Owning a classic car can be tremedous fun, but it can cost thousands in terms of vehicle storage, insurance, constant maintenance, plus the time involved in hunting down rare original parts, or having the car restored after say ten years. At the top end of the classic market, price increases can run way ahead of inflation so you can end up making money, but the humble Ford Anglia or Austin 1100 owner may find that their car is worth exactly the same in real terms, or less, after 10-15 years of ownership.
Of course, it isn’t all about the money – it’s about having fun on sunny Sundays. So perhaps the answer is to rent a classic car, enjoy the drive and hand the keys back after attending a classic show, rally or Wild Atlantic Coast drive?
Here’s news from one company offering luxury lifestyle experiences without the hassle of ownership;
The Outlierman, makers of the world’s finest driving accessories, today announces the launch of its all-new classic car rental platform – ‘Rent & Drive’. Offering passionate classic car enthusiasts the opportunity to drive some of the world’s most desirable cars, ‘Rent & Drive’ provides a made-to-measure, high quality rental service like no other.
The ultimate driving experiences
Designed for those having a weekend getaway in the countryside, or for those taking a road trip on the winding coastal roads of the Cote d’Azur, a wide variety of vehicles are available for people to use, and they can be delivered anywhere in Europe. With over 15 classic cars to choose from, whether it be a pine green 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB 2 Short Nose, or a white convertible 1956 Porsche 356 A Speedster, there’s a car for all occasions. And if you can’t find the car you’re looking for, The Outlierman will help you find it through their unrivalled network of collectors and enthusiasts.
To ensure you gain the most from your European driving experience, The Outlierman’s experts are able to advise you on stunning driving routes, including places worth a special visit, such as restaurants and vineyards, alongside artistic, cultural and natural wonders. They also offer the opportunity to participate in some of Europe’s iconic vintage car races, such as Italy’s historic Mille Miglia.
Andrea Mazzuca, founder of The Outlierman, said: “I’m thrilled to launch our new classic car rental platform – ‘Rent & Drive’ – making it easier than ever for our customers to create their own memorable road trip.
Marques available to customers include Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Maserati – most of which are very rarely available to rent. Vehicles available on the Rent & Drive platform, can be found here.
In the UK, you can hire a Triumph TR6 from £445, which includes insurance, breakdown cover and 300 miles of travel, from Classic Car Hire North. Let’s say you hire four times per summer, that’s about £1200. Compare that to buying a nice example of the TR6 for about £15K, plus insurance and maintenance on top.
Webbs of Weybridge have taken the club idea and refined it into an online experience; choose your dream classic car car, book online and that way you get to sample several different motors over a couple of years. Again insurance, breakdown and a mileage cap are included. Gold membership gets you 250 credits to use in a calendar year, and you can choose from Band A-D cars, with the luxury stuff like an Aston Martin Vantage V8, Jaguar E-Type or Mercedes 190SL in Band A. That two grand memebership fee gives you access to vehciles that might cost 80K or more to own.
Just like modern cars, renting is a tempting alternative to ownwership.