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The Cleverest And Reliable Method To Sell Your Classic Automobile Is Through An Online Trade!

Selling antique vehicles through internet based trade and selling has turn out to be very popular of late. With a lot of rewards, it’s no surprise that the number of individuals selling their vintage vehicles through online dealings has increased. There are lots of reasons for this growing trend. Firstly, your offer to sell online will probably be received by a large number of possible purchasers. Next, you’ll save a great deal of time by not having to wait around for some buyer to come forward. In a nutshell, you’ll have lot of fun trading on-line and mostly end up selling your vehicle for a more desirable cost than you imagined if you restricted yourself to selling it in the local area.

But you have to take some precautionary steps in order to protect yourself before you go on-line with your offer. This is mainly simply because you’ll be dealing with an unknown client on the other end of your web connection. The first thing that you require to do before you actually plan to enter the on-line marketplace is to determine a reliable and suitable platform on which to execute your trade. You may come across a entire lot of websites which will offer to enlist your vehicle but you have to select one that offers you a guarantee if and when something goes wrong with the sale. Ebay is one such reliable platform where you’ll be assured of a safe trade. With the help of a powerful vehicle sales website like Ebay who can successfully mediate in situation of some problem, you can rest assured that you won’t end up losing everything. Otherwise, you might be left to deal with your on-line client, all by yourself.

Once the sale goes through, the onus of transporting the vehicle out of your house to the buyer’s house will probably be on you. Hence, it’s very essential and important that you call up as many shipping businesses who are experienced in transporting antique cars and get their quotes before you list your antique vehicle on-line. This may allow you to list the shipping charges inside your sales page accurately as you do not wish to overcharge your client. Nor do you would like to lose cash by quoting lesser shipping charges. It is a intelligent concept to attempt and sell your vehicle through an online trade, irrespective of whatever the make of your vintage vehicle may be. Apart from the fact that you stand to reap so many advantages by an online transaction, you have the extra pleasure of doing everything right out of your house.

Fixing Vintage Cars – The Newest American Interest

Rejuvenating classic motor vehicles to mint condition is a hobby that is rapidly catching up with current Americans. Occasionally these cars and trucks are brought up to a condition to such a degree that they are often much better in functions than the most up-to-date cars and trucks that roll out of the factory! They often have hand made components that anyone would be proud to own. Increasingly more people are getting into this newest hobby of rebuilding old cars and trucks with every new person adding a growing number of fabulous details to these cars and trucks. There are competitive events and exhibits, as well as magazines and whole web sites dedicated to this individual interest.

Finding a vintage automobile worth rebuilding has also grown less difficult lately. The majority of people who choose to restore a vintage car have started to search for them on the net. Depending on only what is accessible with the nearby dealers minimizes your choices. The devoted hobbyist can easily go through the hundreds of vintage vehicles listed on the net and find one to suit his dream project very easily. In addition to the purchase of the auto, locating the spare parts for these vintage vehicles which was once a tough job has also turn out to be much simpler thanks to the internet connecting the buyer and seller without much ado.

The only problem is getting your classic automobiles home. It is important that you search carefully for a dependable and capable car shipping company to bring your dream project in one shape to your doorstep. There are lots of truthful and skilled car shipping businesses who know all about transporting classic cars that may do that for you at an inexpensive cost. To ensure that you get the best service at the most reasonable cost, you need to get a couple of quotations and evaluate the costs. Once this is done and the reputation of the car shipping company can also be verified, the rest falls into place quite easily.

You too can get started easily within this new hobby of restoring an antique car. Your first step is to search on-line for that restorable antique car as well as locating the right car shipping firm to bring it home. Car shipping services are ideal whenever you find just what you would like in another state, so keep them in mind. Once this is done, you can appreciate the process of creating a work of art that will bring a gleam of pride and enjoyment to your eyes. This hobby could even end up providing you with plenty of monetary rewards if you ever choose to compete in a car show or sell your car in the future.

Classic Car Restoration Tips

Classic Car Restoration

When purchasing a classic car you need to establish what work needs to be done and list the parts that you are going to need.

Assessment of body work.

What work is needed to be carried out?

Is it a replacement or repair?

