London Classic Car Show Approaching

It isn’t long before the next annual London Classic Car Show takes place at its new venue. Readers will be interested to hear that the event gets underway on the 20th February 2020 and lasts until the 23rd February 2020.

The new location is at Olympia, Kensington, London and it promises to prove to be of great interest to classic car enthusiasts. If you take a look at their website you will see that there is an awful lot happening. In fact, you don’t have to be mad on classic cars to enjoy a day out at the event – just having a liking for cars in general should be sufficient.

Tickets can be bought in advance of the show at a price of £25 for a standard adult ticket but if you pay on the door on the day such a ticket will cost you £30. A ticket for a child aged 6 to 16 will cost £20 in advance but £22 on the day. A family ticket will cost you £75 in advance. These prices seem reasonable bearing in mind what you will be able to see on the day.

You will be able to look at in excess of 500 cars at the show with some fantastic classic vehicles on display. The show will be celebrating 50 years of the Range Rover that has been building luxury 4-wheel drive cars for an awful long time. For instance, you can view a Range Rover Classic Reborn from 1974, Range Rover Vogue LSE from 1994 or a Range Rover Velar SV Autobiography Dynamic from 2019 to name but a few.

Would you like to own a 1973 Ferrari 246GT Dino? Well, one is being auctioned at the show with an estimated sale price of £210,000 to £260,000.

There are too many exhibitors to mention here but you can find a comprehensive list on the London Classic Car Show website. To give you an idea, there will be Aston Martin Works, Classic Car Chroming, Coys, Fiat 500 Club, Lancia Motor Club, Classic and Sports Car Paint Finishing, Porsche Club of Great Britain and The Classic Car Company to name but a few.

There will be a number of talks that will appeal to the classic car enthusiast.

So, get your tickets booked in advance to save yourself a few pounds and get along to this wonderful classic car event. It promises to be a great occasion and gives you the chance to see a number of fantastic looking classic vehicles all at the same location.

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Car Insurance Premiums Increase

If you own a classic car then it is also quite likely that you will also possess a family car that you use every day. You will also no doubt have them insured so you will not be pleased to read that car insurance premiums have, on average, risen in the last year.

Every quarter, Confused.com, a well-known price comparison website, produces its Car Insurance Price Index. It provides certain information relating to the cost of fully comprehensive car insurance premiums and has been doing so for a number of years. It makes for interesting reading and can be found on their website but we thought we would highlight some of the figures. It is quite possible that if premiums have been increasing for insuring a normal family saloon car that the same may have happened with classic car insurance premiums.

Look what has happened to average fully comprehensive car insurance premiums over the last four quarters: –

Q1 2019          £762 per annum

Q2 2019          £789 per annum

Q3 2019          £783 per annum

Q4 2019          £815 per annum

As you can see, the average cost of insuring a car with the above type of policy has risen every quarter last year apart from in the third quarter when there was a small reduction of £6 per annum. Premiums have gone up by £41 per annum in the last year and this is most concerning and one cannot help but wander what is going to happen with car insurance premiums over the next twelve months.

Young motorists come off worst with 18 year olds having to pay more for their car insurance than any other age. The average amount paid by someone of that age for fully comprehensive car insurance is £2,130 per annum. That is £147 per annum more than what they were paying a year ago – a large increase and something that the young driver could have done without. Get to 38 years of age and you pay a lot less – an average of £672 per annum. A 69 year old is being charged an average of £481 per annum.

The above index also looks at what is happening to car insurance premiums on a regional basis. The most expensive region to live in to insure your family car is in Inner London with premiums averaging £1,260 per annum. Unfortunately, people living in that region will be disappointed to read that is an increase of £91 per annum when compared with a year ago.

If you are looking for classic car insurance then why not get in touch and we will be pleased to help you obtain a competitive quotation without any obligation to proceed.

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Quality Classic Cars To Be Sold By RM Sotheby’s

Classic car enthusiasts who are thinking of buying such a vehicle may like to attend RM Sotheby’s Paris auction of classic cars on the 5th February 2020 as there are some wonderful vehicles being offered for sale. Below we mention just some of those vehicles with more information being available on the auctioneer’s website.

Why not cast your eyes over a 1946 Delahaye 135 Cabriolet. This is a beautiful looking open topped two-seater classic car that has an estimated sale price of 350,000 to 450,000 Euros. It has been shown at a number of councours events. The bodywork is in a two colour scheme and has been restored. It has lovely looking red leather seats.

There is a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL “Pagoda” that is being offered for sale with an estimated sale price of 60,000 to 80,000 Euros. It has a “Pagoda” hard top as well as a soft top and has an automatic gearbox and is also air conditioned. This two-seater sports car has light coloured leather seats.

