Techno Classica Essen 2020 postponed due to Corona virus

Several media reported the postponement of Techno Classica Essen 2020. At the time of writing, this information is yet to be confirmed on the organisation's website. Supposedly, the event will be rescheduled to 17 - 21 June 2020. Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic's development, this might even be further postponed to late 2020.

The exhibition, scheduled to take place from 25 - 29 March, can be seen as the kick off of the European classic car season. Having attracting nearly 200.000 visitors from 46 countries in 2019, it was regarded as a high-risk event for some time.

Both Coys and RM Sotheby's auctions will likely be rescheduled with the 2020 Techno Classica edition. It is yet unclear if and how the financial consequences for exhibitioners will be compensated. The North Rhine Westfalia state government has not officially banned the event in prior weeks, which would have made free cancellation legally possible. In the current situation, stand holders and the Techno Classica organisation will have to find a way to a satisfactory solution.


Celebrating 5 years of Dandy Classics

5 years ago, I turned my passion for motoring icons into a business. What started as a small shop developed into a 1500 m2 showroom, storage facility and parts warehouse. During these 5 years I have been lucky to meet a lot of fellow enthusiasts, helping them realise their dreams on wheels, or pass them on to someone else. In and out came a wide variety of cars, that attracted a wide variety of folks, all with a shared passion. Classic cars stir up emotions, inspire and connect people.

Rusty wrecks were rescued from leaky barns, shipped across the world and passed on to skillful enthusiasts. No doubt these cars have put their new owners to the test. Greasy fingernails, welding burns and bloody knuckles are just some of the physical discomforts that come with a restoration. The mental challenge is one of hardship and discipline, learning new skills and bringing that big project to an end. The biggest reward comes at the end. Finally that big smile on your face when you are able to drive your own crystallised blood sweat and tears; 'I love it when a plan comes together'.

Developing Dandy Classics is a journey comparable with the restoration of a classic car. It's a story of ups and downs, of perseverance and dedicated attention. Two major developments were creating a 2000 article web shop and establishing a dedicated storage facility. The collection of classic cars for sale is ever changing and growing, with old friends making place for new arrivals.

Looking back, it is hard to believe to have been in business for 5 years already. Time sure flies when you are having fun. A big word of thanks goes out to our customers. Without your trust and enthusiasm, this journey would not have been possible. Thanks a lot for your continued support! Lets make the next 5 years as memorable as the last ones.


Hoe gebruik je de multimeter?

Gebruik je tot nu toe alleen een spanningszoeker voor de elektrische klusjes aan je oldtimer? In veel gevallen een uitstekend hulpmiddel, maar nogal beperkt qua mogelijkheden. In de gereedschapskist mag een goede multimeter niet ontbreken. Hoewel een multimeter er op het eerste gezicht nogal ingewikkeld uitziet hoef je heus geen elektricien te zijn om er mee te kunnen werken. Met een korte handleiding helpen we je graag op weg:

Spanning meten

Schakel het apparaat naar het Volt gelijkstroombereik. Dit wordt aangegeven door de grote V en het DC-symbool. Het wisselstroombereik, (gemarkeerd door een sinuslijn) is bedoeld voor huishoudelijk gebruik. De multimeter heeft verschillende meetbereiken, voor de 6V en 12V auto-ectronica is het zinvol om deze in te stellen op 20 volt. Zo kun je bijvoorbeeld meten of de accu echt vol is (ongeveer 13 volt), of de laadspanning voldoende is, of zelfs te hoog (maximaal 14,7 volt), of er voldoende spanning aankomt op terminal 15 van de bobine (ongeveer 13 volt, met serieweerstand iets minder). Kortom: De voltmeter geeft aan of de volle accuspanning werkelijk alle bestemmingen bereikt. De spanning wordt verminderd door weerstanden in gedeeltelijk gebroken kabels of op gecorrodeerde en losse stekkerverbindingen.

