Collecting cars certainly sounds like a glamorous thing to do, and it is so for affluent individuals who sometimes employ people for the sole purpose of keeping their cars in tip-top shape.
However, the vast majority of car collectors don’t dispose of huge sums of money to indulge in many extravagant acquisitions. Harry Metcalfe, whom you probably know better as the man behind the “Harry’s Garage” YouTube channel (and Evo magazine’s founder and first Editor), is the type of collector who actually drives most of his cars and is not doing this activity to make profits.
Of course, he doesn’t like to lose money either, but one thing you can be sure about when owning multiple vehicles is you’ll constantly pay bills to keep them on the road. Whether it’s taxes, insurance, repairs, or regular maintenance, car collections swallow piles of money.
For example, Metcalfe’s collection gulped £50,000 (about $64,530) last year in maintenance bills alone. That’s quite a lot of money when you think about it. Then again, when you own classics supercars such as the Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari Testarossa, and Lotus Esprit, you’re bound to be hit with huge repair bills from time to time.
Metcalfe’s maintenance expenses for 2018 were around £50,000 (about $64,530) for a collection that includes 16 cars and 14 motorcycles. Well, that comes with the territory; if you want to keep your cars and bikes in good condition, you’ll need to pay.
Head over to the video to see which cars needed more attention last year and which of them had to go to make space for newcomers, as Metcalfe has adopted a strict “one car in, one car out” policy for his collection.