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Classic car newbie suggestions

  • 29-01-2019 12:29pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 310 ✭✭ spitonmedickie


    Hoping I can get some pointers here for a little dream of mine - reality might rule it out though!

    Is there such a thing as a relatively reliable low maintenance classic (know service history and how it was looked after are key here)? Affordability would be key too as a newbie!

    I'm not very mechanically minded but my old man is so if there was some straightforward maintenance that would have to be done that's a possibility.

    Circumstances have changed for me so now I would have a place to store it. Ideally it'd be suitable for doing a 40km round trip commute a few times a week on regional roads.

    I'm a bit nostalgic for things like the Renault 5 (I learned to drive in one), Mark V Ford Cortina (relative had one) and do for some reason have a soft spot for 70s/80s British saloons.

    Sorry for the long post!


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,854 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    A late 80s Mercedes would have all mod cons (electronic ignition, electronic fuel injection, power steering, electric windows, possibly ABS), while over engineered and built to last. Once you keep rust under control, these are as reliable as anything else and suitable for daily use.

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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    Bear in mind you'll need to be over 25, and have another policy on a modern car to get classic insurance.

    If you're buying anything from the 80's, I'd avoid anything that doesn't have a current NCT (unless sourcing from outside Ireland). No matter how good she looks - if there's no NCT - there's a reason!!

    An old Merc isn't a bad call for the type of driving you'd be doing. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 310 ✭✭ spitonmedickie


    Would still be very much a second car so have another policy and am over 25! Least those boxes are ticked! Thanks for the suggestions so far


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,937 ✭✭✭ KevRossi


    You don't mention a budget but there's a SAAB 900 turbo on Done Deal for €6,000 that looks hard to beat value wise.

    You should be able to sell it again at asking price or possibly with a tidy markup.

    Looks like a great entry into classic motoring and its a sexy little beast of a car.

    Failing that a W124 Coupe would be my target, or if a convertible is an option then a good time to get an MG or MX-5


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,854 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Ford and R4 have no NCT and looks like they never had one. R18 hasn't had an MOT in years. Midget is NCT exempt, but could very well be rotten. Don't buy any of these cars, spitonmedickie. Poor suggestions for a newbie classic car owner, the lot of them.

    If you have €6k to spend, I would go the Saab. It looks as good as they come, will forever be a classic and desirable and it will keep its value well. Looks like it has been superbly looked after.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,529 ✭✭✭ kyote00


    You're a stickler for the NCT/MOT, Unkel. :D

    My advice is to go an tyre kick as many as you can - its easy to recognise a heap when its in front of you !

    The Saab is very nice but worth checking for corrosion at the rear around the fuel tank and cross member. The outlet manifold and gearbox bearing wear worth checking in the history file....
    ps. I had a 99 turbo in the UK in late eightys .... the 900 is a much better machine IMHO.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,854 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    kyote00 wrote: »
    You're a stickler for the NCT/MOT, Unkel. :D

    If you know what you are doing, have done your research and give a car a very thorough inspection yourself, you might get a good impression of what's needed for it to pass the test

    For a newbie looking for their first classic, they really should only look at cars with a valid, preferably long test. NCT in preference to MOT. Surely you'd agree on this?

    Alternatively, they could of course bring a third party with them to do the testing. But I'm with Dades here. I'd say most cars in Ireland that don't have an NCT, would not pass one. I wouldn't waste my time (and my money paying someone else) to go see a car that's most likely rotten. Plenty of good cars out there too. Long NCT is a strong sign of one...

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  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 13,030 ✭✭✭✭ antodeco


    OP, one thing I will say is, you will become mechanically minded after a while. Look for easy to fix if something goes wrong classics as well. I've a few minis and not much majorly goes wrong with them (except rust issues). YouTube is full of how to videos that have massively helped me.

    Same as one of the BMWs I have. You can find most things online


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,526 ✭✭✭✭ galwaytt


    kyote00 wrote: »
    You're a stickler for the NCT/MOT, Unkel. :D

    My advice is to go an tyre kick as many as you can - its easy to recognise a heap when its in front of you !

    The Saab is very nice but worth checking for corrosion at the rear around the fuel tank and cross member. The outlet manifold and gearbox bearing wear worth checking in the history file....
    ps. I had a 99 turbo in the UK in late eightys .... the 900 is a much better machine IMHO.

    Snap; 99EMS in this house. A wannabe Turbo....without the drama....

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