How Much Do You Drive Your Classic?
I don’t know about you, but when I enjoy driving a vehicle I don’t really get sick of it. When I owned a Citroën 2CV for a short time, I so enjoyed the experience that I was in the car as much as possible. First impressions from the missus weren’t so great: she said after being on the highway, in the rain, for three hours she felt like she’d been on a boat all afternoon.
I was ready to put gas in the car and go another few hours.
As much as I thought I drove that car, though, I didn’t drive it as much as I would have had it been a newer car. Bad weather, salted roads, running late…it all adds up. Anyway, before you answer, consider that the average number of miles driven per year is around 1,000, at least as far as classic cars go, and even insurers like Hagerty often have a cap of 2,500 miles on typical plans. (If you’re planning an around-the-world voyage, best give your insurer a heads-up.)
If the range of a typical classic and typical owner is between, say, 500–2,000 miles per year, how do you fill that time? Hundreds of trips down the block for cruise night, or an epic weeks-long road trip?
Photography by Afshin Behnia, Jonathan W.C. Mills, Jayson Fong, & David Marvier