Welcome to Craner Classic Cars – home of rejuvenated, marvellously preserved and completely overhauled chariots of yesteryear. Not that all of our cars are vintage or half-century Sceptres and Rovers – nowadays Cortinas and Preludes from the 1980s and 1990s form part of the collection as another generation learns to cherish cars they maybe didn’t appreciate first time round.
There are all sorts of reasons classic vehicles are so in demand today. Many were built to be much more durable than many of today’s cars, and often the standard of engineering was so high that the cars have stood the test of time admirably.
Whether our customers remember being ferried around in a classic car as a youngster, or drove one of these marvellous vehicles many years ago, or perhaps have always driven cars such as these, they all appreciate the satisfaction of driving a car that was built to last.
So few people owned cars all those years ago that it was in manufacturers’ interests to build them solidly – hence a reputation for reliability and durability, whereas nowadays if cars lasted this long the manufacturers would all have gone bust years ago!
The sturdy seats, the thick steel of the panels, the straightforwardness of the engines, the rich bold colour schemes – the cars of the classic era all seem so honest, so sensible, so elegant by comparison with many of today’s offerings. And the materials used in the cars’ interiors add to the allure – whether real wood or veneer, thick leather hide or tough vinyl, the pure functionality of so many cars from years gone by adds to the magic.
And it’s a magic we at Craners take pleasure in preserving and sharing. Here at Craners we’re glad to carry on the tradition of classic cars, as we have done successfully now for more than forty years. And loved every minute of it.