If you have a significantly larger budget then you may wish to peruse a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing with an estimated sale price of 800,000 to 1,200,000 Euros. It has its original engine. It has silver coloured bodywork and delightful red leather seats. This classic vehicle will no doubt attract a great deal of attention.

A 1967 ISO Grifo GL Series 1 is being offered for sale with an estimated price of 200,000 to 250,000 Euros. You will be interested to read that only 200 of these Series 1 vehicles were manufactured. Its original owner was Bobby Hatfield who was a singer with the Righteous Brothers. It has beige leather seating.

Those of you who are Jaguar fans may wish to have a look at a 1959 Jaguar XK 150 S 3.4 Roadster that has an estimates sale price of 140,000 to 180,000 Euros. It still has its original bodywork that has been restored in dark blue and also its original engine. This vehicle will certainly catch the eye of many a passer-by.

If you have a bigger budget then how about an open-topped 1937 SS 100 Jaguar 3 and ½ litre Roadster that has an estimated sale price of 350,000 to 400,000 Euros. It is quite rare as only 118 were built. It has taken part in a number of vintage rallies. When built it could almost get to a top speed of 100mph. The bodywork is in racing green and the car has been restored.

So, if we have whetted your appetite, why not consider taking a trip to Paris to attend the above auction of classic cars.

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Why Use A Specialist Classic Car Insurer?

If you are in the process of buying a classic car, whether it be for the first time or you have owned many such vehicles over the years, you will no doubt want to make sure that your cherished vehicle is suitably insured. As you will discover or are already aware there are many providers of such cover so how do you go about sourcing classic car insurance?

It will not come as a surprise to read that one of the most popular ways to source such valuable cover is through the Internet. If you type the words “classic car insurance” into your search engine’s browser you will be presented with numerous websites offering such cover.

In some cases, you may be able to obtain a competitive quotation online or you could pick up the phone to discuss your requirements.  If you use the services of a specialist classic car insurer then you will hopefully be able to speak to a person who has many years experience in assisting people looking for suitable cover here in the UK. He or she should be able to tailor-make a policy specific to your requirements. For instance, if you have bought a classic car that requires a significant amount of restoration work before you take it out for a leisurely drive then you may only require Laid Up cover until the vehicle is roadworthy with this level of cover being cheaper than fully comprehensive cover.

A specialist classic car insurer, when appropriate, should also be able to assist with arranging an Agreed Value policy rather than the vehicle just being insured for its market value. You may also be able to benefit from a discount on your classic car insurance policy if you are a member of a classic car owner’s club.

So, if you are looking for a quotation to insure your classic car, you may wish to consider using the services of a specialist insurer.

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Reasonably Priced Classic Cars Sold At Auction

You will be pleased to read that you don’t have to be a millionaire to be able to afford to buy a classic car. This is borne out by the price some classic vehicles were sold for at a recent H and H classic car auction that took place online on the 4th December 2019.

For instance, a 1955 Wolseley 4/44 Saloon that had an estimated sale price of £1,800 to £2,200 was actually sold for £1,200. This vehicle has been in the same ownership for 17 years during which time it had been kept in dry storage.

A 1957 Austin A35 Saloon that had an estimated sale price of £4,000 to £5,000 was sold for £3,866.67. It has an MOT until July 2020. It is said to have had 5 owners. In the region of £2,500 has recently been spent on the vehicle. It is believed to have done less than 60,000 miles.

A 1968 MG C GT that had an estimated sale price of £8,000 to £10,000 was sold for £7,350. It is a 2 plus 2 seater lovely looking sports car that was refurbished back in the 1990s. It still has its original engine.

A 4 berth 1977 Volkswagen Type 2 Camper Van that had an estimated sale price of £6,000 to £7,000 was actually sold for £5,850. Its bodywork is in a pale blue with a white elevating roof. It has a rock n roll bed and is equipped with a sink, cooker and fridge.

A 1976 Triumph Stag that had an estimated sale price of £7,000 to £9,000 was sold for £10,125. This classic hard topped sports car has an MOT until July 2020. It has 84,000 miles on the clock. It is automatic and comes with a V8 3.0 litre engine. It has recently been subject to recommissioning.

A lovely looking dark blue 1968 MG C Roadster that had an estimated sale price of £17,000 to £20,000 was sold for £16,916.67. It has black leather seating. It was subject to a restoration in the 1990s. This classic sports car will no doubt catch the eye of many a passer by.

