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I drove my '41 Graham Hollywood Supercharged to the office today.  Anybody else drive their antique to work?

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Check with your insurer if you are covered for that kind of use. In the early 80s I drove a 31 Ford A to work but I had to insure it for every day use.

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I drive my 66 Cadillac ragtop almost every day. Yes, my insurance covers me because I drive all my cars and my insurance isn't so restrictive to relegate my cars to yard ornaments.

 

 

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I recall reading that California collector Jay Leno,

when he was hosting The Tonight Show,

drove a different antique to work every day.

If insurance permits, it's a good way to exercise a large collection

that would otherwise tend to be stationary.

 

His secretary once remarked about the Lamborghini

Countach that was the commuter car for the day.

She found it hard to believe that the boldly styled

Countach was now an antique, but it was!

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Crahm, 

Love the color of your Graham. The ivory white really highlights the curves in the bodywork. 

 

Very elegant.

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Great looking Graham, I have driven my other collector cars but not the Grahams lately.  Insurance is always a problem, but they only want you to park your car in a sealed garage so they never have to worry about a claim...oh yes that is how they make money.  Brought my 1972 Mach 1 and my 1964 Falcon two door hardtop even my 1984 truck, but they all do highway speeds pretty easy, hate to hold up drivers that are late for work, my Grahams are happier at 45-50 mph.

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If I had a job I would drive a different car to work every day.

I guess I will just have to be happy driving them with no particular place to go.

Graham is correct, the insurance doesn't like it when you drive em to work.

However, I was talking to the lady at Hagerty a few years ago and asked about a run to the grocery store. She asked is there were usually people checking the car out when I came out of the store. I said yes and she said it would appear that I was showing it so that was OK.

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Yes, I drive my antique to the office.  At Pacific Edible Seaweed Company with my 1937 Ford De Luxe Fordor. 

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The minimal insurance plan with American Collectors allows the policyholder to drive the car to work once a month, but not for normal errand running.

Their next level up for usage is called The Freedom Plan.

 

 

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1 hour ago, JACK M said:

I was talking to the lady at Hagerty a few years ago and asked about a run to the grocery store. She asked is there were usually people checking the car out when I came out of the store. I said yes and she said it would appear that I was showing it so that was OK.

 

Same here....... :)

She asked if I display at shows.

I replied "Everywhere I go with my cars is a show"........she laughed and that was that....... :D 

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Insurance issues aside for the moment, if you have a "historic" vehicle registration you also should consider what those limitations are. Here in NJ driving your car with a Historic registration to work would be a clear violation of the registration privilege.  Now the chances of that actually being enforced should you be pulled over are slim, but should you during such a use have an accident which results in bodily injury, chances are good a lawyer for the damaged party would be rubbing his hands together with glee!

 

With so many other legitimate activities during the week and most every weekend, it just wouldn't be worth the risk to me.

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My "older" cars are on a policy that permits "occasional use" which I was told means about 2500 miles a year and which requires other "daily drivers". I suspect they are more concerned about being parked without supervision since one of the requirements is being parked in a locked garage. Valet parking is Right Out.

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Drove mine to the shop and back with a stop at the post office on the way.  All about 6 miles round trip.  If I didn't drive it to work I wouldn't get to drive it at all as I work 7 days a week and never take it to car shows.  I have 4 other cars insured with them that didn't see 20 collective miles last year.  If i put 1000 to 1500 miles on one a year I think that's pretty darn acceptable even if I only drive it to work.  Of course I'm self employed and have my own shop on the other end of town,  so tha't s probably different than leaving it alone in a big corporate lot somewhere. 

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We drive the wheels off ours if time.we have 2 almost ready for judgeing they will be trailer  girl.Then then the fun begins,drive them like they should be

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I work in an R&D group where nearly every engineer has something interesting tucked away in his second garage stall.  I once got around the insurance restriction by organizing a "Collector Car Show" at work on a Friday afternoon.  (You could tell the insurance company you were on the way to a car show, not to work).  We got everything from an ancient John Deere tractor to a rail dragster.  It was the best day I have ever had at work!

 

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10 hours ago, Akstraw said:

... a "Collector Car Show" at work on a Friday afternoon....

 

Excellent idea, Mr. Straw!

You could have the wives and the kids

come at the end of the day Friday,

and have a fun small event in the company parking lot.

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To me insurance brokers are used car salesmen if you get my drift. You have to be very carful if there is an issue as I have had happen in the past. Go by what the fine print says in your policy and you have to have documented what you were told by your broker if you ever go to court with an issue.

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I have been driving my '61 every day for the last few weeks. I also drive a '70 chevy the rest of the time.

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1 hour ago, Joe in Canada said:

To me insurance brokers are used car salesmen if you get my drift. You have to be very carful if there is an issue as I have had happen in the past. Go by what the fine print says in your policy and you have to have documented what you were told by your broker if you ever go to court with an issue.

 

 

So true, I have rarely had to use the insurance that I buy so I am probably considered a good risk.

But I was changing one of my home owners policies a couple of years ago and was questioned about a claim I had been paid about ten years prior to that. I couldn't recall what that was and I was able to get the policy.

It later dawned on me that I did indeed accept an insurance payment when a guy slid off the icy road and into my fence. It was about $500 if I recall. These people keep records of everything I guess.

However we all know that they are in the business of trying to get out of paying claims.

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Yes, I drive my 31 Model A Deluxe Roadster to work a couple times a week during the nice weather season, which here in Michigan is basically early May through the end of September.  

 

I also take the kids to school in the car, and occasionally use it for grocery shopping.  

 

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Before you say "they are in the business of trying to get out of paying claims. " check with your state regulators on how they figure allowable profit. Might be surprised. 

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Before I retired the only time I brought a car to work was for my companies once a year car show or if they needed to be serviced at our engineering garage . Now that I'm retired I have moved, Bought  a new house and built a 1632 sq ft garage/shop with two stacking lifts. The garage also has a office and a bar and patio in the shop. The two newer daily drivers and electric trains stay in the 3 car garage attached to the house so there is plenty of room. Correction, there can never be enough room.

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57 minutes ago, padgett said:

Before you say "they are in the business of trying to get out of paying claims. " check with your state regulators on how they figure allowable profit. Might be surprised. 

 

I don't know how to check that.

But if you are disagreeing you aren't in the real world.

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