Vintage Car

7 great tips to planning your epic classic car road trip

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With spring upon us, many classic car owners are preparing their cars for the road following winter storage. The chill of winter is fading away and many drivers start planning road trips. And for the recent classic car owners, weather like this is one reason you decided to become the owner of the car of your dreams. But whether you’re a veteran to the ownership game or a newbie, preparing your car for road trips is a good idea and helps make the experience that much better. Why worry about the reliability of your car while on the road? Or worse yet, trying to figure out how to repair a broken car when you should be enjoying the drive.

Let’s get one thing out of the way. Your classic car is just not going to be as reliable as a modern day Ford, Chevy or BMW. Classic cars are decades old using technology developed before you were born. And if the car you choose to drive isn’t restored, you’re not benefitting from any of today’s restoration techniques or hardware.

But that’s part of the charm of driving a classic. There is a little uncertainty mixed in with the fun of owning anything classic, whether it be a pre-war vintage or a 60s era muscle car.

With that in mind, let’s consider a few things to look out for as you plan a spring or summer trip.

First step: A tune-up

It wouldn’t hurt to start your preparations by doing a simple tune-up. Change the oil and filter, then check the spark plugs. If the plugs were changed recently or prior to the car being stored for the winter, checking gaps should be sufficient. Obviously, any suspicious carbon or oil deposits on the plugs means a problem needs to be taken care of before hitting the road. Easy things to check are clogged air filters or a problem with the fuel system. Oil on the plug is a little more serious so checking for oil leaking past valve guides or piston rings is a good bet.

Sometimes the destination can be as great as the drive.

Sometimes the destination can be as great as the drive.

Look for worn rubber

Next, take a look at all of the gaskets, seals and belts. Anything looking worn or cracked needs to be replaced. You don’t need a worst case scenario where you’re replacing a broken belt on the side of the road or in a hotel parking lot.

Check the tires and the spare

Take a look at your tires next. Always try to keep tires at the correct air pressure to minimize wear. If a car was stored through the winter months, check the tires for flat spots which can happen when a car sits in the same place for an extended period of time. Replace any tires that look worn or cracked. And last but not least, make sure you check the air pressure of the spare tire. A flat spare does nothing for you when you need it.

Make sure you can stop

The most important thing your car needs to do is stop. Yes, even more important than getting it moving. And for obvious reasons.

So let’s make some quick checks. First, make sure the fluid level in the master cylinder is at the correct level. Then check under the car and at each wheel for leaking brake fluid. New classic or vintage car owners may not know when brake pads were changed or brake lines replaced. This is time well spent to avoid any stopping problems during your travels.

Keep it running cool

Keeping your car’s engine running cool is crucial, especially if your road trip includes any summer desert driving. Hot days will quickly test a car’s cooling system. If you feel it’s necessary, you can flush the cooling system, replacing it with fresh fluid. Also check the radiator fins for debris and the radiator cap for a tight fit.

The road test

One final note while you prepare your car for the road. If you have time, take it on a long road test, driving both city streets and highway roads. The idea here is to get the car in as many road conditions as possible prior to your trip. This way you have the opportunity to see how the car operates with everything at the proper temperature. The test drive may present you with unseen gremlins that can be corrected prior to your trip.

Pick a route worthy of your classic car.

Pick a route worthy of your classic car.

The road you take makes a difference

A route that includes hills and the potential for unfavorable weather can make a road trip more difficult in a classic car. An underpowered vintage car will struggle with elevation changes, not to mention keeping up with modern day traffic on interstate highways.

Although, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t consider historically significant roadways as part of your trip. Route 66 sounds like a cliché but why not add it to your list of highways to try?

Roads like this can be found if you look.

Roads like this can be found if you look.

Others to consider are the Pacific Coast Highway in California, the Tail of the Dragon, which begins on the Tennessee/ North Carolina state line, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which passes through both Virginia and North Carolina.

Give yourself some leeway when heading for your next destination. There’s nothing wrong with taking your time and enjoying the drive, especially in a classic.

How to list your classic car on Vinty

Following our post about why you should rent your classic car, this article will give you a step-by-step guide to list your car.

