to scout out local vehicle salvage centers for parts from a similar car, this is by far the cheapest option, and is satisfying to know you’ve picked up what you need fairly cheaply or free.  

Another good tip is to join a classic car group on Facebook or locally. There will likely be classic car experts willing to share crucial information and advice on restoring your car and ones to add to your collection. A shared hobby is a beautiful thing, and you will probably gain a few new friends along the way. You could even enroll in a night class or course to help you gain some vital skills in getting your car looking as good as new. 


If you just can’t choose what cars to add to your collection because you’d quite happily restore every classic car on the planet, then you could think about a theme. Just like choosing anything, such as an interior décor or the food you eat, focus on your specific likes and dislikes such as color, style, make and model, etc. If Fords make your heart miss a beat and tremble at the knees, then focus on locating and comparing as many classic Fords as you can. Once you’ve bought one and either resorted it or renovated it, you can then start gradually adding to your collection. 

There are other themes you could choose; you may love the ascetics of having several red vehicles occupying your allocated space, or you may have a soft spot for the ancient sports cars.

Whatever you decide, a hobby brings joy and happiness, and that’s what life’s all about. 

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