Oldtimer as a company car

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An old-timer as a company car. That is a matter of combining the useful with the pleasant. Entrepreneurs are therefore in the best position to the extent that they do not believe that their identity is derived from a recent expensive lease container or - worse - a Tesla.

Most vintage cars as company cars are vans or pickups

These are originally workhorses and they have an eye-catching, nostalgic value. And business lettering looks good on them.

For some entrepreneurs it is enough to put something old in the showroom or in front of the building

But there are quite a few who use such old-timers that they were once made for: To work with. Whether the staff sees a classic car as a company car as a fringe benefit or as a punishment, that depends more than a little on the staff. Because we know of a young & dynamic entrepreneurial couple who have been blind for years fifty Chevrolet panel van bought to bring the car back almost crying a week later: "You can't drive such a thing!" Anyway. You just need to defog your frame of mind.

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Until the XNUMXs, transport vans and pickups were simply pieces of tools

No more attention was paid to motorization, suspension and braking than was necessary. And some comfort for the driver and possible co-driver was only thought of in the margins. Because why would you mount heating in a van if the driver could just put on a jacket and gloves?

Times have changed and so have people's expectations

Classic commercial vehicles are suddenly very limited in their deployment options. In fact they can only be used for 'work in the neighborhood'. And many enterprising food truck owners have learned that. In any case, we already know two food trucks that really no longer go on their own to more remote jobs. The delivery duck in question goes with a drawbar behind a sturdy hybrid. How sad: we saw that working duck at a location while the drawbar was still mounted on it. The HY has even been stripped of its technology and rolls up and off its tandem axle with the help of a caravan mover. And that tandem axle is hanging behind a very thick Dodge ram pickup with a fat V8 diesel. That is sad. But somewhat understandable.

Comfort is for wimps!

The entrepreneurs who have advertised a classic American panel van or pickup and do drive it, do not have it easy either. That this kind of American panel vans or pickups was usually equipped with a lazy but dead reliable very conventional six in line engine, is up to that point. But these old workhorses are made on the basis of age-old truck technology. So, first of all, there is no hallway in it at all, but the things are also dogs to ride. They steer indirectly or heavily. You really have to brace yourself to brake. The synchronization of the three gearboxes is often hypothetical. The suspension only works when fully loaded. And about six in line is often as thirsty as a more modern V8. Such a V8 is often used afterwards. Then the brakes of your oldtimer as a company car have to be adjusted. Power steering sets come in all shapes and sizes, as do sets to improve suspension. As an entrepreneur, always consult your accountant first in such cases!

Other stuff

Renault Estafettes are sweet but small, Peugeots D4As are slow and endearing, the J7s from Peugeot have often been converted into motor homes. The old Van Gend and Loos Commers have rarely survived the battle and VW vans have become unaffordable. What has become of all Mercedes and Hanomag vans and pickups is unclear.

As a company you can of course just go for chic and use a Volvo 240 as a company car

If you then build in the roof of a Renault Twingo, you suddenly have half a convertible. And the sturdy towbar makes the car an excellent colleague in combination with a tandem axle. No food truck, but still a car that provides food on the table.

People who use a classic as a commercial vehicle may report!

And do you know that adhesive letters and stickers are removed? With a caramel disk. Really.

Simply without advertising. From an architectural firm
On chic… Of course via the RR Specialist

Toy advertising based on a Unimog

 

A find in France

Saved after his retirement

Of course a van is no guarantee of success
Stylish A 240 as a company car. With the roof of a Twingo

 

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4 comments

  1. “Company car” is usually associated with the daily transport of an employee. For the sake of the environment, the classic, which usually pollutes (considerably) more than the contemporary car, should not be used for this. Rather for occasional outings, beauty presentations. Then it will remain socially more acceptable.

    • Mwahhh. No raw materials need to be mined or recycled for this classic. But of course a 1968 diesel is not as good an example than a 1994 Ford Scorpio? I wouldn't be ashamed of that from an environmental point of view. And the 'young timers' of the business are at least honest polluters. Because you never know with cheat diesels. But thinking about what you do never hurts.

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