N.B: Vinty can do this setup for you if you prefer, simply contact us.


Step 1 - Sign up for Vinty The first step to being able to list your classic car: you need to sign up!

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You will receive a confirmation email right away and you can now log into your Vinty account.

Step 2 - List your car Now that you have a Vinty account, click the button on the top right "List your car".

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Now, you need to select a category: What kind of vintage car do you want to rent out?

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Select a listing type: you can rent your classic car per day, per hour, or select the "contact us" option if you would rather discuss pricing case by case. For the first two options, you will need to set a price for your car. Please keep in mind that Vinty takes a 20% commission on rentals and Paypal's transaction fee is about 3%.

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On this next screen, you will be able to set up all the specifics. We recommend being exhaustive about your rental conditions (rental type, locations you are willing to cover, etc.) in the description and uploading great pictures (exterior and interior) to make your listing as attractive as possible.

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Once you are done, hit the "Save listing" button. The next screen will allow you to edit your availability calendar (optional). You can get back to it later if you need.

Step 3 - Setup payout information In order to accept reservations, you need to enter your Bank Account or Paypal account information.

You will find this option in your account. Go to  "Settings" and then "Payments".

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There are two ways to receive payments on Vinty. Either by entering your Bank Account information or by connecting your Paypal Account.

To receive money to your bank account, you need to provide your bank details.

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To accept payments using Paypal.

  • "Connect your Paypal account" - this will grant permission for Vinty and Paypal to connect each other and accept payments for your classic car rentals.
  • "Grant permission to charge a transaction fee" - After you make a sale on Vinty, a service fee (20 % of the total price) will be charged from your PayPal account. Permission to do this is required in order to accept payments in Vinty.
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Hooray, everything is set up! You can start making money renting out your classic car!

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Step 4 - Your listing is online Congratulations! Enthusiasts will be able to find your beautiful classic car on our site and rent it for photo shoots or chauffeured events.

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Questions? Issues? Please refer to our FAQ or send us an email!

Did somebody say, Winter?

Hello, Everyone! We hope your Winter is going well for all of you. We have several exciting updates for you this month. Here we go: Classic car owner? We would love to list your car on Vinty!  While we are working on finding insurance for self-driven rental, we are getting more and more requests for photoshoots or chauffeuring rentals. If you have a classic car that you think would be a good fit for Vinty, get in touch with us! For chauffeuring and photoshoots rentals, you (the car owner) will be in control. You set the rental price; you drive the car, etc. We hope this will become a great way for classic car owners to maintain their vehicle in road worthy conditions and keep an essential part of the American motoring history thriving!

Palm Springs, Santa Barbara & Seattle: Vinty is alway adding cars and locations! We opened three new locations last month, Vinty is now in 13 locations, nationwide. We are now able to offer you chauffeured rides in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and Seattle.

Great car stories on the Vinty blog! We love to share car stories with you. Did you read about our event for the French luxury brand, Yves Saint Laurent or our recap of the Arizona auction week? You can check our latest stories atdrivevinty.com/blog. Do you have a story you want to share? Contact us and we would glad to submit your article to our editorial team.

Vinty at the Classic Auto Show. We held a booth at the first Classic Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention from January 27-29. We had wonderful encounters during the 3 days. Thank you for visiting us there and we look forward to the next one! Check our photo album if you want to see what it was like. Here is a little preview:

Remember, Vinty Gift Cards are available for Valentine too! What other gift do you need when you can offer to your loved one a unique driving experience? Head over to gift.drivevinty.com and send the ultimate Valentine present.

What’s next? We are working hard to expand our inventory and open new areas to help people get behind the wheel of their dream car. As always, if you want to contact us, feel free to send us an email at [email protected], we look forward to hearing from you!

See you on the road!

Pierre for the Vinty Team. CEO & Co-Founder

Vinty provides cars, ushers and coordination for a fabulous photo-shoot in Downtown Los Angeles

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Last week, Vinty assisted the Black Lemon event agency in organizing a multi-location photo-shoot for famed French luxury fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent. Black Lemon contacted us with their idea and asked if we could help. They needed cars and drivers that looked the part. We were able to do more - we coordinated with each venue to ensure parking and setting for the shoot, and identified the best routes to each location and helped to ensure that the event ran smoothly. All in all, it was a lot of fun but also hard work to make sure everything goes according to plan!