Can you carry out the work yourself or will you require professional help?

Do you have all the specialist tools needed to carry out the repairs and work?

Do you have all the correct certification to carry out the work? Welding work will require a certified welder to carry out the work.

Do you have adequate space to carry out the work required?


How much time can you devote to your restoration?


What is the estimated cost taking into account the timescales you have given yourself?

How much money do you have to restore your car?

How much work will you have to do yourself?

Road Tax

Is the car permanently off the road? If it is not of a certain age will you need to make the car SORN whilst carrying out the restoration?

Acquiring parts

To purchase parts for your vehicle maybe difficult as many parts become discontinued stock.

It maybe possible to replace the part with a modern alternative.

Second hand parts could be an option although if you can find the part you need it maybe in the same condition as the one you already have.

Where to find parts.

There are many ways to find parts if you are restoring on a shoe string.

Car parts suppliers.

Some modern suppliers may still have certain parts. Most parts after a certain period become discontinued, although there maybe a modern equivalent that is suitable although not authentic. You might even be lucky and there might be some old stock!

Specialist car suppliers maybe your next option as they specialise in classic cars.

Newspapers and newsagent windows

You never know what will be advertised. You may want to advertise a Wanted space yourself, but that can be costly. If you want to keep the costs down ask them for a late space advertisement. If they have spare spaces to fill and you can negotiate a better advertising rate.

Newsagents window are cheap and effective although localised. Keep a look out for adverts in your local newsagents for garage clearances, motor parts and vehicles for sale.

Car magazines

Car magazines can be costly but great for information. Have good look in the shop to make sure you have the right magazine to suit your car. Many of the magazines are now online and you may be able to find out details of specialist repairers and restorers free of charge.

Another cheap way of buying car magazines is to have a look at boot sales and local newspapers. It is amazing what information, books or manuals you can find for very little money.

Scrap yards

Get to know your local scrap dealer or car breaker. Tell them what you are looking for and they can contact you if anything suitable comes in.

Specialist car parts suppliers

Car Associations

Their members have been there and done it. You can find out details of associations in specialist classic car magazines and on the web.

They will be able to provide you useful advice. Possibly have access to parts and specialist repairers.

Car jumbles

Look out for car jumbles or classic car jumbles. They are always great to have a look round and you never know what useful part or tool you will be able to pick up.


The web is a fantastic source of information. The internet provides copies of manuals, reference books, association feedback, newsletters and forums as well as purchasing essential items such as parts, tools and specialist classic car insurance.

Classic Car Insurance.

Do you have the correct cover for your classic car whilst being restored to its former glory and when roadworthy? It is important to check with a classic car insurance broker for advice.

Dave Healey is a regular writer and contributor about classic cars and car restorations at Car Blog.

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Pick up a Jaguar E-Type at the Goodwood Classic Car Sale

If you’ve got a spare forty grand or so sitting around you might like to get yourself down to the Goodwood Revival Festival in Sussex UK this September, where you can pick up a 1969 series two coupe amongst other desirable classic cars at Bonhams Classic Car Auction.

Jaguar e-type series 2

Lot No: 281

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Coupé
Registration no. JVL 749G
Chassis no. P1R20223
Engine no. 7R4842-9

