WHAT CAN YOU DO?
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.