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Some Tips to Consider When Looking for Antique Cars for Sale

Antique cars are those cars that are available for buying and selling purpose. These cars date back a long period of time. These are old cars or the vintage cars of early automobile era. The category of this type includes the old cars, vintage, and classic cars. Many sites are available which give the information about these antique cars, their budget, replacement parts and much more. Many advertisements of all the antique cars on sale can always be found in newspapers and web portals for interested people to view them and purchase them.

The antique cars that are on sale are also available in many big garages of cities. So the car owners interested in buying the cars can directly contact the concerned garage or go about through the web sites.

To know more about the era in which these cars were used we need to go back to the early times when these types of cars were in use and were very popular too. While now owning an antique car is regarded as an asset; they also present a special challenge to today’s passionate car lovers.

The initial era that constituted these cars or better said as they came into the existence were the brass Car era. The brass era symbolizes the commencement of the automotive age when the steam engines had stylish brass fittings. This era was from the period of 1890’s to 1900’s and this was also the time the antique car era started. The antique car followed the brass car era when the pioneers were trying to adapt gasoline engines. They were very famous and the first model was the Henry Ford’s model T. It was known for its quality control, and the standardized parts.

Some of the antique car features were that they built with much of wood rather than steel. There were no guarantees for repair facilities and it was affordable for the well to do families only. The engines had to be started with cranks, the steering wheel too strong to move. The headlights were needed to be lit by a match. But the antique cars on sale now are not so backward in technology. Some changes can be found in these cars in terms of technology, but the overall look and feel of the car belongs to that era.

Some of the tips required while buying an antique car on sale are
– Track down the cars maintenance costs, repair records, and other mileage ratings in the consumer magazines or online.
– If the car is being bought by the dealer, then look out for the buyers guide.
– The car purchaser has the right to view the copy of dealer’s warranty before it is bought.
– See that all the verbal assurances are written into the Buyers guide.

Most of the antique cars on sale can be insured by the specialty programs. Buying the antique cars need to have a selective approach. Poor maintenance and previous wear and tear are the two important aspects that are usually hidden. They cab be termed as the disadvantages of  buying antique cars on sale as it is almost impossible to know if the car was properly maintained before. There can be some hidden defects. However, it also has positive aspects. These cars are mostly cheaper than purchasing a brand new car. The buyer can afford spending some money to get in some luxuries and other comfortable items to enhance it.

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Why People Love and Collect Antique Cars

Antique cars and classic cars collecting, restoring, and showing have become the number one pass time for many classic car enthusiasts. Whether you’re new to antique cars as a hobby, or a seasoned collector, the internet has information on classic cars, car parts, accessories, car shows and antique car sales, and more.

The first antique automobile was made in 1672 by a Chinese monk, and was steam powered. Then, around 1769, The Cugnot Steam Trolley was capable of transporting humans was produced. Other steam engine cars followed. By today’s standards, the steam car would be considered a green alternative to modern gas guzzlers. New hybrid cars still don’t operate on nothing but steam power like the steam trolley did over two hundred years ago.

It wasn’t until 1806 that the first car with an internal combustible engine appeared. The internal combustible engine cars began to hook us all on vehicles that were powered with the use of gas and oil. In 1885, a more modern version of the internal combustible engine car was introduced. Even electric cars were designed very early in the twentieth century, but faded out in favor of gas powered vehicles. The Ford Museum, in Detroit, MI. still has a running, working model of Ford’s first electric motor on display. Antique Ford cars are highly collectible and well known in classic car circles.

There are several eras of collectible automobile history. Each era has a specific term to define the particular types of classic cars made during those time frames. Knowing certain antique car terms can help you to decide which antique car era you want to focus on as an antique car collector or restorer.

Classic cars from the 1890’s and earlier are termed “Veteran Era” antique autos. From around the 1900’s to 19190, those classic cars are generally referred to as the “Brass”, or “Edwardian” era collector cars. A very popular area for antique car collectors is the “Vintage” 1920’s era classics. Through the 1930’s to the 1950’s, there are “Pre-war” era classic cars. 1950’s through 1970’s are termed: “Post-war” classic or antique cars.

Cars that are twenty years old or older are generally referred to as “antique” cars. Another classic and collector car term you will hear is the term: “muscle cars”; which generally refer to sports cars made between the 1960’s to 1980’s. Whatever your classic antique car interest may be, the internet gives all the information, history, and antique car sales.

Antique Car collecting and restoration is a hobby practiced by people all over the world. Even American celebrities fall in love with them. Jay Leno, in addition to hosting the Tonight Show, is known for his huge collection of antique cars and motorcycles going all the way back to the early 20th century. Past stars known for their love of cars are Larry Hagman and Steve McQueen.

One of the reasons people love antique cars is that, for them, it brings back childhood or teenage memories. Maybe they had their first date in that car, or that is the car the family when on annual picnics, or maybe it was the car to have when they were young but they couldn’t afford it. The nostalgia market is worth billions of dollars and those longing for the antique autos of their youth account for only a small piece of it.

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found an an antique toy of some kind?

I found what appears to be a steam-powered vibrating object in the attic of our new house. The house dates back to the civil war times and we are baffled at what it could be. It is ribbed, 13″ and oblong in shape with an inscription on the side that says ‘STEAMULATOR’. Is it a model submarine?

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