We knew starting this business that we would raise interest from brands and companies wanting to promote their product with classic cars, so it was an exciting achievement to work on this project.

We gathered our crew of drivers and cars in Marina Del Rey at 7:30 AM and convoyed to Downtown LA (aka DTLA). The plan was to pick up our guests - photographers and team from Yves Saint Laurent, along with their models - social influencers who had flown in from all around the world - from the Ace Hotel at 8:30 AM, after which we were going to several locations in DTLA for the shoot.

Our drivers were fired up. Riding in these classics is always very exciting, and ten of them cruising the streets together makes for quite a scene! From the thrill of the V8 engines of the Impala and the Mustangs to the feeling of cruising in the Cadillac Eldorado and DeVille.

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After picking them up, we split into two groups - one group was driven to the Art Share L.A gallery.

In the meantime, the other group of guests proceeded to the Order DTLA Tattoo Parlour, where they got tattooed and hung out in the artists' studio.

Lunch was held at The Row, and we then switched the groups in the afternoon. The activities finished around 4:30 PM.

With the rain starting early in LA, the driver of the one car missing wipers had to improvise a bit but hey, this what happens with 50+ years old vehicles in "sunny" California!

Overall, the day felt like a dream. Our guests were thrilled to be able to take great pictures and experience Downtown LA in legendary vintage cars. People passing by approached us to share their own stories about the cars. Being able to bring wonderful memories to each and everyone that encountered our classic autos was the cherry on the cake.

We look forward to helping with other corporate events soon, don't hesitate to contact us if you need to rent classic cars!

The Birth of the Pony Car: The Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang defines what a classic car is for many enthusiasts. It can be a serene boulevard cruiser or a ground shaking muscle car. And the passion for keeping the Mustang charm alive has initiated a rebirth of classic Mustang styling in recent model years. Just compare the 1965 fastback to today’s sixth-generation Mustang. The similarities are obvious. It seems any car with a strong cult following has a unique story worth telling. And the Ford Mustang is no exception.

The Mustang began as concepts, namely the 1962 Ford Mustang I and 1963 Ford Mustang II. The Mustang I was the most interesting of the two. It was an open cockpit two-seater with, believe it or not, a mid-mounted 4-cylinder engine. The Mustang I concept bared little resemblance to the final production car, but it was it was a fascinating design study from an American car company. Ultimately, the two concepts were used to test the public’s acceptance of a new Ford coupe.

The production car was introduced to the public in April of 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. Interestingly enough, the Ford factory was already making the car, as the automaker’s assembly line had ramped up the previous month.

Sales of the Mustang actually began five months prior to the normal start of the 1965 production year. Thus, among Mustang aficionados, the first cars are commonly referred to as 1964½ models. But to Ford, the Mustang was advertised, VIN coded and titled as 1965 models.

The Mustang hit the ground running, opening to rave reviews around the country, which included 2,600 publicity articles in newspapers. A convertible even appeared in the James Bond film, “Goldfinger,” in September of 1964.

The initial plan for the Mustang was for it to be strictly a two-seater. But after realizing how well the Thunderbird did following its change to a 2+2, the Mustang design changed as well to include front bucket seats and a rear bench seat. The additional Fastback model was introduced in August of 1965.

As one of the most requested cars on Vinty, the mystique of the Ford Mustang is just as strong as ever. There are several to choose from including this beautiful 1965 Fastback to the car pictured above, a 1966 convertible.

Happy Holidays from Vinty!

The Holiday season is here! We hope you are going to spend some quality time with your family and loved ones. We have several excellent updates for you this month. Here we go: Vinty Gift Cards are available! What other gift do you need when you can offer to your loved one a unique driving experience? Head over to gift.drivevinty.com and send the ultimate Christmas present.

