10 Tips for Aspiring Classic Car Collectors

3. Choose themes to guide what you buy. Like savvy art and furniture buyers, smart car aficionados focus on styles, periods, or individuals to help shape their collections. The McCulloughs are fans of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, who famously sought ways to make cars lighter. Most of the vehicles in their reserve—from a rare Alpine A110 and a Mini Moke to their six Lotuses—are small and made of lightweight materials. Of course, they occasionally make exceptions: Recently the couple bou…