Classic car rental in the USA
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Jul 22, 2008 4:31 AM Last Post By: tmerrygold
Jan 12, 2008 11:30 AM
Classic car rental in the USAWe're going to the US in April and would like to spend a couple of days renting a classic American car - we're flexible about where but we don't have a huge amount of money. We want to drive and eat in diners and stop in motels - we'll be starting in New York but can train or fly to another point to pick up a car. All advice gratefully received...
Jan 12, 2008 11:39 AM
1Classic as in a '57 Chevy or a '65 Mustang? Don't know of any place that rents those, but even if you found one, be prepared to pay handsomely. You might find someone selling one, but it'll likely cost a lot as well, or need to be fixed up (a popular hobby), and parts can be very difficult to find.
Or are you just referring to the classic American road trip?
And why are you "going to the US" if you are here already (according to your profile)?
Jan 12, 2008 12:51 PM
2It took about 3 seconds on Google to find several classic car rental places.
A classic cadillac Coupe DeVille will be about $539 a day , with 50 free miles. Mileage is $0.50 a mile above that. A '62 Mustang convertible seems cheap at $399 a day, same mileage pricing.
Minimum age 21, additional charge for those under 25. Must provide insurance.
Jan 12, 2008 12:51 PM
3Google classic car rental and you'll get plenty of hits. I recall one of the major rental companies who had a whole row of them in LA. The shuttle bus from LAX drove you down the row before dropping you off at the rental office. Trying to tempt you into asking how much to rent that 63 corvette or 56 T-bird.
When you mention diners and motels I hope you don't think you can still do the classic road trip a la Route 66. Most of the little motels and diners no longer exist.
Jan 12, 2008 2:46 PM
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Jan 12, 2008 11:22 PM
Jan 13, 2008 8:51 AM
Jan 13, 2008 11:17 AM
8Things always seem to go downhill when the OP starts berating posters, deserved or not.
I think you will find that no one has experience in this because we don't have $600 a day to rent a car.
This classic car/motel/diner situation is probably unrealistic. It's not really the 50's in most of the USA. There aren't many motels that aren't the standard chain motels. There are some diners around, but my guess is that they are in some larger cities, where you don't want to be driving an expensive rental around. However, you can find some of the kitsch associated with it on the Route 66 tourist parts. Hence the comment about Route 66 ( which I don't think was all that out of line). Failing that, there are all sorts of kitschy places in LA, and I think you should concentrate your research for this there, rather than the rest of the country.
You don't tell us how long you were planning to stay in the USA, or where else you might go other than New York.
Perhaps you need to find another forum. Try fodors www.fodors. com.
Jan 13, 2008 11:30 AM
9Do you have a few hundred pounds per day or for the entire length of your rental? If it's not per day, your budget is unrealistic for something like this. That's what everyone here told you and they're correct.
And unfortunately, the kind of experience you're looking for, probably from watching movies, pretty much doesn't exist anymore. The majority of the highways around the US pass through empty fields with a bunch of scattered freeway motels and chain diners with truckers. Not the vibe you are expecting from seeing the movies. California is your best bet, but you may still be disappointed.
Jan 13, 2008 1:05 PM
10Here's why you didn't get very helpful information:
1. You didn't say how long you had to travel in the USA
2. You didn't say where else you were going
3. You didn't give us a budget other than "we don't have a huge amount of money". I don't know what a huge amount of money is for you. $600 a day would be a HUGE amount of money for me.
4. You didn't give us an idea of your ages, so that we could ascertain what would likely be interesting or not interesting.
5. When you didn't get the information you requested, instead of "gratefully receiving"it, as you mentioned in your OP, you proceeded to slag off everyone that wasn't clairvoyant about the details of your trip. Had you put the indignation away, and refined your inquiries, you would be farther in planning.
It's not my waste of time, it's yours in not accomplishing what you stated. Think about it.
Jan 13, 2008 2:11 PM
11Does anyone else notice that as soon as we tell an OP a TRUTH that he doesn't want to hear, we become "unhelpful?"
OP, you say "We're going to the US in April" but you don't say where you want to go other than that you are "starting in New York." That is a curious choice of words since your profile says you're from the "United States."
You say you "would like to spend a couple of days renting a classic American car." Maybe "classic" car means something else in New York than it does in the rest of the USA. If so, please enlighten all of us west of the Alleghenies.
You say you "don't have a huge amount of money."
You say you want to "drive and eat in diners and stop in motels." You can't come any closer to the "real" 1950s experience than eating at Denny's and sleeping at Motel 6 along a rural interstate highway West of the Mississippi. The phantom of US-66 is best seen along I-40 in New Mexico and Arizona.
You can rent real classic American cars here. The AC Shelby Cobra - the REAL McCOY (OK, its a replica but it's not that overpriced Mustang "Cobra" that Ford sold to the unclever) is a "steal" at only $325/day $0.50/mile over first 100 miles. When I was a teenager, I would have taken a day with one of these over a weekend in bed with Marilyn Monroe. If that price is too steep, the '64 GTO is only $299/day. The "goat" was no AC cobra but it was still one hell of a car. If you have money to "blow," the Lamborghini (I know it's not an American classic car) is only $1875/day plus $2.25 for every mile over 100. Does any of these choices fit into your budget?
That's about as truthful and unhelpful as I can be.
If you don't know where you're going, you will probably wind up somewhere else. - Yogi Berra
Edited by: zeldasdad
Jan 14, 2008 8:18 AM
12Florida has some of the kitschy diners and motels you may be seeking. I'm thinking the Florida Keys or Sanibel/Captiva Islands on the Gulf coast. And Florida's good convertible country, too!
Do be aware that if you plan to use your credit card to waive the insurance, it probably specifically excludes classic cars, so you'll have to add insurance costs into your budget.
Jul 22, 2008 4:31 AM
13I appreciate this this reply is after April so too late for your trip, but may be of use to other people, or for a future trip.
As I run a classic car hire company in the UK I received regular questions asking if I knew of companies in the US doing the same thing. Over the years I built up a database of such companies and then eventually in February of this year (2008) I built a web site listing all these companies with in the US and the rest of the world. Have a look at Classic Car Hire World
I hope this is of use to you.
Edited by: tmerrygold
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