Classic cars take on a brand new finish
Münster. According to the German Motor Transport Authority, in Germany exactly 2,930,501 vehicles, among them 919,905 passenger cars, are more than 20 years old, and the number is rising. From 2005 to 2006, the number of passenger cars alone that have more than 20 years under their belt rose by 16.77 percent. Many of these older cars are genuine objects of beauty, classic cars that receive a great deal of tender loving care. Their owners invest a lot of time and energy in maintaining the value of their vintage cars. Rust on the “old beauties” or minor paint damage mar their classy appearance, however. In such cases, the best solution for restoring the former condition of the car is sought; the fact that the original paint is generally no longer available on the market can make it a search for the Holy Grail, however. Glasurit has now found the answer: Classic Car Colors (for more information, see www.glasurit.com).
The new service was put in place to help classic car fans restore older vehicles to their original pristine state, whether or not they want to completely respray a vehicle in the original color, match the original paintwork during panel repair, or just repair cosmetic damage.
Over Glasurit’s 100-year history, it has set up and developed a comprehensive color archive that is constantly being expanded by new colors. It’s the world’s largest color archive.
Glasurit has now simplified the search for the matching color. At www.glasurit.com, you will find a practical template that can be used to find the matching color solution for your classic car. Via the link “Glasurit”/Addresses”/”Around the World” you can click the country of choice for contact details. Here you can find a Glasurit bodyshop near you, where your car’s surface can be restored to perfection quickly and inexpensively. At www.glasurit.com you can also find a wide range of information on restoring classic cars that make it easy to understand the topic of refinishing. The “Classic Car Colors” section of the Glasurit website received 3,000 visitors in just one week.
The classic car sector is booming
A recent survey carried out by the Féderation Internationale de Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) revealed the economic impact made by the European classic car scene. For instance, in the European Union, the annual turnover in the “historic vehicle” sector is over 16 billion euros (vehicles over 25 years old, data from 11 countries). The export share (trade) is over 3 billion euros. Within the EU, over 55,000 people are employed in the “classic car” sector on either a permanent or temporary basis and earn their living in this business. Two-thirds of them are employed full-time in this area. Sixty-seven percent of businesses in the classic car sector have been in operation for more than 10 years.
Glasurit Automotive Refinish
Under the Glasurit brand, BASF markets a comprehensive range of automotive refinishing paint systems, focusing on eco-efficient waterborne basecoats and high-solids paints. By using these systems all legal solvent-reduction requirements can be complied with anywhere in the world, and with regard to appearance and durability, the products meet the same quality standards as solvent-borne paints. In this area, the company offers a wide variety of services to support its customers. Glasurit Automotive Refinish is approved by most of the leading car manufacturers for aftermarket repair worldwide and chosen by them for its color expertise. Internet: www.glasurit.com