Classic Cars Can Be “Occasional” Daily Drivers
Whether it’s something as formidable as a 1960’s Ferrari or something as fun as an original Fiat 500, getting behind the wheel of a classic car can turn any journey into a special event, including the daily drive
The Big Q: Should you give in to temptation and be the owner of a cool daily driver, or should keep it in storage for anything other than special occasions?
The Big A: James Cottingham of Ferrari specialists DK Engineering, says the answer is simple.
“If money were no object and you really had no care in the world, there would not be anything stopping you from using a classic Ferrari as a daily driver,” he said.
In the 60’s and 70’s I owned what are now some of the most valuable Ferrari’s, Maserati’s and Lamborghini’s, ever made, I drove them every day, but the driving conditions were very different than they are today, And the cost was in the thousands, not millions of dollars as they are today, so be sure your insurance carrier allows for such daily, even occasional use.
The road Ferraris are suited for regular use, and classic cars are meant to be enjoyed. But I believe that today everyday use would soon take away that enjoyment.
The majority of classic cars built between Ys 1950 and 1980 were built in a period where reliability was not the Key issue. Cars that were not cared for by the book, deteriorated fast, and if you lived outside of Southern California, they rusted and rotted from the inside out.
If I could help it I never took one of my cars out in the rain or wet.
This is why California has become one of the world’s most popular “hunting grounds” for European classic cars of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The Sunny days ensured that even classic English and Italian sportscars stayed rust-free.
Notably, over 70% of all Porsche’s are still on the road and often in daily use, built in Germany to withstand the bad weather.
But, I do not advise driving your Ferrari 250GT California Spyder or a Series I E-Type Jaguar in inclement weather no matter where you live, you want that ‘Jewel’ to last as long as possible.