Modernised classic cars are becoming more popular with millennials. The idea behind this is to keep classic cars on the road while also keeping up with modern safety and environmental regulations and technology.
Modernised classic cars take advantage of new technology such as electric power trains and power steering. The question is; is this sacrilege or a good way to keep these old designs alive?
Converting classic cars to electric
We have reported recently on companies emerging that convert popular classic like the Mini to EV’s. The Quest TV show Vintage Voltage also explores this in more depth, televising the trend and showing the process.
By removing the combustion engine and retrofitting an electric power train, classic cars can become more environmentally friendly and emissions compliant. These modifications can be carried out sympathetically and hidden well when done correctly.
Power steering for electric cars
Cars have had power steering as standard for many years now, which means there are a large number of younger drivers who have never driven a car without it. Classic cars can be heavy to steer, and as such, a power steering upgrade is common. Power steering is a logical upgrade for all age groups, making the car easier to drive.
Brake upgrades for classic cars
Many classic owners opt to upgrade to disc brakes to improve the safety of the car. An upgrade to disc brakes will allow for more braking power, they are also less prone than drum brake systems to corrosion with age or becoming blocked by dirt particles from falling into them while driving on rough roads
Another common safety upgrade are the lights from halogen bulbs to LEDs or HID bulbs. These will last a lot longer and give the car an enhanced look. This is also true for headlights, making driving safer at night. You have to be careful here, though, as you may fail your MOT. Read our previous blog post about that here.
The interior can be updated with modern fabrics, including leather or suede seat covers to make it feel newer while still retaining its classic style. You can also install modern audio systems with Bluetooth capabilities and GPS navigation.
A great option for a more luxurious look is installing carbon fibre trimming in the interior, including on headrests to add some style without compromising safety or comfortability of passengers inside your car’s cabin
Often, retrofitting a classic car is just about making it street legal, and there are many ways to do this. As you can see, these are just a few of the available options out there to modernise a classic car.
As with any kind of modernisation, there will always be purists who disagree with modernisations. This has been seen in the world of antiques for years, where many get upset at the ‘butchering’ of antique furniture to fit modern trends. Others., however, feel that if it keeps things alive, usable and sustainable, then there’s no harm in it.
So, the big question is, do these upgrades and modernisations affect the integrity of the vehicle? Let us know what you think on social media.