There's nothing quite like the feeling of finding an old classic car that's been hidden away in a barn for years. I love watching TV shows like Rust Valley Restorers, seeing them bring back rotten cars that looked like they were fit for scrap from the brink of death. But can you undertake a barn find restoration yourself? We look at five things you need to check before attempting to restore a barn find. Keep in mind that restoring a barn find can be a mammoth task - but with careful planning and execution, it can be done! The most
As petrol and diesel prices hit a record high, many motorists are feeling the pinch. It's been reported that 89 per cent of British car owners are concerned about being able to afford petrol, 39% are driving less, and 1% have already switched to a hybrid or EV. For classic owners, there is concern that these rising fuel costs are the beginning of the end of their hobby. The introduction of E10 fuel, which could cause damage to the components in older engines, was already a blow, meaning classic owners had to pay more for standard fuel now labelled 'premium'.
Many car lovers have dreamed of stumbling upon a barn find. Opening the doors to a barn or building that’s been shut up for years to find a classic, or even better, collection of classics covered in layers of dust and dirt. We won’t all find a time capsule car, but we can live through the eyes of those that do like this abandoned BMW dealership find. YouTubers from the channel M539 Restorations took cameras along for the journey and shared the video to their channel so we can explore with them. The warehouse, located in Tarragon, Spain, was
The original MINI seems to be the perfect candidate for a powertrain transplant. Back in November 2020, we reported on Swindon releasing a Mini conversion kit, allowing owners to swap out their combustion engine for an electric powertrain. Now, engineer’s at MINI in Oxford have developed an official EV conversion for classic MINI’s – MINI Recharged. The new drivetrain, which is fully electric, is capable of producing 121bhp, significantly more than the standard classic MINI engine. MINI Recharged will replace the engine with an electric motor and battery. Interestingly, they will store the vehicle’s original running gear for the
You might think you are sick to death of thinking about the dreaded C-Word! But this time, we're not talking about the one that halted our lives for 18 months but rather the merry old land of Christmas! Buying gifts can be a labour of love for some of us, never knowing what to buy for our loved ones—trawling through hours of online stores or miles of the high street trying to find the perfect gift. This year, we've taken some of the guesswork out of buying the ideal gift for the classic car enthusiast in your life. Take a look
It might seem like a crazy idea to travel to another country to buy a car when loads of cars are available far closer to home. But the fact is, sometimes, the car we want requires a trip abroad. This means we need to import a classic car, the thought of which may seem daunting. Don't panic though, we are here to help guide you through the process. Sometimes, especially with classics, the exact Spanish model we want is most easily found in Spain! If you're thinking of jet setting for your newest vehicle – just know you're not alone!
As the UK marches towards its goal of a net-zero carbon future, millions of car owners face the prospect of scrapping their cars in favour of new electric vehicles. The production of new diesel and even petrol cars are set to be outlawed in the next decade. The taxes and other charges for driving non-electric cars are rising and will get even more prohibitive in upcoming years. It's easy to say just trade your car in for its eco-friendly electric counterpart, but what happens if you really like your old car? Several companies, such as Electric Classic Cars, have found
The Hyundai Pony is a car that has long been associated with Korea's automotive industry. It was the first Korean car to be mass-produced and exported, opening many doors for the country's automobile production in general. Now, Hyundai has modernised the original 1975 Pony with an electric powertrain. Unlike the Renault 5 reboot and reintroduction of the Ami name by Citroën on an EV, the Hyundai Pony Electric car stays true to its roots. The vehicle, which utilises the originals exterior design, has been created for display in Hyundai's recently opened Motorstudio Busan in South Korea. The electrified
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
With another national lockdown in full swing, 2021 has begun with all the uncertainty of 2020. For many, the last year has been one of sacrifice and fear. We have given up everything we enjoy to protect ourselves, families and neighbours. What have you missed this last year? Most of the car community have missed the socialising, the meetups, car shows and long drives. We had all hoped for a return to some normality this year, but that now remains unclear. To ensure you can still get some of your classic car fix we have compiled a list of things