It's always a struggle with classic cars. It shouldn't be – after all, they are simply big lumps of metal, plastic and rubber. But we get emotionally atached and it all goes to pot. Take my Rover SD1, for instance. I've owned it since December 2005, but didn't actually drive it properly until after its full restioration (you can reall all about that here and here, and even then, it took a fair amount of fettling to get the thing running and driving as it should.
But now it's finished, and driving as it did (if not better) than from new (in July 1976), I should spend some time relaxing and enjoying it. Except, well... except I don't actually find myself feeling that way at all. Don't ask me why, but for some reason I've come to the conclusion that I need to sell it and move on to my next 'project'. Go and figure.
I know in my heart that whatever I get to replace the Rover, it's going to be a whole lot more difficult to work on. For a start, the SD1's been brilliant for parts. Thanks to specialists, such as Rimmer Bros., just about any part you need for this car is available off the shelf – from the largest, most complex body panels, to the smallest rubber grommit. And as a community, the Rover scene is very supportive...
And after that, moving on will be tough.
But after long and hard deliberation, I have decided to sell, and launch myself into another classic car restoration/project/old dog. And to think, I always used to wonder at all those people who spent so much time and money doing up their car, only to sell. Now I understand.
The main question remains - how do I sell it? Offer it to the community first and hope someone bites? Stick it in a classic car auction? Sell it online? I've passed off many old smokers via the auction websites (you know the one), but somehow it just feels a bit wrong to me for something that is a) my pride and joy and b) worth more than a couple of hundred quid.
So what would you do? I'd love to hear your experiences.