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Classic car as a daily driver?
I'm a 25 year old working professional thinking about getting a classic, or modern classic, to use as a semi-daily driver. I was recently in a pretty serious car accident and my everyday car is likely totaled (Thankfully, I walked away from it). Luckily, I live extremely close to work (10 minute walk) and within walking distance to anything I could need, so being without a car isn't a huge issue for me. Because of this, I've been tossing around the idea of getting a classic for nice days / weekends / short trips around town. Given my situation, it seems like a lot of the real downsides to owning a classic are offset, but I wanted to get some more opinions. It would likely be garaged through the winter, during which I would tough it out and walk everywhere. I would park it at a gas station across from my apartment, which is also a mechanic's shop (There's an MGB and a Ford Cortina parked there as well, so he may have experience with classics, which would be an enormous plus). In the event it didn't start one morning, leaving it there would not be an issue. I don't have any real experience wrenching on cars, aside from changing oil and spark plugs, but I'd be willing to learn. Given all this information, do you think a classic car would suit my needs, or am I nuts?
I've always been interested in British and Italian ragtops, but a Datsun 240/260z wouldn't be out of the question either. Does anyone have any experience with these cars? What are some things I should look for when inspecting a classic for purchase? What are some other options that around $10k would buy for a solid, mechanically sound daily driver? What's some other general advice for someone who knows about cars but very little about owning a classic?