“I look at it this way: If it makes the car better, safer, more reliable and faster—and you can change it back to [original] stock whenever you want—why not do it?” Jay Leno

For those of you among us that just love everything about owning and collecting classic cars, you’ll know that there’s little that’s too much when it comes to keeping these beauties on the road and looking stunning for all to enjoy. Vintage autos have a timeless beauty about them but unfortunately, despite them oozing style and class they aren’t the most safe or economically sensible choice for an everyday motor. So, for the newbies out there, here are a few modifications that will boost, safety, economy and just add even more of a personal touch…

Seat Belts

If you are considering modifying your classic car for everyday use then the chances are you aren’t a purist and we are all for that. We are very much on the side of the Jay Leno quote above as we are firm believers in getting the most out of our vehicles and to us, that means being able to drive them! So first up, seat belts are a must. Although the stats on collisions are low on this kind of vehicle, as you will be driving yours more than a purist collector the chances are still there. Just start with Goggle, as there are a few sites out there that will give you some good advice on how to get started with getting seat belts installed in your classic car. If you’re looking to do the job yourself, turn to Youtube to give you some pointers.

Personalised Number Plates

So this one is clearly just in there as a way to personalise your vehicle and it’s all down to personal style. You’ll need to ensure that your car has a registration plate that is recognised by the DVLA in order to run it on the road. However, if you are looking for something that extra bit special then take a look at DVLA cherished number plates. Cherished number plates make a statement and make the car dateless or you might even be able to find something that highlights the year of your car if it’s something you are especially proud of. As well as cherished number plates you will find a number of cheap private number plates for sale that won’t break the bank quite so much but will still make a statement. For advice on where to buy plates, how to fit them etc then you can turn to sites like Number Plates 4u for more guidance.


It’s extremely likely that your vintage car has drum brakes that are really outdated, not as easy to replace and simply not as safe as modern-day brakes. If someone pulls out on you unexpectedly then you are going to want to be able to make sure you can react and the car will react with you, stopping quickly and easily so as to not cause it (and you) serious