Automotive Memorabilia21 January 2021
We've all seen the man caves or garages with a classic car in the middle, old manufacturer or dealer signage on the walls and shelves full of old fuel, oil and lubricant cans.
This memorabilia is starting to seriously gain pace in terms of its appeal and value; as the retro and nostalgia train steams on, people are looking back to what they deem the golden age of motoring. With the original items being so expensive, the reproduction world has started to fill the gaps with more affordable items, and this is all driven by huge demand for these items.
Castrol has put some of its historic items back into production, under its Castrol Classic banner. The reproduction oil pouring jugs will sell for £10.95, whereas the original items from the '60s could sell for up to £40! The difference isn't just in price but quality too, with the older items made from a thicker grade British steel. Of all the different areas of memorabilia, petrol and oil companies items somewhat surprisingly draw some of the biggest prices, with people paying upwards of £3,500 for old petrol pumps.
Old signage has always been a draw for motoring enthusiasts, as brands constantly evolve their logos over the years (expect Ferrari, who's kept the two styles the squared-off shield and the SF 'Scuderia Ferrari' shield for racing since 1947). Owners of the vehicle from a brand's logo incarnation have sought after the corresponding dealer signage to adorn garage walls and facials.
Again with the rise in demand for this type of sign, there is a thriving reproduction world, including a steady supply from many of the manufacturers’ own heritage and classic departments. With tin and enamel signage on offer, as well as banners with the old logos or factory motorsport team-branding.
The large mechanic tool brands have seen not just the rise in memorabilia, but with retro and classic car popularity they have relaunched toolboxes and cabinets in a classic and retro style, aimed at the DIY home mechanic garage to give an authentic look.
As the memorabilia and enthusiasts worlds slowly close the gap, we're seeing new brands and items popping up on a daily basis. T-Shirt companies feature all different types of retro logos and car designs are also available. There's a thriving industry in the reproduction of dealership stickers, giving a restored car its full "new car" feel, with age-appropriate dealer stickers and other multitudes of warning labels and decals in production.
We've only scratched the surface on automotive memorabilia – it is a vast and interesting world that we'll now doubt look deeper inside, but what memorabilia do you own? Show us your collections or that iconic motoring antique that you cherish on social media.