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Defect statistics for the 10 most popular classic cars

Arturo Rivas
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M sometimes cars are like good whiskey: with age they become better - and more expensive. Owners of vehicles with an H license plate, i.e. vintage cars, know this particularly well. But what about the technology of the 345,000 classic cars registered as oldies in Germany?

The Society for Technical Surveillance (GTÜ) has created interesting statistics for this with their data from 2014. The technicians scrutinize the defect rates of the ten most frequently driven vintage cars in Germany - from the 'tail fin' to the 'Bulli' to the 'Beetle'.

Classic car defect statistics based on data from 2014

The conclusion of the GTÜ investigation is clear: 'The majority of classic vehicles are in better shape and often with fewer defects than many younger cars.' In total, 52.5 percent of historic cars pass the general inspection straight away. In youngtimers - vehicles that are older than 20 but younger than 30 - the proportion of successful first attempts is 41 percent.

The reason for this is quickly found. While classic cars spend more time in the garage and are only used on special occasions, the classic car owners are currently not giving much thought to it. This thesis is also supported by the GTÜ: 'Especially in winter, cars with H license plates stay in the garage.'

Incidentally, defects are most often found in vehicles between the ages of ten and 19 - according to the GTÜ, 'typical old age.' '. 65 percent of the cars tested are affected by defects and defects. This proportion decreases with increasing age.

Only 17 percent of 30 to 40 year old vehicles are unsafe for traffic

The record low is reached by 30 to 40 year old classic cars with H approval. Only 17 percent of them have significant deficiencies and are therefore unsafe for traffic. The front runner with a sensationally low 'significant deficiency rate' of only 9.7 percent is Mercedes Benz W113 280 SL' Pagoda '. However, it is not yet in first place, because the number of minor defects found is 31.5 percent - almost ten percent more than the first place, the classic car with the best reliability.

Who could do that be different than the Porsche 911? The 'Urmodell' as well as the 'G-Modell' belong to the vehicles with the highest reliability. 63.8 percent make it through the GTÜ general inspection without defects. Third place, behind the 'Pagoda', is the robust VW Beetle.

Good spare parts and large fan base as the basis of success

How is it that historic cars, despite their age, do so well? One reason is the large fan base gathered by the nine-eleven, the VW Beetle in all its versions and the Mercedes SL280 'Pagoda'. With all three German manufacturers, special classic programs also ensure a good stock of spare parts, the Beetle is particularly cheap to keep in good shape - thanks to the simple technology.

At Porsche, the whole thing is a bit more expensive, but it's worth it themselves. Well-kept 964 models, which are still classed as youngtimers, are already increasing in value today. The 911 only has to mature for three years, then the owners of a Porsche built in 1988 can apply for the coveted H license plate.

Which 7 other famous classics are among the most driven oldies in Germany, and how it is In our picture gallery, we show you their reliability.

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