DON’T MAKE YOUR CLASSIC HIBERNATE
I enjoyed reading your editorial about driving your classics through the winter. Hear hear! I too get a little fed up of people hibernating their cars for fear of them dissolving before their eyes.
I have had a number of classics over the past 18 years or so – a Capri 280, a Jaguar XJS, a Datsun 260Z, a Rover 3500S and, currently, a Volvo P1800S. I drive them all year round - only keeping them off the road if they throw salt down. I owned each car about four to five years and drove an average of some 8000 miles a year in them – keeping them immaculate and then selling them for more than I paid for them. My current Volvo has already covered 5000 miles in my five months of ownership so far.
Cars hate being laid up – so get out there and drive them! I often drive miles and never see another classic – then I get to a show and see hundreds and think ‘where have you lot been hiding?’