Hawaii, Detroit, Boston: Vinty is alway adding cars and locations! You probably noticed, but we opened three new locations last month. We are now able to offer you a great driving sensation in Hawaii (Aloha!), Detroit (Motown!) and Boston (Beantown!).

Here are some of our team’s favorites:

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966 Shelby Cobra Replica

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. We want you to experience the thrill of a classic car even when you are on vacation, this is why we are proud to add this muscle car in Maui.

1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Celebrate your wedding in style in Motor City with this beautiful English limousine.

1940 Buick 90 Series Limited Touring. A classic wedding auto to make the perfect entrance, this car is available in Boston and has presidential history! In 1940 it was used by President FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt. We also added other awesome vehicles to the fleet in Los Angeles, including:

The legendary 1957 Porsche Speedster.

Introducing the Vinty blog! We love to share car stories with you. We started writing about it on the Vinty blog. You can check it out at drivevinty.com/blog. Do you have a story you want to share? Contact us and we would glad to submit your article to our editorial team.

Vinty at Pomona Swap last month. The West Coast's Largest Swap Meet and Classic Car Show, the Pomona Swap Meet, is happening almost every month. Our team was on site with a booth to present our marketplace to the public. We had a great time and we shared our best pictures on our Facebook page. Check this album if you want to see what it was like. Here is a little preview:

What’s next? We are still working hard to expand our inventory and open new areas to help people get behind the wheel of their dream car. As always, if you want to contact us, feel free to send us an email at [email protected], we look forward to hearing from you!

See you on the road!

Pierre for the Vinty Team. CEO & Co-Founder Find and rent the perfect classic or vintage car on Vinty https://drivevinty.com/

The Myth of the Eldorado

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Many classic cars have an interesting history and the Cadillac Eldorado is no exception.It begins with a small controversy and a competition. Contrary to what was reported by Palm Springs Life magazine at the time, the Cadillac Eldorado was not named after the Eldorado Country Club in Indian Wells, California. With a little research, anyone at the time would have discovered that the country club didn’t open until 1957, five years after Cadillac held the naming competition that gave birth to the Eldorado name.

Apparently the country club was a favorite haunt for General Motors executives. Unfortunately, the magazine took too many liberties and assumed too much. And became a humorous side note in the car’s history.

The Eldorado CompetitionThe Cadillac Eldorado name was actually coined following an internal naming competition for an upcoming concept car in 1952. The concept’s inception came about as a tribute to Cadillac’s golden anniversary. The concept led to a limited-edition convertible introduced in 1953.

The winner of the naming competition was a secretary in Cadillac’s merchandising department, Mary-Ann Marini.

Ms. Marini, using two Spanish words, created a contraction that translates as “the gilded” or golden one. El Dorado also refers to the South American “Lost City of Gold”, long searched for by Spanish explorers. And so began the story of the Cadillac Eldorado.

History and StylingOne of the classic Eldorado's offered by Vinty and featured in the photography here is a 1976 model. The body style of the 1976 model originated in 1971 as the seventh generation in the car’s lineup, with Cadillac selling 27,368 cars after the new body style was introduced. The following year, Cadillac sold a little over 40,000 Eldorado’s. Subsequently, Cadillac went on to make facelifts to the Eldorado in 1973 and 1975.

Remarkably enough, a 1973 Eldorado was chosen as the pace car for the Indy 500. Whether it was the facelift or the car’s appearance at Indianapolis, sales soared to 51,451, equaling over one-sixth of all Cadillac sales.

As you look at the 1975 Eldorado, styling updates for that model year were rectangular headlights, rear wheel openings minus the fender skirts and crisper body lines. These may seem like minor updates but it made for a more visually appealing car which some say carried design cues reminiscent of the 1967 through 1970 models.

Vinty’s Eldorado isn’t an Indy 500 pace car but it is available for rent in Los Angeles. Check it out and get your reservation in now.

Unrestored 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster secures high auction price

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The romance of the barn find tugs at the hearts of every car enthusiast. If we only had an uncle who drove a classic Bugatti or Maserati on the weekends, only to park it 40 years ago and never touch it again. Then, upon his death, your name appears in his will, bestowing the priceless classic in your name. Again, if only...A very personal relationship Well, this is a similar story. This 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster was purchased by John Casper in 1957 and driven about 1,700 miles a year until 1975.

