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Who will insure my 18-year-old daughter on a classic Singer Gazelle?

I have seen a 1962 Singer Gazelle 4-door automatic saloon for sale for under £2000, which I would like to buy for my daughter's 18th birthday. We have both driven it and my daughter has fallen madly in love with it. However, no insurance company will touch her. Most have said she needs to be 25, a couple have said 21. I appreciate that classic cars can be expensive to maintain and finding parts is not easy. The car has been serviced and MoT'd at my local classic car garage (which is selling it on behalf of the owner) and I would keep that going. I would have thought that classic car insurers would be over the moon to have younger drivers driving 'real' cars and, more importantly, not being able to drive fast. Is there anything you can suggest?

Asked on 30 November 2013 by DB, Cranbrook

Answered by Honest John
I agree with you. I think some are more sympathetic than others. Try the links in this directory: and you might get lucky. And take a magnet to that 1962 Gazelle. They were rot boxes even at four years old, so unless it has been dry stored all its life, or has had a lot of metal replaced, I think there will be some hidden horrors. The Smiths ‘Easidrive’ autobox could also be suspect and difficult to get fixed. And, of course, if she passes her test in an auto, an auto will be all she can drive.
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