[Acheter une Voiture Ancienne] And if we dared the pre-war era?

General alarm. Yes, when we talk about the pre-war era, there is almost danger in the house. And here we have to take a broad view by simply taking the first 50 years of car production into account. Old cars, very old, which finally forged what has become our passion and which are less and less visible. Generational or economic issue? We will ask ourselves the question, but we will also explain to you why the pre-war period deserves more interest.

Why dare the pre-war?

It is not necessarily destructive… to buy

We start there. Obviously, if the only old pre-war cars of interest to you are Bugattis, Talbot-Lagos, Voisins or Hispanos, the prices are out of reach for most budgets. But these prewars are of course the ones that are most highlighted… but they do not make up the majority of the prewars available on the market.

If we get out of the light of the big fairs, auctions, exhibitions in museums, we can find affordable pre-war times. Want some examples? We just need to enter the known and the “not too archaic” to convince you. A Citroën C4? It is possible to find a rolling one for less than €10,000. Same for a 202.

It must also be said that these mass market models are ultimately quite widespread and often already belong to older collectors. It is logical to say that demand will only decrease and prices should at least stabilize.

On the other hand, it must not be forgotten that the condition of the car must be good. Some parts cannot be found or are extremely expensive with prices that do not match the price of the car. If the purchase is not destructive, the maintenance can be whether you do it yourself or leave it to a professional (not necessarily easy to find).

The historical aspect of course

Why dare a pre-war? Yes, history is important. With a pre-war in the garage, you can think of yourself as a museum curator. So, the ideal would still be that we are talking about a rolling museum and that your car does not collect dust in the garage, although that is easier said than done.

The historical aspect is therefore important. It is easier to find a car that was the basis of a car brand, that introduced a certain technology, that had a significance in a historical event, with a pre-war period. Admit that a pre-war Traction will mark more of its technological innovations than a car that has introduced 5th gear or central locking into the manufacturer’s range!

Some slow down anyway

You cannot be completely ecstatic and ignore many of the problems that will come to mind for those considering an antebellum period. Yes, there are brakes and here are some you mustn’t forget (at the risk of being thoroughly disgusted).

The anguish of mechanics

An hour’s drive counts as much in mechanics. This sentence given to me several years ago is so true that it must be shared. The technologies in these before the war are clearly different from all those we have seen appear later, which were often aimed at simplifying operations. On a pre-war car, it will be necessary to think about lubricating the various elements, sometimes at each start, even more so to check the fluids and their quality. In short, it’s a real adventure that begins before it even starts.

And then you have to remember that these cars have a certain age. When we are talking about a century-old mechanism, recently restored or not, we are even more subject to potential breakdowns. Even if the car runs well during the morning, there is no guarantee that it will start again after the lunch break (but this is also the case for newer old cars).

Owning a pre-war will often require you to have a solid understanding of mechanics to help out on your own. Also having a good stock of parts to handle the most summary and quick repairs. Simply put, the mechanics of these cars can’t be improvised… but that’s part of the fun we have driving them!

Performances, logically from another age

It’s part of the charm of these cars, but you have to admit it can be a problem. Don’t expect to keep up with a 404 behind the wheel of the most affordable pre-war cars you’ll find. You will constantly have to deal with this side of your car.

Already to get to certain gatherings a few hundred kilometers away, some are really worth it, you will have to consider transportation on a set. We’re not saying your car won’t last, many do, but you’ll need to be confident in the mechanics and therefore, as we told you just before, in your ability to repair these cars.

It will also be necessary to take into account that it will take you some time to cover this distance and that you will have to study your route carefully to avoid any fast lane which may prove dangerous, both for the mechanics and in relation to the behavior of other road users, the road.

On site, every walk will be different. If the route is planned to be 170 km per day, think about an extra time. There are now many organizers who take this into account, even if it means offering a course dedicated to the oldest registered cars.

It’s part of the game, that’s for sure, but a pre-war doesn’t really make a high-speed car.

Conclusion: Dry, dry…

You have to have the desire, the skills, but considering a pre-war period is necessarily a good idea. Your scholarship may limit your choice, but you will always find solutions if you want to get started. You should also know that mutual help also exists, via clubs dedicated to ancestors and before the war, as well as with marque clubs that collect some of these cars.

There are also professional specialists, whether they are car salesmen or spare parts dealers. So dare, get going, discover the classic car from a different angle, and if you are well informed and prepared, you won’t regret it!

And if you want an example of a pre-war, almost a century old and not so complicated to drive:

Ford A 17-

Otherwise, there is nothing to see, but yes, replacing pre-war in the title with monokini, we find the cover of the July issue of a women’s magazine.

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