On average, classic vehicles cover 1,200 miles a year in the UK. That compares to the general UK motoring average of 7,200 miles. A more hard-hitting figure is that daily use of a mobile phone and a laptop generate 1,250kg and 1,400kg of CO2 respectively a year. By comparison, the use of a classic car, those 1,200 miles, produce 563kg of CO2 a year – almost a third of that of a laptop in daily use.
Then there’s assessing the scale of the industry. Far from a few old gentlemen in their sheds tinkering as some may imagine, the classic car industry, according to the HCVA, had an £18.3billion turnover in 2019. Within that are £1.57billion in classic car sales and £1.08billion in insurance alone. In total, the industry was worth £2.9billion just in tax revenue in 2019.
Beyond the hard monetary figures, the industry as a whole employs somewhere in the region of 113,000 people and provides around 665 apprenticeship opportunities for young workers. These businesses support and are supported by over 700,000 classic car owners and over three million cars.