Forever and a day I’ve been banging on about buying a vintage car. However, through various excuses of necessity or funds or free time to dedicate to such a project the idea keeps falling by the wayside.
The necessity excuse is especially important. OK, I don’t drive my car every day, but when I do drive it’s usually long distances of 3/4 hour trips across the country. If you’ve an older car this becomes a risky journey in vehicles usually restricted to show outings or weekend driving…
What I’d love is something that is 40 years old but has the reliability of my ten year old VW Golf. That’s not too much to ask is it?
Here’s a few of some of my favourite vints and ones I’d actually consider buying. [Insert me into all photos, behind the wheel grinning with tweed jacket and pipe]
The 1973 Ford Capri MK1
Price Range €4000-9000
Love, love, love these cars. The later MK2 and MK3s are utter 80s kitsch but this model is pure 70s class. The angles and chrome just ooze cool. There’s a strange variant paint job I’ve seen on a few models, where for some reason the hood is black while the rest of the bodywork is a different colour. Being made by Ford these are likely to be cheaper to replace parts on. There’s lots on the market but finding the earlier MK1s is difficult and expect to pay high for a really pristine model.
The MG MGB
Price Range €3000-6000
Various models come in soft or hardtop, considering our climate the hardtop is a must. The many uncared for ones that I’ve seen seem highly susceptible to rust in the body work. These are definitely the easiest to find and probably the cheapest in the vintage market. However MG were manufactured by Rover who no longer exist, which could make parts particularly expensive.
The Mazda RX4
Price Range €12,000?
My Dad always told me Mazda vintages were where it was at and not to bother with the other stuff. I never believed him until sitting in traffic on Pearse st one of these beauties pulled up beside me. (As luck would have it I later found out – driven by my girlfriend’s cousin!) I was instantly taken with it. Body design much similar to the Capri but a little lower to the ground and the mirrors that I prefer to the Capri’s. These are impossible to find and parts are expensive, so it’s a seller’s market really.
The Lancia Fulvia
Price Range €7000-€12000
A less showy muscle car and more of a ‘man about town’ car, a Lancia was permanently parked around the corner when I lived in Stoneybatter. (As it turns out the brother of previous mentioned cousin, Vintage motors being a family hobby!) Lancias are Italian cars, so aren’t exactly the world’s most reliable, made up until 1969 and then became part of the Fiat group but still making cars under the Lancia name. Parts for the older models are difficult to find, but these cars look great. But they could never be relied upon for a 3/4 hour journey in all honesty.