Weerstand meten

Schakel het apparaat over naar het Ohm-gebied, dat wordt aangegeven met het Omega symbool. In deze stand meet de multimeter de elektrische weerstand tussen de meetstiften. Als de stiften elkaar raken moet dhet display op nul staan; er is nu immers geen of vrijwel geen weerstand. Als de tips van elkaar zijn gescheiden, verschijnt er een 1 op het display, die een oneindig hoge (volle) weerstand symboliseert. Zo kun je bijvoorbeeld de weerstand van de bougiekabels opmeten. Weerstandsmeting wordt vaak toegepast bij het testen van kabelverbindingen. Door de multimeter aan te sluiten aan weerszijde van de kabel wordt de weerstand gemeten. Ligt deze dicht bij 0 dan is de verbinding in orde. Op dezelfde manier kunnen gewikkelde spoelen van bijvoorbeeld startmotoren en dynamo's gemeten worden.

Stroomsterkte meten

Om stroom te meten moet het apparaat worden omgeschakeld naar het ampèrebereik, aangegeven met de hoofdletter A. Het stroomsterktebereik is het stroombereik van het apparaat. Hier meet je niet alleen of er stroom is, maar ook hoeveel. Ideaal om bijvoorbeeld te achterhalen of een stille stroomverbruiker 's nachts de accu leegslurpt. Om dit te meten koppel je één van de twee accupolen los en sluit je de multimeter aan tussen deze pool en de accuklem. Verder meten kan in de zekeringenkast, om zo het verbruik terug te filteren tot een bepaald circuit.

Massaverbindingen controleren

Tot nu toe beperkten we ons tot metingen aan de positieve kant van het stroomcircuit. In de praktijk kan het probleem ook echter aan de negatieve kant liggen, bijvoorbeeld door roestige massaverbindingen of wanneer de massa bij een vers gespoten gerestaureerde auto onvoldoende is schoongemaakt. Controleer de massakabels dus grondig en maak deze goed schoon. Een lik vaseline voorkomt dat ze verder worden aangetast door corrosie.

Heb je nog geen multimeter? Let er dan bij de aanschaf op dat je apparaat een meetbereik heeft dat oploopt tot tenminste 10A. Bij lichtere apparaten zal de zekering anders snel doorbranden.


10 tips for selling your classic car

There may be many reasons why you plan on selling your classic car. The most common reasons for sales include lack of space, lack of time, not using the car enough or financial difficulties. Whatever your reason, the sale of a classic car is not an everyday affair. From my experience with selling classics, I have formulated a couple of tips. Hopefully, these will help you to successfully sell your oldtimer car.

1. Prepare the car for sale

Wash your car. Too often I encounter cars under a layer of dust, tucked away in a corner of a shed with an interior full of junk. Not particularly attractive for a potential buyer. So start off by giving your car a thorough cleaning. Although most classic car enthousiasts know that there is always something to improve on an old car, it helps to fix small defects in advance. In particular, the general state of maintenance, fine tuning of the engine and proper functioning of brakes, steering and suspension are important. Also consider collecting and organising documentation. A stack of invoices for maintenance, parts, valuation reports and manuals make an oldtimer more attractive for enthusiasts.

2. Take good photos

Photograph your car in a clear way, in daylight and with a neutral background. Keep a certain chronological order. Start with the 4 corners of the car, front and rear, then the interior, mileage, engine compartment, boot area and any maintenance history and extra parts. Also add clear close ups of defects. A dent, scratch, rust bubbles or crack in the glass will not be noticed from a distance, especially on photos. You are helping potential buyers by offering your car as transparent as possible.


3. Be honest and transparent in the description

This serves two purposes. It informs the buyer and helps you answer apparently simple questions. So be honest about what you offer. Has the engine ever been replaced? Does the car whine in third gear? Does the interior come from another car? Is there any rust or past repair work? Mention this clearly in your advertisements. It prevents disappointments and wasting each other's time.

