Good point. I bought my Missus a brand new VW Scirocco in 1986, it was the limited edition called The Scala. She kept that right up until recently. She kept all the receipts, the MOT's, the old tax discs. Everything that was spent on the car, she kept. Added to that, the car had always been garaged, she even had the luxury of garaging the car at work. Neither of us ever thought of that car as being a classic, but, we did realise that after a couple of break in attempts, once the car became a lot more rare, she could no longer use it as an everyday car. In year 2000, I bought her a low mileage MK3 VW Golf, would you believe it? One of the weekly publications, Classic Car Weekly or CC Buyer, ran a feature on the Mk3 Golf as becoming a easy entry into modern classics. Just like the Scirocco, my first reaction was: "Get a life."Martin Evans wrote: ↑Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:46 pmThen in the afternoon, I saw a very early (X reg) VW Polo Mk2, in Morrisons Ebbw Vale. I dare say that was a rarer car now, than an MGA. The Polo was Mars red but a tad faded, though it looked salvageable and in tact. The interior looked tidy. I suspect it may have been bought new by elderly people, who didn't use it a lot and who still knew that a garage was meant for storing cars. Something has got to explain why it's still here after at least 35 years. I don't imagine spares are going to be readily available for a car like that now; I wonder does the owner see it as a classic or just a cheap car?
Like the couple driving that Polo, my wife and I are a couple of geriatrics. We grew up in an age when cars were made of inferior materials, you changed cars out of necessity before they rusted of their wheels. Back in our day, there was no such thing as modern classics, old cars were known as bangers. To us us they still are, that goes for that Polo, the Scirocco and the Golf.