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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

It’s not eco­nom­i­cally vi­able for man­u­fac­tur­ers to put some parts back into pro­duc­tion and some mod­ern clas­sics were made by now-de­funct man­u­fac­tur­ers. Con­se­quently part sup­plies dry up. This leaves three op­tions.

■ IM­PORT PARTS Im­port­ing com­po­nents from third-party man­u­fac­tur­ers or from sources of new old stock over­seas can be straight­for­ward. This has been the ap­proach taken by clubs such as the VW Cor­rado Club. It has or­dered head­lamp switches in bulk from China, which it now sells onto its mem­bers.

■ RE­MAKE SMALL BATCHES Re­place­ment parts can be pro­duced in a limited batch for the right price. Some com­pa­nies such as Lon­don based 3Dealise al­ready pro­duce parts on a 3D printer. It re­man­u­fac­tured a single-cylin­der en­gine from 1912 and dis­played it at the Lon­don Clas­sic Car Show on 18-21 Fe­bru­ary.

■ BUY A PARTS CAR. Scour the clas­si­fieds for the right car be­ing bro­ken and buy the rare parts. Or buy the en­tire car for its parts – though this de­pends if you have the space.

Buy­ing an en­tire spares car can work out cheaper than pick­ing up in­di­vid­ual parts in the long run. Space can be a prob­lem though.

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