There’s a lot of period drama on the TV at the moment – my mum and sister love Downton Abbey, but now there’s Upstairs Downstairs, and thank goodness Call the Midwife has finished. The only good things in these sorts of TV shows (in my opinion) are the classic cars they use and it’s set me wondering about how the producers get hold of accurate makes and models.
Well, there are a number of classic car agencies out there which specialise in providing a wide range of historically accurate cars. So, if a TV programme requires the main protagonist to be driving a green 1976 Ford Capri Mark ll 3.0 litre V6, then chances are that there’s an agency which has one on its books.
Plus, if you’re the owner of a classic car, it might pay to be registered with one of these sites as your pride and joy could fetch a tidy sum should the makers of a TV drama, film, music video or CD cover want the specific make, model and age of car which you own.
Historical accuracy in films and TV programmes is quite an important issue for companies with high production values, and so, the seeking out of quality vehicles is highly necessary.
I mean, imagine the stink if our imaginary 1976 hero should be seen in a Mark lll Capri 2.8 injection, because the Mark llls did not roll off the factory line until 1978.
So, if you’re a young driver with an old car, or maybe your dad or your granddad (or mum or nan) owns a little piece of motoring history, why not see if there’s an agency out there which needs it – because you never know… the car in your garage could be the next star of a costume drama blockbuster and earning a nice little pay packet on the side.
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