4. Apply a realistic asking price

Pricing your car correctly and market-compatibly is not easy. Owners often have an unrealistic view of their car's value, especially when a lot has been invested. However annoying this may sound, the value of a car is mostly unrelated to the amount of money that has been put in. Supply and demand determine value. To be more precise because, the value of you car is based on its attractiveness to potential buyers,  compared to other cars on the market. Some vintage cars are simply not very popular. It can sometimes take years before a certain make or type is 'in fashion' again. Certain models are fortunate to take part in a popularity trend, which benefits the price. For example, a Peugeot 205 GTi that was purchased 10 years for a meagre € 1000 can fetch more than an MGB that was bought at the same time for € 10,000. Even when that MG comes with a large stack of recent specialist invoices of € 8,000. This observation can hurt, but it helps if you adjust your expectations to the market situation. Make a good estimate of the value in advance and check where comparable cars are being offered for.

5. Answer questions from interested parties with patience

If all goes well, you have already given most of the information in your ad tekst. Also, a substantial number of clear photos have been posted. Despite your careful preparation, you will notice that questions may arise that can cause irritation. Often, for example, the (lowest, last, trade, ...) price is requested. Many people also ask questions for which the answer can already be derived from your text or photos. Especially with e-mail traffic, there is often miscommunication. Keep in mind that most people, despite their lack of communication skills, have sincere intentions. So stay patient and polite and try to answer every question seriously.


6. Be wary of scammers and bunglers

Should we specifically address payment via Western Union or an intermediary proposed by the buyer? Often these are foreign buyers, people who are too busy to inspect the car in person and are the least critical about the car you offer. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. As long as the car stays where it is until payment is received, there seems to be little to worry about. Everything that deviates from this is, to put it mildly, dubious.

Of course there are also people whose hobby it is to browse through car ads, contacting many sellers to try and make 'a deal'. These people are not interested in buying a nice classic, but get a kick out of the buying process itself (which will never be followed up, even if an agreement is reached below rock-bottom price). It is my prejudiced suspicion that many people with mental illnesses, detainees and minors respond to car ads. I do not like putting a label on people, but this is typically a case of personal frustration. Classic cars are a dream for many, but only accessible to the few. My advice: do not get carried away by irritations. Keep communicating politely and be clear about what is and is not possible.


7. Beware of cash transactions

In the car trade it is not unusual when (a part of) the purchase price is paid in cash. Buyers and sellers are naturally suspicious and can consider this a safe payment option. However, this does increase the risk for the seller, as there may be counterfeit banknotes in that big stack of cash. On the other hand, a buyer may be suspicious of transferring a considerable sum of money by bank. Do you doubt the authenticity of the money? Suggest to go to a deposit machine with the buyer, or use a device with which authenticity features can be distinguished. A check is unusual in the Netherlands, but is still widely used in Belgium and France. This also involves a risk, when the check is not covered.


8. Patience is rewarded

Has your car still not sold after two weeks? Don't panic. The sale of a classic car usually takes longer than in the case of a modern car, for which there is a much bigger pool of buyers. From personal experience, a number of months usually pass before a serious buyer shows up. A sale period of more than a year is not uncommon either. In the latter case, there is a fair chance that your asking price is unrealistic, or that your car is of an undesirable type, colour or specification.


9. Fast cash = less revenue

If you do not have that time, concessions will have to be made to the price. Traders can often buy on a short term, but offer considerably less than private buyers. When selling via online or offline auctions, there is a risk that there are too few serious bidders to raise the price to a realistic market value. And when setting a too high reserve price, the car can remain unsold, while fixed fees have been charged.


10. Sell by yourself or through a specialist?

Selling your classic by yourself brings a few disadvantages and risks. Don't like the prospect of answering many phone calls and e-mails, having strangers at the door and disappointments due to deals not falling through? Maybe it's a better idea to sell the car on consignment by a classic car specialist. In the Netherlands and Belgium there are several specialist dealers who sell cars on behalf of their customers. Also at Dandy Classics we like to help our customers with consignment sales. Curious about how this works? Read more on our purchase and consignment page.