The invoice shows a purchase date of May 31, 1957, from Shakespeare Motors in Hoopeston, Illinois. And in case you’re wondering, John was the first and only owner of this Porsche.

John enjoyed his Porsche and was regularly seen driving the car. Although never driven on a track or raced, the car is adorned with Road American stickers as John attended numerous Porsche Club of America events.

Parked but not forgotten Unfortunately, after driving and enjoying the car for 18 years, John was unable to drive it anymore and it was put into storage.

John was a true Porsche enthusiast. He cared for the car as evidenced by the availability of the original service booklet and service stickers on the door jamb. In addition, John only drove the Porsche during the summer months, away from the wet Chicago winter’s and helped keep it rust free.

John passed away about five years ago. A lifelong family friend acquired the Porsche from the estate in 2016. The new owner, when reviewing the car’s documentation, found the original title which everyone had feared was lost.

Rarity is increasingly hard to find The incredible condition of this car and its rarity is becoming increasingly difficult to find. This “barn find” Porsche 356A sold at Auction America’s Hilton Head event for $665,500, well over the expected selling price. The new owner is fortunate. As enthusiasts, we can only hope the car is restored to its original condition.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Auctions America

Halloween Treats from Vinty!

Halloween season is here! While Vinty does not sell candies, we believe that driving one of our classic cars for a day is as exciting and memorable as these kids trick or treating!We have several updates for you this month. Here we go:

Vinty on Product Hunt — Vote for us! Over the weekend, we have been featured on Product Hunt, a website that lets users share and discover new products. If you have a minute this week, please consider voting for us at https://www.producthunt.com/tech/vinty.

New locations, new cars! You probably noticed, but we opened two new locations last month. We are now able to offer you a great driving sensation in Rhode Island and Minnesota. Some of our team’s favorites include: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera. As a personal fan (and previous owner) of the 3.2 Carrera, this is a fantastic addition to the fleet. This beautiful Porsche is available in Minneapolis.

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1981 DeLorean DMC-12. Yes! Marty McFly’s car is available in Rhode Island for your photo shoot or event. The gull-wing doors and fiberglass body structure will make an impression; we guarantee it!

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We have also added some beautiful Rolls Royces for your (or your friends’) special day in Las Vegas and San Diego: 1950 Rolls Royce Bentley, available in San Diego and Los Angeles.

1956 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce, available in Las Vegas.

Vinty at Pomona Swap Meet this Sunday. The West Coast’s Largest Swap Meet and Classic Car Show, Pomona Swap Meet, is happening this Sunday. Our team will be on site with a booth to present our marketplace to the public. If you plan to come to the show, please pay us a visit! We would love to meet you! Haven’t heard of this event? Petrolicious did an excellent recap last August in this article.

What’s next? We are still working hard to expand our inventory and open new areas to help people get behind the wheel of their dream car.

See you on the road!

Pierre for the Vinty Team. CEO & Co-Founder Find and rent the perfect classic or vintage car on Vinty https://drivevinty.com/

Vinty is expanding!

California, Nevada, New-York: Vinty is expanding.Already a month since we launched! It has been very exciting and we already booked rentals. Thank you so much to our beloved customers trusting us and choosing us for their special day behind the wheels!

Location, location, location. You can now book cars in New York and Las Vegas! We are hard at work to open more areas as soon as we can but as you know, things take time…

Inventory We did the count today, you now have access to 77 vehicles on Vinty. We are adding more every day so check regularly to make sure you don’t miss anything! A few team favorites include:

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What’s next? We are still working on expanding our inventory and opening new areas to help people get behind the wheels of their dream car.

See you on the road!

Pierre for the Vinty Team. CEO & Co-Founder Find and rent the perfect classic or vintage car on Vinty https://drivevinty.com/

Don’t just dream it. Enjoy the Ride!

Howdy Vinty community! Today, we are excited to tell you that we are officially accepting registrations and that you are now able to rent a car on Vinty! So go ahead, head over to http://drivevinty.com/ now and request your dream car!

