5 Things to Know About Vintage Cars



Everyone at some point has thought of buying vintage cars. These are a part of history, a reminder of the times gone by, which attracts people, especially automobile enthusiasts. While everyone dreams of owning one not many are actually about vintage cars, for example, do you know which cars are classified as vintage cars? We are going to cover 5 top things to know about vintage cars. From how to buy vintage cars to top models and vintage cars insurance.

So, fasten your seatbelts, as we bring you all the information you should know about vintage cars:

What is a vintage car?

It is a common misconception to confuse vintage cars with fancy cars of the bygone era. However, a car is said to be vintage if it was manufactured anywhere in time between 1919 to 1930. However, according to the official word by the government, “All 2/4 wheelers, 50+ years old, maintained in their original form and which have not undergone any substantial overhaul” are considered vintage cars.

The government launched a revamped policies for vintage cars wherein for registration or re-registration, the owners will be provided an exclusive number plate markings as “RJ VA SSX” wherein RJ is the state code, VA will signify the vintage car, SS being the series, and X is the series number allotted by the State Registering Authority.

Vintage cars represent the style and brilliant design of times when not many cars brands were present in India.

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1935 Delahaye 135MS, for example, owned by the Dalip Singh from the Royal Family of Jodhpur is quite popular for its breathtaking design and its historical significance.

What are the top models of vintage cars in India?

From Morris Minor 1000 convertible, Willys Motor Vauxhall J, Fiat Premier Padmini to other cars, there are quite a few vintage cars in India. However, if you were to talk about the best vintage cars in India, then the list includes the name of the cars owned by the royal family to some of the most iconic personalities in the country. Here are few top vintage cars which are quite popular in the automobile world. These include:
  • The 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental
  • The 1925 Hispano Suiza H6B
  • The 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
  • The 1931 Lancia Dilambda
 If you are looking to buy Vintage cars, the good news is that today, you can own any vintage car listed online or at the auction without any troubles. Here is how you can buy a vintage car:

How to buy a vintage car?

The easiest way to buy a vintage car is to go online to check out the different cars listed online. Be it individual dealerships or online automobile marketplaces, you get access to plenty of reliable and top options for your consideration. While some also go on to source the vintage parts and components and get them assembled by professionals.

You can also keep a track of auctions or rallies where vintage cars are put on sale for the buyers.

Can I get a vintage car in the pre-owned vehicle market?

You can easily get vintage cars in the pre-owned market segment. Go online to check out the listed options. You can get all the necessary information about the car and sellers online. However, make sure that you are checking out all the necessary vehicle information and take the car on a test drive to determine the quality and condition of the car.

What about vintage car insurance?

Vintage cars have to have third-party insurance just like any other vehicle. However, when it comes to the Own Damage insurance cover, the insurance cover is not determined by IDV rather based on the below-mentioned factors which include:
  • If the vehicle has been registered as a vintage car
  • The replacement cost of the car parts & spares
Insurance companies take the assistance of surveyors to find out the vintage car valuation based on the above factors to determine the premium. The premium for an older vintage of higher than the relatively newer ones as the cost of replacing worn-out or defunct components costs big.

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