IS MY CAR A CLASSIC?

Classics Monthly - - Fuel - Jeff Wor­rell

through the golden arches of classic sta­tus. As a rule of thumb, a classic can be deemed a car that has man­aged to sur­vive for over 25 years and an emerg­ing, or mod­ern classic is one reg­is­tered be­fore or not long af­ter the new style seven digit num­ber plates came into force in Septem­ber 2001. Ed. Jeff – I think at 30 years old, you can safely say your BMW 520i is now well Peter’s 1998 BMW 528i au­to­matic, as my wife prefers the auto gear­box. Again, an­other great car. Wish­ing you ev­ery con­tin­ued suc­cess with your magazine. I last wrote to Clas­sics Monthly in 2009 when my BMW 520i was 21 years old and asked just one ques­tion, “Is my car a classic yet”? Nine more years on and the car’s now 30 years old and I'm ask­ing the same ques­tion again. The 520i is a fan­tas­ti­cally re­li­able car that is my pre­ferred daily run­ner. It has now done 159,803 miles and only needed rou­tine main­te­nance plus brake discs, bat­tery and the front grille metal re­placed.

The over­all build qual­ity is ex­cel­lent and the en­gine just purrs along. It starts first time, even with long breaks be­tween us­ing it. I only do about 4000 miles per year now but this car has given such ex­cel­lent ser­vice to me over the last 16 years, that I feel it de­serves much long over­due recog­ni­tion.

The photo’s I have in­cluded were taken at the lo­cal garage in New­town, Powys, Mid-Wales. The garage is a third gen­er­a­tion, fam­ily run and owned and has al­ways given ex­cel­lent ser­vice when look­ing af­ter this ve­hi­cle. That is why I wanted to in­clude the garage in the photos. I bought the BMW from the garage owner, Peter Humphreys, in 2002 when he re­luc­tantly de­cided to part com­pany with it. I have also bought

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