Figures suggest the value of classic cars flat-lined and in some cases fallen over the past 12-months and it’s claimed to be in part due to a “dire shortage of skilled mechanics”.
Classic car values have dropped for the first time in more than a decade, according to Coutts, the Queen’s bank.
Philip Warner, co-founder of the Car and Classic website, said: “Prices have tumbled and that is in part due to the dire shortage of skilled mechanics.
“That makes their future very uncertain.
“They are schooled to depend on computer diagnostics without opening the bonnet.
“Sadly, the old grease-monkey is a dying breed of mechanic.
“My generation was able to use a manual to strip down a car and put back together again.
“I seriously doubt the future of classic cars as we know them.
“At best we might see a more reliable modern engine powering a classic chassis.”
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