Would be interesting to see the data about the age of the buyer and the age of the cars for buyers/insurers of more than one car over time. I find that as I get older, the cars I buy are getting younger. I think that is because I don't enjoy wrenching as must as I used to, and I have the means to pay for a pro to do it, but I still love driving.
Sir there are a number of MG clubs is Florida where you will find nice people to help you out. https://www.mg-cars.org.uk/clubs/clubus.html#F
Wiring on these car is always an issue if not replaced.
Over the year many a mechanic must have add a number of wires to bypass Lucas guaranteed short circuit. Probably a mess but
It is rather simple and quick to fix ( meaning replace everthing). Wiring is about a 1000$ + labor .Please do not give your car away !
Since 2005, I have purchased 22 cars online. For all but 1, the first time I saw it in person was when the carrier pulled in to deliver it, or in a few cases, when I flew to the seller's place on a one-way ticket to drive it home. Ranging in price from $5k to $75k, with a few getting a PPI. A couple of mistakes along the way, but you develop a sixth sense about these things, know what to ask, and the key, determine the seller's credibility. You can just tell when it's right and when it isn't.
I bought an SLK55 AMG P30 from Carvana in February. I was admittedly skeptical, but 7 day no-questions asked right to return, and 100 day bumper to bumper warranty. I used the 7 day window to take it to MY mechanic for a thorough inspection. He found a couple of issues, but nothing that was a deal killer. I accepted the car in the 7 day window, and then took it back to the same guy and got the problems fixed under the Carvana warranty. Almost $800 of work, cost me $50 because my guy was not on their 'approved' list. I would do it again in a heartbeat for the right car. The only issue I have with Carvana is that the search engine on their website blows.
The topic does not talk about where more of these cars are listed, on line VS live only auctions only cars sold auctions. If sellers of cars of this age car are not listing on line as much as live auctions they could be limiting their market audience. On the on line auction chart every car in that age group that was listed did sell and sold across all age groups. With more under 30-year-old enthusiast buying more 70, 80 and even 100+ year old cars on line then they did at live auction. I agree you need to educate yourself and know the condition, and originality and what the car is supposed to be whatever the age car.
I’m Gen X. I have a long list of cars I’d like to have dating back to the early 1900s but I’m tiring of the same muscle cars everyone else has and now at the top of my list are several Japanese sports/gt cars that I couldn’t afford new as a young man. I think people buy further down their list after they satisfy their youthful desires or when they realize like I have that the top of the list is already getting unaffordable.
I don’t mind bidding but the current systems are incredibly frustrating. It’s always a seven day auction, the seller “never” replies until there’s only three or four days left making it impossible to take off work to travel or arrange a 3rd party inspection in time. I don’t mind paying top dollar but I’m not a high-stakes gambler. I bought a 68 Mustang through an online auction but it was local and the seller replied quickly. I wish they’d all do at least two weeks or month but that’s long enough to discover the hidden flaws. Most that I’ve managed to actually inspect or have inspected has needed expensive work that wasn’t obvious in the photos and videos.
For me, what was at the top of my list changed over time. I lived through the muscle car era, and thought I would want something from then. But as I grew older and got spoiled with 500HP with AC and ABS and leather and -real- performance and a sound system that rattles the windows in the neighborhood, the idea of driving a 50 year old car that has no AC, no disc brakes, and an AM-FM radio with the optional speaker in the rear shelf really has very little appeal to me. A few years ago, I bought a 71 RS/SS 396 Camaro, but honestly I much prefer both the technology AND the performance of something more contemporary. I think it's the difference between liking to remember how it was and liking to drive on the edge today. I would never attempt to drive a 'muscle' car the way I drive my Acura or my Mercedes AMG or even my Jeep. Sure, I'd love to have a Leno collection, but I don't have the pocketbook nor the garage space for something that doesn't literally move me.
P.S. my first car was a '68 Mustang 302 4-barrel.