Classic cars 'rising in popularity'

Vintage cars are finding their way back into the hearts and minds of car lovers, figures have revealed.

According to Autotrader.co.uk, more and more British car enthusiasts searched for classic cars in the month of December, with Ferrari and Chrysler being especially in demand.

The popularity of the Ferrari 288 GTO increased by 287% among motorists, while peculiar cars like the Chrysler Hunter and the Chrysler Le Baron saw an increase in searches by 144% and 98% respectively.

As customers vie to line their driveways with the trendiest cars, Aston Martin - which won the 'Britain's coolest brand' accolade last year - was sure to emerge as a favourite, with its classic models the DB1, DB2 and DB3 making it to the top 10 on the website's list.

The fact that the sports-car maker's several vintage models have been featured in many James Bond movies adds to their appeal.

"Brits are well known for their love affair with classic cars - but it's still surprising to see such sudden growth, especially at a traditionally quiet time of year for the motor industry," Matt Thompson, Auto Trader's marketing director said.

"This could be a reflection of the unusual economic times; the depreciation level for classic cars is far lower than that of newer vehicles and, if well cared for, some even increase in value. Chosen wisely, a classic car can be a valuable asset as well as bringing its owner lots of pleasure."

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