Yes, there are classic cars sold for £millions but, as you can see, there were many classic vehicles sold at the above auction for a reasonable price. The new owners will no doubt have arranged suitable classic car insurance but, if not, perhaps they would like to get in touch with us and we will endeavor to help them obtain quality, competitive cover.

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Classic Cars Sold At Bonhams Auction

The Bonhams MPH November Auction of classic cars took place on the 26th November 2019 in Bicester. Some of you who have an interest in classic cars may have got along to the event but for those of you who did not manage to get their we thought we would mention a few of the vehicles that were sold on the day.

Porsche lovers will be interested to read that a 1968 Porsche 911 SWB was sold for £59,166 including the premium. The bodywork is in a lovely Polo Red. It is said to have 100 miles on the clock so is a very low mileage. It has been subject to restoration that included a respray and the gearbox and engine being attended to. The black leather interior was renewed.

A 1962 AC Greyhound Bristol was sold for £60,187 to include the premium. This is a delightful looking two-seater sports car that would attract the attention of any passers by. It was restored 20 years ago and has had the Bristol 2.2 litre inline six 125bhp engine rebuilt. It was resprayed this year in Aston Martin Dunhill Silver. It has a wooden dashboard and has 61,000 miles on the clock.

A 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL was sold for £57,375 including the premium. It is left hand drive and has a hardtop. It has been subject to restoration some time ago so needs some work doing to it. It sounds like this could be an interesting project for someone who loves Mercedes-Benz.

Something a little different – a 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab Pick Up was sold for £42,750 including the premium. It has red/black bodywork. It has been fully restored at a cost of around £120,000. It really does look the part that anyone with a love of classic vehicles would be proud to own.

A 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 11 2+2 Coupe was sold for £32,062 to include the premium. It has been converted from left-hand to right-hand drive. It is said to have 39,444 miles on the clock. It really does look lovely with red bodywork and it also has wire wheels and a black interior with a wooden steering wheel.

If you are looking for quality, competitive classic car insurance then why not get in touch with us and we will be pleased to offer our assistance.

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Interesting Classic Cars To Be Auctioned In Abu Dhabi

RM Sotheby’s is renowned for arranging the auction of interesting classic cars around the world. Another of their auctions is to take place in Abu Dhabi on the 30th November 2019 but you will need a reasonably sized bank balance to be able to afford most of the cars being offered for sale.

For instance, how about a fantastic looking 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series 1 by Bertone.  This classic sports car is sure to catch the attention of a lot of people that it passes by. It still has its original engine. It has a V12 3.9 litre engine providing a huge amount of power making this an extremely fast car. It has had a respray in its original colour scheme. It sounds like it is in good condition and comes with an estimated sale price of $400,000 to $500,000.

You often come across a Ferrari being sold at auction so you will no doubt not be surprised to read that a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti is being offered for sale at the above auction so it will probably attract quite a bit of interest from Ferrari enthusiasts. This classic sports car is said to have been fully restored. It has a nippy V12 engine and comes with electric windows and air conditioning. It has an estimated sale price of $500,000 to $700,000.

Still focusing on the Ferrari, you may wish to cast your eyes over a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina. Only 200 of these beautiful looking open-topped classic sports cars were built making it quite rare and highly desirable. The original owner of the vehicle was Prince Abdallah Moulay – brother of King Hassan 11 of Morocco. It has an estimated sale price of $1,600,000 to $1,800,000 so you will certainly need to dig deep into your pocket if you want to buy this classic vehicle.

Those of you who are keen Porsche car enthusiasts may like the look of a Signal Yellow 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring. It has its original engine and has been subject to a full restoration.  Only 87 of them were finished in the above colour scheme. It has an overhauled 2.8 litre engine producing around 210bhp making this a very quick classic sports car. This delightful vehicle has an estimated sale price of $750,000 to $850,000.

You can find numerous other interesting vehicles that are being offered for sale at the above auction on the website of RM Sotheby’s.

If you are considering investing in a classic sports car then you will no doubt want to make sure that you have quality, competitively priced classic car insurance in place to provide you with peace of mind. So, why not let us help you obtain a suitable quotation without any obligation.

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Servicing Your Classic Car

If you happen to be the proud owner of a classic or vintage car then you will no doubt want to keep it in good working order. After all, you may have spent many tens of thousands of pounds or even hundreds of thousands of pounds in buying such a vehicle.

So, how do you go about servicing the vehicle? Well, if you are mechanically minded when it comes to cars, you could consider doing the work yourself. You would probably get a great deal of personal satisfaction by getting under the bonnet of your cherished vehicle and providing it with some tender loving care. Do bear in mind that the engine in a classic car is no doubt going to be somewhat different to that of a modern family car.

