The historic vehicle industry generates revenues in excess of £5.5b per year – an increase of 27.9% over the past five years – while classic car usage has quadrupled, according to the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs National Historic Vehicle Survey.
The survey, which takes place every five years, last carried out in 2016 showed that the historic vehicle industry in the UK is in rude health: “To those closely associated with the historic vehicle community this may not be a great surprise, one only has to look at developments over the period,” said FBHVC chairman David Whale. “We now have much wider historic vehicle ownership and based on the number of events and publications, a much more active body on enthusiasts.
“The survey clearly demonstrates the whole movement is evolving and is in extremely good health with individual segments increasing generally in line with the overall outcome.”
The study found that 8.2m people in Britain have an interest in historic vehicles, with 34,900 employed directly within the industry. A staggering 1,039,950 historic vehicles are registered, more than half of which are currently on the road. The value of these vehicles? £17.8b.