Renting a car is about more than just getting from Point A to Point B. There is a certain ambience about each car driven--the colour of the chrome, the feel of the steering wheel, the torque and acceleration, the heads it turns. Vacationers who want the full experience must consider fantastic classic car rentals. There's nothing like the thrill of adding a 1960 Triumph TR 3 or a Jaguar XKE to the next trip. The classic car rental business is thriving, despite the recession, as more and more travellers recognise the benefit of driving a timeless vintage vehicle.
Sports Car Rentals, Charlottesville, Virginia
For £61/day or £117/weekend, vintage-loving motorists can drive a cherry red 1978 Alfa-Romeo, a green 1974 MGB, a red 1963 Triumph TR3, a green 1972 Triumph Spitfire or a red 1963 Buick Skylark. "You feel you're one with the car," says owner John Pollack, who has been running this classic sports car rental business since 1995. Just a 10-minute drive from Shenandoah National Park, what better way to drive down the winding roads than in a "rolling piece of art"?
Imperial Classic Limousine Service, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
While there isn't a big fancy website advertising what Monte Bruckman's got, interested motorists can get a hold of some classic cars while in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bruckman has a fleet of 1940s- and 1950s-era Chrysler Imperials, which he has been sending out for 31 years. He chauffeurs clients to red carpet events, weddings and extravagant parties, along Route 66 and north to Santa Fe. These extremely rare vehicles were once beloved by presidents and celebrities alike.
Dream Car Rentals, Las Vegas, Nevada
Cruising down the Las Vegas Strip in a vintage car is the most ideal place to look like a high roller. With Dream Car Rentals, motorists can rent a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado or a 1968 Pontiac GTO. The '59 Cadillac is one of the most memorable American car models, with its pod-shape, heavy chrome grill, round headlights and convertible top. These cars almost look more like a space craft than a motor vehicle. This snazzy little sports car rents for £162 for five hours or £227 per day.
Vintage Classics, Oxford, England
"Old cars can be just as reliable if properly looked after," says Philip Rowe, owner of Vintage Classics near Oxford, England. This company specialises in wedding chauffeuring, 50th or 60th birthday rentals, corporate event rentals and vacation self-drive rentals. Visitors will enjoy driving through the British countryside in a red Alfa GTV, Alfa Spyder, Austin Healey, Daimler Sovereign, E-Type, MGC, Jaguar MKII, Mercedes 280CE, Audi Quattro Turbo or Leyland Beaver. Costs range from £150 to £250 ($245-$408 USD) per day or £385 to £625 per three-day weekend ($629-$1,023 USD).
Vintage Roads, Touraine, France
Just as the '57 Chevy is the quintessential classic car of America, the Citroën Traction Avant is the most beloved classic car of France. From 1934 to 1957, the Citroën Traction Avant was lauded for its quick speed and fine handling. This was the vehicle of choice in "The Great Escape," "The Sound of Music," and "From Russia with Love." Vintage Roads, nestled right in wine country, offers fully reconditioned, reliable vehicles in mint condition. A one-day trip will cost you 280 euros ($401 USD) or 380 euros ($545 USD) for a three-day weekend.
Motorparty, Dumfries, Scotland
Motorparty offers a wide selection of vintage rides, including a blue 1933 MG Midget, silver E-Type Jaguar, blue 1938 Austin Seven Ruby, black Morgan Plus 8, black motorbike and side car, powder blue Triumph Herald, red Alfa Romeo Giulia Spyder, blue Triumph Stag, black 1937 Austin 14/6, blue 1955 Dodge Coronet, blue Austin Cambridge Countrycar or a red MGB GT. These rentals can be picked up just 15 minutes from the Dumfries train station or 90 minutes from the Prestwick, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. One-day prices range from £ 95 to £ 235 ($155- £249 GBP) or £550 to £1150 ($898-$1879 USD) for the week.
Why Rent Classic?
There are many reasons to rent a classic car. First off, renting a car for a special occasion is much more cost-efficient than owning a vintage vehicle. These older cars can become a money pit for owners, given the maintenance, insurance, replacement parts and fuel expenses. Also, more often than not, they sit idly in garages. Classic car rentals are ideal for people who love and appreciate classic cars but logically know they won't be able to drive them all the time.
Vacationers love to jet around town in a classic car for the ultimate adventure. Additionally, many car companies offer package deals that include bed and breakfast stays, wine tasting, city tours and even chauffeuring. These car rentals also make a spectacular 50th or 60th birthday gift for the person who seemingly has it all. Weddings, corporate events and special parties are all excellent opportunities to make a lasting impression, arriving in a vintage vehicle.
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