Whether you are purchasing a used or brand new vintage race car, there are usually three basic questions every owner of such a vehicle asks: What’s vintage racing? Where can I find these cool vehicles? And how exactly do you get one? Here are answers to the last two questions and some suggestions for locating and purchasing the perfect vintage race car.
What Is Vintage Racing
The first question, of course, is what is vintage racing? Vintage racing refers to the restoration of vintage cars and classic roadsters for competition in any form. It is a hobby and an industry that have spanned the years and are popular among a variety of age groups, from kids to seniors. In recent years, the sport has reached a whole new level of recognition with the growing presence of professional auto restorers who take pride in their work and are willing to put their money where their mouth is by selling and/or repairing vintage race cars and other similar auto implements. These individuals may be hiring others to repair their vintage racers, or they may simply be the next generation of true “racer” collectors.
A second question often asked is where can I find these cool cars? Many of the first vintage race car owners were also first interested in restoring their own cars and others have found that there are many regional shops like Specialty Auto Auctions and Pace-Car America that specialize in helping people with their classic car collections. Another option is the Internet, of course. You can go on websites such as eBay, craiglist, and others to look for potential vintage racing and restored cars. Other options would be local auctions, which typically include vehicles from various eras and specialized hobbies, like hot rods and trains.
Finding The Right Car
The third question often asked is about finding the right car. After all, we all want to start out with a good car, one that we can live with and admire. This also goes for someone who is just starting out: are they looking for a factory sports model, a limited production replica, a restoration project, or a kit car? There is a feeling that some of the restoration projects are simply too difficult, too time consuming, or just plain bizarre (so we’d never want to start them). But remember, when we’re talking about vintage cars, these aren’t just objects of beauty; they’re reminders of past lives and stories. And sometimes, the best way to describe a particular car’s personality is just to describe it by its own description – in the same way that a classic car might be described by a description of its engine and appearance.
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
For example, a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro might be described by its vehicle identification number (ITN), which is a four-digit number made by the National Automobile Dealer Association. For example, the ITN for this particular race car might read 10035CLE. On the other hand, for a more conventional starting point (such as a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette), you would want to use the words” 1968 Chevrolet Coupe” or “1968 Chevy Nova.” Remember, however, it’s very possible to ask for a starting point using only the words” 1968,” but you can use” 1968 Corvette” if you so desire.
Next, it’s important that you describe the overall state of the vehicle’s condition – in as much as you can, write down everything you can think of about the engine, transmission, etc. Include all relevant measurements such as the height, width, and length of all parts. After describing the condition of the cars, and a written description of its history (how many races it has been raced in, the manufacturer, and more). If you have any special or unique information about the vintage car that will help to price it correctly, put it in the description.