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  • What is the Best Classic Car?

    What is the best classic car? That’s a loaded question, of course, and opinions vary as much as personal colors or best sports team. There are so many considerations when talking about “best” and even what is considered “classic.”

    That’s because the answer of “it depends” truly applies. Are you talking about power? Design? Mechanics? Cost? Quality? Usually, it is somewhat all of the above, and as a result, very subjective.

    According to an article in a past issue of Classic Motorsports, when asked “What is the best classic car?” not one of our enthusiasts had a ready answer. In one way or another, everyone said there are just too many to choose from. “Best classic car for what?” was usually the first response, with “What do you mean by ‘classic car’?” coming right on its heels.

    Defining some categories helped our friends get their arms around our question, but by refusing to define the term “classic car” we kept responses open-ended. The results were eclectic, to say the least.

    Nationalities represented included England, Italy, Germany, Japan and the United States. The years of production ranged from the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 through the 1979 Mazda RX-7, even with the “future classics” excluded. Current value of the picks showed a comparable range, with the least expensive—even outside the “budget” category—worth less than $5000, while the most expensive mentioned were over the million-dollar mark. Horsepower wasn’t a criterion of “best” either, with some of the favorites well under 100 and others over 500.

    Talk show host and enthusiast extraordinaire Jay Leno’s collection represents all the variety. Jay has everything from steamer to gasoline, small to large, slow to fast, and cheap to priceless poised to take him down the road. Each of the cars was beautiful in its own way: some in the sweep of their lines, and some in the craftsmanship inherent in their components. But these were not just static pieces of art.

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    “It’s the mechanicalness of them that I like,” Jay said several times. “Once you’ve taken them apart and put them back together again, there’s no mystery; nothing’s hidden.” This lever pushes that valve, that spark ignites this mixture of gas and air, which pushes that cylinder to turn this gear to rotate that wheel. Sure, they’re complicated, but they can be pulled apart and understood.

    Once they are put back together and driven, Jay noted in several different ways, they almost come alive. Artistry, “mechanicalness,” and motion are the elements that link together the variety of cars selected by our friends as the best classics.

    Jay’s responses seem to define why car enthusiasts love tinkering with their cars, and British car owners have a special infinity to doing so—in part because of the preciousness of the parts—and also because they are typically more novelty when on the road.

    That’s where we come in. At British Parts Northwest, we are large enough to serve, yet small enough to care about your British car. We stock what we sell, so that items you seek are shipped directly from us to you. Check out our online catalog of parts—sorted by cars—and see how we can keep your British baby on the road and performance ready!

  • Collection of British Car Repair How To Videos

    Since 1983 British Parts Northwest has been dedicated to providing a wide range of new and used car parts. The way we provide our customers access to our huge catalog of parts has changed over the years, but one thing has remained the same, we offer low prices while maintaining prompt, fast, and courteous service.

    More recently, we've started publishing YouTube videos to demonstrate how to install specific parts on your British car. The response to these videos has been very positive, so for this month's blog post we are going to feature three of our favorite and most popular videos.

    First let's start with our first video that demonstrates how to install a reduction gear starter on a Triumph.

    Next, we'll jump to our most popular video that explains how to install a Monza Exhaust.

    Finally, we are featuring our most recent video in which we show you how to install a carpet kit in a British car.

    We have a very active Facebook community at the official BP Northwest Facebook Page. Join us on Facebook or even Twitter and we'll be happy to help you restore your British car.

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