It’s an odd time to be talking about classic cars.
Our whole world has been turned upside down in a matter of weeks.
We are holding our collective breath, waiting to find out what is going to happen next.
But, in fact, many service and restoration shops are open. People are buying and selling cars online (I’ve bought one myself). Private sales are still happening (I sold the GTV and the Sprint Speciale to SCMers).
Since I decided to buy cars with automatics while working through the rehab of my clutch leg, we’ve added a 1965 Volvo 122S and a 1971 Jaguar E-type, both with automatics, to the SCM fleet.
Sports cars from the 1960s and 1970s with slushboxes are at the bottom of the pecking order when it comes to desirability. Hence, they are often more affordable.
But since I have become a champion of these unloved artifacts, I’m now deluged with offers. From a 1965 Jaguar MK 2 to a 1994 Mazda, owners of these two-pedal cars have decided I am the next best home for their auto autos.
While I was able to put 1,000 miles onto the Volvo before the virus, the Jaguar arrived from Georgia after Oregon entered lockdown. So, while it is just two miles from me, it’s been sitting for a week, and it may be another week before I get my first visitation.
And then, I won’t be able to drive anywhere.
So it might be months before I get to hear the sound of the V12 engine.
This is going to be the longest period in my life between buying a running car and driving it.
As I said, these are strange times. All we can do is be safe and have patience. We will be back on the road again within months.