Start­ing HAN­DLE

Danny Hop­kins spares a thought for for­got­ten col­lec­tions

Practical Classics (UK) - - CLASSIC WORLD -

As you walk the NEC halls, gaz­ing at the amaz­ing ef­forts of own­ers who have gone be­yond the realms of rea­son (and of­ten san­ity) to cre­ate ob­jects of per­fec­tion, have a think about the hours that go into mak­ing them shine. None of this stuff – as many of you know – hap­pens by ac­ci­dent.

The road to clas­sic re­vival is long and com­plex and, it ap­pears, pres­sures of time and money mean that these days, some re­ally im­por­tant cars are fall­ing by the way­side. For ex­am­ple, the unique Austin 3 Litre col­lec­tion we fea­tured in the Jan­uary 2016 is­sue has be­come vul­ner­a­ble, after the sad death of owner Mal­colm Stephens.

Res­cued ini­tially by en­thu­si­ast Jerry Ansell, they are now up for sale and there is a dan­ger that the cars might end up on an oval near you. Sadly, rar­ity still adds ku­dos to a banger rac­ing choice and, in the case of all three cars in­volved – Austin 3 Litre limou­sine, am­bu­lance and hearse – we might lose unique parts of our mo­tor­ing her­itage for good. To avoid this, en­thu­si­asts need to step up and make an of­fer (con­tact Neil Kidby via email at [email protected] austin three litre. co.uk for de­tails). It won’t make fi­nan­cial sense to re­store them, given 3 Litre val­ues, but to me that isn’t the point and never has been. The re­vival of unique mo­tors is a price­less en­deav­our, so here’s a pledge: if you buy and re­store these cars, PC will fea­ture you – that’s a prom­ise.

Fi­nally, here’s the im­por­tant moral of the story. If you have a col­lec­tion of cars, or you are part way through a restora­tion, for good­ness sake, make sure you have a suc­ces­sion plan in place. None of us can pre­dict what the fu­ture holds, so if your clas­sic is im­por­tant to you, plan for its fu­ture – so one day it might have a its chance to shine at the NEC.

‘If your car is im­por­tant to you, do plan for its fu­ture’

Are you the per­son to save this 3 Litre limo?

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