Maybe you want to wait a little longer and put the car in storage for a while? Continue reading our article with storage tips for your classic car.



Why the Jaguar XJS gets better with age – and why now is the time to get one

The Jaguar XJ-S (later renamed XJS) is a car you either love or hate. At the time of its introduction in 1975, its styling was considered too forward-looking, while at the end of its lifecycle in 1996 it was already considered a classic. At the time of writing, even the youngest XJS is more than 20 years old, while the older XJ-S models are over 40. With many different versions around there are substantial differences in character, although they all share a level of smoothness and sophistication that is matched by very few other cars. Having evolved from the Jaguar E-type and having served as a blueprint for the Jaguar XK8 and Aston Martin DB7, the XJS is often misunderstood. It is about time to give it some extra credit.

Jaguar's launch poster was not quite modest


Different car, different styling.

For a long time, the XJ-S stood in the shadow of its legendary predecessor, the E-type. It is wrongly considered to be the E-type's successor. Instead, it was more of a GT, an evolution that was started when the Series 3 E-type received its silky smooth V12. Except for its drivetrain, the XJ-S did not look like anything close to an E-type. It lacks the dramatic elegance of the earlier Jaguar sports cars and does not have the classical looks of the Jaguar XJ sedans, that the public came to associate with Jaguar's distinctive image. Whereas the XJ-S's styling was definitely  brave and forward-looking, the design of the later XK8 was clearly inspired by the curvy lines of the E-type. This was an era where retroism dominated the design of many sports and luxury cars. As the XK8 aged, potential buyers of modern classics have overlooked the XJS and chose the retro XK8. With modern Jaguars having finally taken on a more radically different styling, the distinctively different XJS is on the up.

Evolution of the Jaguar XJ-S and Jaguar car design

The XJ-S stayed in production for more than 20 years, seeing the company evolve through its most difficult period. At the time of introduction, it was built in an antiquated factory that still mostly relied on tooling from the 1950's. Reliability issues and a heavy thirst almost led to its discontinuation at the end of the 1970's, but the introduction of the modified High Efficiency engine attracted buyers again in the early 1980's. It wasn't until Ford Motor Company invested heavilly in modernisation and quality improvements that a more refined 3rd version of the XJS (note the different spelling) came into existence. Quality wise, the car had now overcome most (if not all) of its earlier issues. Rust prevention was also on a much higher level, while the electrics had finally become reliable. For a long time, these were the best Jaguars ever built.

The design of Jaguar cars however, got neglected under the umbrella of Ford. One could say that Jaguar's design department had lacked sheer courage for a very long time, basically eversince the XJ-S was introduced. The XJ's basic design was still inspired by the XJ6 Series 1 from the late 1960's. Not a bad source of inspiration, just not really worthy of a company like Jaguar, of which all of its classics had a forward looking design philosophy. Worst of all, the newly introduced X-type and S-type shared a platform and many technical components with the Ford Mondeo and Lincoln LS. So much for a distinctive character, Jaguar was now spitting out badge-engineered McMotors.

This came to an end when the first new cars under design director Ian Callum introduced a radically modern look. The new XK and XF came out shortly before Tata Motors took over, marking the beginning of a whole new era in Jaguar's history. In hindsight, the XJ-S had been the last truly brave and forward-looking design that came out of Coventry for a long time.

The XJS as an appreciating classic

Many enthusiasts agree that the XJS gets better with age, confirmed by recent increases in market value. In our opinion, the Jaguar XJS is still underpriced though and we expect values to keep rising as more and more people are getting used to Jaguar's more modern design philosophy. It will never be as desirable as an XK 120 or E-type, but it has finally stepped out of the shadows and is now appreciated for its differentness and significance in Jaguar's history.


Looking for a Jaguar XJS to buy?

Dandy Classics specialises in british sports and GT cars, like the Jaguar XJS. Take a look at our current stock, by going to our collection page.


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