I often watch the US car prog on TV where the presenter is a chap called Wayne Corrini (Spelling Boab..?) the prog is called Chasing Classic Cars... I am somewhat astounded by the size and scope of some of the collections that some folk in the US have... and I really do wonder at how much enjoyment there might be in being the owner of such a collection, for me, I think not much, but then I am but a simple creature of simple pleasures and perhaps that I lack not only the cash reserves to own such a collection but also may be restricted in terms of my sense of imagination...?
I try to expand my thinking as opposed to narrowing it down to find frustration or fault, though I am not always successful in that..sigh. However one of the collections on the above show was of 90 cars and the time had come to sell.. whether through death or illness as often seems to be the case on the prog, though what pleasure is/was there in owning 95 cars... Should there be some sort of law that demands each and every one of them is driven.. ? (-:
OK, OK so when I try to widen my thinking I end up imagining what if I had a harem... even as a MUCH younger man 95 objects of desire... I doubt servicing laid-up cars would be a simpler option but even then..!!! (-:
I suspect that I do not suffer from envy in my make-up may be advantageous when looking at the priorities of those with what seems like enormous amounts of wealth. I have at least one rather wealthy acquaintance who sold his company for a reputed 600mil... Dollars and not Pounds, so not such a big deal... (-: He has two Lambos one being the latest incarnation, a 928, and a full race Dodge Viper, which he had rebuilt after rolling it numerous times and ending up against a rock in some mad desert race in the US, I suspect he "drives" his other cars too.. But there are bound to be those who think having two recent Lambos is just plain daft...?
Have another friend with two Porsche 911`s (964 RS and a 997) who rarely drives them, but has a large garage built for him to work on them, with a two post ramp to assist in that process, I am sure some folk could find fault in his modus operandi thinking that if they had a similar options available they could make FAR better use of whatever..??
As for the Bentleys and others mentioned I have to admit to almost getting to the stage of drooling on my keyboard, I am not averse to the occasional pic of a pretty lady too... BUT, I am more than happy to have around me that which I have, and my old Morgan while not in anybody`s eyes a true vintage car, it provides all the vintage related fun I desire of it and perhaps with a great deal less fuss bother and cost, than a 30`s LM Bentley, Bugatti or anything else I might care to flirt with the idea of ownership...
If you converted cash to cars in terms of an improved investment over miserable bank interest rates, I am not too sure how that might work out, given those with such "investments" seem more than likely to be baby boomers who by means fair or foul may be due to drop off the perch over the next few years, myself included, which I suspect may well alter values of much, and in the classic car market, perhaps more than most given all the climate change thinking and advances in electric vehicle design and capability..Hmm...?
Perhaps the best returns on a Morgan is just to enjoy it in whatever way YOU choose.... ME..? Such are the returns already delivered in terms of ownership of my Morgan that I feel it owes me nothing, and that would seem to be a reasonably happy state of affairs...?
As ever just thinking in type without any intent to annoy anyone.