Number of classic cars and motors doubled in seven years


Illustration: a Morris Minor (1953) I saw in the Amsterdamse Bos last spring.

Daily Algemeen Dagblad reports (Dutch) that the number of old-timers in the Netherlands has doubled in seven years, with cars going from 121,000 in 2000 to 204,000 in 2007. The amount of classic motorcycles has risen even more, almost tripling from 32,000 to 94,000. Old-timers are defined as cars that are more than 25 years old.

A number of experts interviewed came up with different reasons to explain this rise. One of them suggested that it may have to do with the increased quality of cars and motorcycles; they last longer. Another thought it might have to do with taxes; owners of old-timers don’t have to pay road tax. A third guessed that the aging population may have to do with it; old people with money buying cars to be seen with.

Link to statistics. Via Telegravin (Dutch).


  1. Belgian Uncle says:

    Hey, that’s our old car. My dad bought one when it was already 16 years old and drove it for a lot of years after that.

    One day my mother complained about the draught. They lifted up the carpet and found the floor was completely rusted through.

    Ours might have been even older, because the one in the picture doesn’t appear to have trafficators.

  2. The model is from 1953, this particular make could be from a more recent date. The car first attracted my attention because the back half looks like a copy of the Volkswagen Beetle.

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