How Do I Get Into The Collector Car Hobby?
Rick Drewry, Senior Claims Specialist at American Modern Insurance Group, has been approached many times at car shows with the specific question: “How do I start the collector car hobby?” Rick states that anyone can get into the collector vehicle hobby, it’s just a matter of keeping these three tips in mind when beginning the collector car shopping process:
• Buy a car that starts up and drives. Do not buy a project car the first time around. You’ll spend too much time and money attempting to get the car to show quality that you will never truly enjoy the car. A drivable classic car can participate in car shows and cruise-ins. Car guys will ask you what your plans and expectations are as well, so it’s a great conversation starter.
• Go for the lower trim/performance option. Don’t hold out on a Pontiac GTO, go get a Tempest or a LeMans instead. A simple engine swap makes these virtually the same collector vehicle. The same rule applies with a Chevy Camaro over a Z28 or Plymouth Duster. Get the slant-six instead of a 340 engine.
• Consider less mainstream collector cars. Camaro, Chevelle, and Mustang are the popular models, but the station wagons from the 50’s – 70’s make for great classic cars. From the Oldsmobile Delta 88s, to the Ford LTD and Chrysler 300, these can make for sweet rides. Entry-level cars like the Vega, Corvair, Pinto and Maverick are also recommended. Make sure to do your homework before making that car purchase, and ask for help if necessary. Once you obtain your first collector car, you’ll wonder why you waited this long to buy one! Have Fun!