Estimate: £30,000 – 40,000, € 34,000 – 46,000

About the Jaguar E-Type

Manufactured in April 1969 and first registered ‘XKL 111′, this E-Type Series 2 Coupé was used as a demonstrator by Jaguar agents J R J Mansbridge of Lincoln before being supplied to one W P Miller of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire via Richard A Bellamy of Grismby. The car was originally finished in light blue with red interior.
The E-Type underwent a full ‘last nut and bolt’ restoration in the early 2000s but unfortunately was involved in an accident that damaged the front end, resulting in the need for a new bonnet and engine sub-frame (the bulkhead was undamaged).
In September 2005 Mr Roy Ellis purchased the car from a Universal Vehicle Salvage auction. Classed as a Category C write-off (‘an extensively damaged vehicle which the insurer has decided not to repair, but which could be repaired and returned to the road’) it was then restored by John Houghton Mechanical Services in Ilminster using components supplied by various specialists including SC Parts, David Manners, SNG Barrett and Martin Robey.
The current vendor purchased the E-Type in February 2009 and since then has carried out further restoration. There are receipts on file totalling circa £15,000 from Savernake Auto Services for a remanufactured front sub-frame, while a new bonnet was purchased from Racing Jaguar Panels at a cost of £3,218. The latter was then painted by Brookfield Classics of Hinckley, Leicestershire at a cost of £2,530. In addition, all the running gear, suspension and brakes have been restored and the electrics checked and re-wired wherever necessary. The interior is mostly new, with some areas refurbished.
On completion of the repairs the car was submitted for a DVLA Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) and passed successfully, enabling the VIC marker to be removed from the database and a V5C registration document issued. Then, in April 2011, the engine was overhauled (including hardened valve seats) tuned and serviced (photographs on file).
Finished in British Racing Green with cream leather interior, ‘JVL 749G’ currently displays a total of 66,354 miles on the odometer and is described as ‘nearly concours’ by the vendor, with relatively little work required to bring it to perfection. ‘On the button’ and ready to enjoy, this well prepared E-Type is offered with a most substantial file of invoices and restoration photographs, VIC pass, current road fund licence, MoT to 18th November 2011 and Swansea V5C registration document.

The author recommends that specialist Jaguar Classic Car insurance is provisionally obtained for this vehicle prior to removal after purchase.

Classic Cars – The Triumph TR4 Reaches Fifty!

The popular 1960s two seater roadster from Coventry has reached the age of Fifty!

Launched at the 1961 Motor Show in London the Triumph TR4 two-seater British roadster met all the design challenges of the 1960′s with an impressively stylish designed body from Michelotti that survived for fifteen years until its descendent the TR6 was discontinued in 1976.

truimph tr4

Two year earlier Triumph had launched the classic Herald saloon whose bodylines designed by Italian Giovanni Michelotti led to great sales success that lasted in the 1970s.

With this in mind Triumph, which had just been bought by Leyland Motors, had asked Michelotti to come up with a new sports car to replace the aging TR3 whose shape dated back to 1953 and the earlier TR2.

Distinguished by its curvaceous bodywork and bonnet hooded headlights attached to the chrome grill, mechanically the new car was similar to the TR3, however the new technology of an all synchromesh four speed manual gearbox with optional overdrive was installed.

This meant that although the TR4 had essentially the same four cylinder overhead valve 2138cc engine as its predecessor, it was a foot longer and had a wider wheelbase. The TR4 produced 100 bhp at 4600 rpm and was capable of a top speed of 102 mph. There was an option to buy the car with the old 1991cc engine for racing in sports car classes under 2000cc.

The car had a good performance for its time and could accelerate from 0 to 60 in 11 seconds and averaged around 25 miles per gallon.

In 1965 after selling 40,000 cars, the TR4 was upgraded to the TR4A.

Although outwardly similar in appearance with the exception of a walnut veneer dashboard, the TR4A was mechanically much different with the arrival of semi trailing arm independent rear suspension incorporating a new rear axle, which had been tested on the Triumph 2000 saloon since 1962. The aging pushrod engine was also upgraded with the addition of a new camshaft design which increased the car’s top speed to 110 mph.

The TR4A produced 104 bhp at 4700 rpm and was not as efficient on fuel consumption. The TR4A also included the famous Michelotti ‘Surrey top’, a semi-convertible roof with a rear roll bar window and was also the last Triumph model to carry the original Triumph Globe badge on the bonnet.

The Triumph TR4 and TR4A were manufactured at the firms Canley works in Coventry from 1961 until 1967. In all 68,718 units were produced mostly for the US and European markets. Not cheap in relation to its domestic competitors such as the MGB the car was priced at £1,106 on the road.

Fifty years on the sleek little sports car has survived the test of time. There are just under 2000 TR4s remaining in the UK today, the majority of them still on the road!

TR4 Insurance

Triumph Classic car insurance

If you own a Triumph TR4 you should cover it under specialist car insurance policy preferably from a broker that deals specifically with classic sports car insurance.

You can make further savings on covering your classic TR4 if you join a recognised triumph owners group or association.