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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - by Richard Bar­nett

‘Adopt a more broad-minded ap­proach’

If you’re look­ing for a clas­sic and think­ing about buy­ing from an auc­tion, you might be wor­ried that are no af­ford­able cars out there. Be­lieve me, there are.

You might not be able to buy ex­actly the car you’re af­ter, but if you go in with your eyes open and adopt a more broad­minded ap­proach, you should find some­thing within your bud­get that meets your re­quire­ments. It’s easy to get sucked into the hype of ‘here’s the car you should be buy­ing’, but an auc­tion­eer friend of mine re­cently stated the ob­vi­ous – buy the car you like. It’s as sim­ple as that.

The rea­son I so of­ten seek out the ‘al­ter­na­tives’ is be­cause they of­fer bet­ter value for money. And those al­ter­na­tives mean fel­low en­thu­si­asts, or those new to the hobby, won’t feel priced out be­fore they’ve even be­come an owner. My ad­vice? Have a look on auc­tion­eers’ web­sites for what’s in their next sale. But have a RE­ALLY good look, even con­sid­er­ing cars that you might pre­vi­ously have passed by. There are a great many cars out there and you don’t have to fol­low the main­stream crowd to find one that ap­peals to you.

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