A screwdriver nightmare - a hard-to-hold classic

A screwdriver nightmare – a hard-to-hold classic

As beautiful as these vintage cars are: If you love not only admiring them, but also driving them, you should rely on an experienced repair shop or advanced mechanic skills. Because not all oldies are the same: there are those whose lovers measure themselves in the thousands, and the repair shop around the corner has experience with maintenance and repairs. But woe if the number of remaining heart warriors has shrunk so much that only a few copies are still on the way. Then maintenance and repairs can drive you crazy. You need an expert to tune the carburetor properly. Or, worse, the type-specific part is missing.

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Attention diva: hardly any classics are suitable for everyday use

If the number of pieces is small, the market collapses

A graceful beauty with a mischievous look, but unfortunately the Ghia Type 34 is not a pleasure for mechanics.

The problem arises in the name of quantity: If there are too few remaining vehicles, there is no point in reproducing parts, the market is too small. Also, with more exotic models, fewer oldie lovers are keeping spare parts for later, and prices are going up. In essence, the search for much-needed spare parts can degenerate into a test of patience. Or it is necessary to go to a specialist, again at a suitable cost. Anyone who has ever brought a faulty gearbox in for revision knows the problem. Other parts, on the other hand, are not available for the money and in kind words, interior fittings keyword. Moreover, some oldies are built in such a way that certain components are difficult to access due to the construction. It may be easy to get spare parts here, but installation makes a regular Otto screwdriver hopeless.

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Vintage driving for bargain hunters

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A screwdriver nightmare – a hard-to-hold classic

tribulation in two stages

Citroën SM

Diva among divas: Citroën SM offers dramatic design – and cutting edge technology.

So misery arises in two stages: On the one hand there are cars that get a maximum of two stars in the AUTO BILD CLASSIC rating for the supply of spare parts, and on the other there are cars where this applies to ease of repair. In both categories, this means to the owner: When driving, expect nothing to break if possible. So here is a classic with less than two stars for parts supply and ease of repair.