A Womans Guide to Classic Cars and Why Men Love Them


The special yet often infuriating relationship between man and mechanics is long-lasting, stemming from the very early days of mechanical engineering hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Man has always been fascinated with vehicles since the concept of an engine was first introduced and this fascination has only grown over time with the development of modern cars. The bond that men traditionally have with their classic cars, however, is a whole new love affair.

What is a Classic Car?

A classic car is usually defined as any vehicle that is older than 25 years, but opinions vary across the world. In Britain, we also often consider antique cars as classic cars. Antique cars are generally a lot older than 25 years with some rare vehicles having passed the 100 years mark. In Britain antique cars can be further defined into three categories: Veteran (pre WWI), Vintage (1919-1930) and Post-Vintage (1930s).

So Why Do Men Buy Classic Cars?

Obviously, we’re not generalising here. There are plenty of women out there who love classic cars too, and there are plenty of men who are completely indifferent to old-school vehicles. But traditionally (as many hapless wives, mothers and daughters will testify) men seem to have a stronger bond with these amazing feats of engineering. For some men, their classic car may have been their ultimate dream as a child, a car they owned as a toy and played with all day long, hoping to one day be able to drive and own it for themselves. For others, they may be proud to own a rare and unique vehicle that isn’t a common sight when they are out driving on the roads. Classic cars are very stylish and turn the heads of many whilst driving down the street. Some classic vehicles are thought of as pieces of art in comparison to the cars that are being produced today.

A Piece of History

Some men buy classic cars because they are a piece of history that they can own and touch. They’re excited to be able to drive such a valuable piece of engineering and believe they’re following in the footsteps of the vehicle’s original owners, who may have enjoyed the same experience of the car decades ago.

Another explanation as to why men love their classic cars so dearly is the sense of nostalgia they may conjure. Owning a classic car can take you back to a happy time or certain memory. For example, a man may buy a classic car because it reminds him of his parents and a certain holiday or day-trip they had enjoyed together as a family.

A Worthwhile Investment

Classic cars may also be purchased for investment purposes. These days the bank’s base rate offers very few prospects for those who want to make their cash work harder, so more and more people are turning to other investment channels for better rewards. Classic cars are especially great investments because their owner has something to show for their money and can make actual use of their investment. It’s a physical asset that has a practical purpose yet also generates cash in the longer term (as long as it’s properly looked after, of course).

The classic car can also be refurbished to all of its former and original glory and then sold on at classic car auctions, where equally enthusiastic buyers wish to purchase a unique vehicle. Some classic cars have actually been known to double or triple in price at auctions.

You may be cynical of your other half’s undying commitment to his classic car, but clearly there are a number of reasons why he pays his vehicle so much love and attention. Every man needs his passion, as they say, and classic cars certainly provide their owners with an unconditional distraction from the trials and tribulations of life!

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