Not only will you check under the bonnet but you will also no doubt need to make some other checks including making sure that the tyres are legal and that the brakes do their job effectively. If anything needs replacing then you may wish to be selective in terms of where you source genuine spare parts. There are car part companies who do supply parts suitable for a classic or vintage vehicle so make sure you shop around if you are going to service your own classic car.

If you are not able to carry out the servicing on your classic vehicle yourself then you could consider using a garage that specialises in looking after classic cars. So, how do you go about finding a garage that services classic vehicles? Well, you could contact the classic car club specific to the make of car you have and they may be able to recommend a suitable garage. Alternatively, you could do a search in your Internet browser by typing something like “classic car servicing uk” or to be more specific, if you own a classic jaguar car, you could type say “classic car servicing uk – jaguar” into your browser and this will hopefully give you some options re classic car servicing.

There is a lot to be said for recommendations. So, before choosing which garage to service your classic car, you could always ask them for the names and contact details of two or three of their existing customers to find out if they were pleased with the work undertaken. Spend as much time as you think necessary in making your selection.

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Cost Of Car Insurance Goes Up

Motorists will be disappointed to read that the cost of insuring their cars has gone up over the last year for many policyholders according to the Confused.com Car Insurance Price Index. Although the index relates to insuring standard vehicles it is quite possible that the cost of insuring a classic car has also risen.

The above index is produced on a quarterly basis and, according to the most recent one published for the third quarter of 2019, the average cost of fully comprehensive cover has risen by £23 in the twelve month period to the third quarter of 2019. That equates to a rise of 3%. The average cost of such cover was £783 per annum.

On a positive note, premiums have fallen slightly when compared with the second quarter of 2019 when the average cost of such cover was £789 per annum.

It is the younger motorist who pays more for their car insurance. The most expensive cover is for those aged 18 with the average cost of fully comprehensive car insurance costing £2,067 per annum. That is more than some young drivers will be paying each month in car loan repayments. The biggest rise in premiums is for drivers who are 23 years of age who have, on average, seen the cost of their cover going up by £45 per annum over the last year to £1,306 per annum.

The index also looked at the average cost of such cover on a regional basis and found that Northern Ireland motorists saw the biggest increase in premiums. In the last year, premiums have risen by 8% to an average of £942 per annum. That is an increase of £69 per annum. The region where motorists pay the most is in Inner London with premiums averaging £1,213 per annum.

The above figures are concerning and it is to be hoped that premiums start to fall going forward. We will continue to update our readers periodically about the cost of car insurance in the coming months.

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Auction Of Some Low Priced Classic Vehicles

You don’t have to be wealthy to own a classic car as can be seen from the H and H classic car online auction that is to take place today. If you look on their website you will see many vehicles with an estimated price of below £10,000. Of course, some vehicles will no doubt need some work doing on them but that is one of the things that appeals to a number of classic car enthusiasts who enjoy the challenge of a restoration project.

For instance, how about a 1962 Standard Ensign De Luxe that has an estimated price of £1,000 to £1,500. Apparently it requires recommissioning. It has been in the same ownership since 2012.

Why not cast your eyes over a 1972 MG B Roadster in blue. Imagine taking this delightful looking open topped sports car out for a run on a lovely sunny afternoon through the country lanes. This has an estimated sale price of £4,000 to £5,000. It is said to have 73,000 miles on the clock and has been subject to some restoration work in 2001. It also has an MOT until June 2020.

If you are looking for something a little bigger then perhaps a 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow with an estimated sale price of £7,000 to £9,000. It has 79,222 miles on the clock and has an MOT until June 2020. It has had two previous owners.

Have you thought about a 1978 Reliant Scimitar GTE SE6A with an estimated sale price of £2,500 to £3,500. This vehicle has been in the same ownership for 31 years.

Do you remember the Austin Allegro? In its time, there were many on the roads. Well a 1978 Austin Allegro 1500 Special is being offered for sale with an estimated price of £3,000 to £5,000.It is said to only have 16,500 miles on the clock. It has only had one private owner.

Why not peruse a 1936 Austin 12/4 Light Ascot Saloon that has an estimated sale price of £4,500 to £5,500. It has been in the same ownership for 7 years and is said to have been used on a regular basis by the individual.

A 1970 Austin-Healey Sprite MKIV has an estimated sale price of £4,000 to £5,000 and is said to have been restored in 2009. It has been in the same ownership since 2010. This soft-topped two seater white sports car really does look the part.

If you require classic car insurance then why not get in touch with us and we will be pleased to assist in arranging a competitive quotation without any obligation.

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