Remember that 1965 Mustang convertible you gawked at on the street a few days ago, that 1970 Chevrolet Impala in your favorite movie or that 1979 VW Westfalia Pop-Top Camper you wanted for the road trip you’ve been pushing off… we’ve been working hard to add these and other cars and are excited to finally be able to make them available to you!

 

We love classic cars and sharing the thrill of a unique driving experience is Vinty’s passion. We partner with the best classic car rental companies to make sure that your ride is a memorable experience! We are constantly trying to improve Vinty and would be very happy to get your direct feedback on how we can improve. If your dream car is not on Vinty, just contact us and we will find it for you.

What’s next? We are working on expanding our inventory and opening new areas to help people get behind the wheels of their dream car.

See you on the road!

Pierre for the Vinty Team. CEO & Co-Founder Find and rent the perfect classic or vintage car on Vinty http://drivevinty.com/

We Are Driven.

Greetings from sunny San Diego! Wow, already June! We are working hard on making Vinty the place you will love to find classic car rentals. Let me give you some updates.

The Inventory is Open. Head over to http://drivevinty.com/ and see our cars! While we are still tightening up our paperwork (insurances and contracts), you are now able to browse the cars we have on the platform. I would love to know which one you prefer, we have 50 vehicles in our inventory and some of our favorites include (click on the image to see the listing):

1982 Westfalia Vanagon The perfect camping van for your family vacation!

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1965 Lincoln Continental 340HP engine to power your luxury drives!

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1956 Bentley S1 The luxury limousine for your wedding!

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Business Model. When I started this adventure, the goal for Vinty was to become the best peer to peer marketplace for classic cars. As of today, we are still working on this goal and finding an insurance product to add personal owners to the platform. The world of insurance is complex and Vinty is trailblazing… We hope to bring personal owners onboard later this year.

For our launch, we have partnered with the best professional classic car rental companies in California to bring you the best possible rides available in our beautiful state. We are targeting our launch for the end of this month.

We look forward to your feedback and please email me your thoughts or comments directly at [email protected].

See you on the road!

Pierre for the Vinty Team. CEO & Co-Founder Find and rent the perfect classic or vintage car on Vinty http://drivevinty.com/

In Rust We Trust

Dear Vinty community, we are so glad you’re here! Time to give you some updates since our last newsletter. During these last few weeks, we have finalized our management team and are now full steam ahead on building our product and talking to our users. Yes, we have been to manycarshows… From the Concours of Elegance in La Jolla to the High Performance Swap Meet in Long Beach, we love to hear what you think about Vinty and the feedback has been really great so far.

As always, we will keep you updated on our progress over the next few weeks, if you have any feedback, a question, or something you want to address in the next newsletter, send us an email! We look forward to hearing from you.

PS: We are heading to the Sacramento Swap Meet this weekend. If you are planning to attend, let us know, we would love to meet you!

See you on the road.

The Vinty Team.

Find and rent the perfect classic or vintage car on Vinty - http://drivevinty.com/

Welcome to Vinty!

Make classic cars great again! ;-)

[N.B. original post date: March 11]

Thank you for signing up for Vinty, we are so glad you’re here! Now that you’ve chosen to receive Vinty’s updates, well it’s time to give you some.

Pretty much everything is going well: the insurance partner is almost selected, the work on the platform is starting next week and we are up on social medias (see Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts).

Over the past two months, we have been working on this new venture with great enthusiasm and many of the people we have talked to are excited about the project! we have been attending swap meets and other classic car lover events asking owners for advice (check this album at Ponoma last weekend). We are going to do great things!

We will keep you updated on my progress over the next few weeks, if you have any feedback, a question, or something you want to address in the next newsletter, send us an email! We look forward to hearing from you.

PS: We are heading to the Grand Classic Car Show this weekend in Rancho Santa Fe. If you are planning to attend, let us know, we would love to meet you! This is a free event organized by the Classic Car Club of America; we will be able to admire cars like this one:

See you on the road.

The Vinty Team.

Find and rent the perfect classic or vintage car on Vinty - http://drivevinty.com/