I’ve been thinking some more about my idea to ‘lay down’ a car and preserve it as a factory-fresh example so I can enjoy it in as-new condition a decade down the line.
Of course, simply not using a car is one of the worst things you can do to it. Leaving it in a garage is terrible for the mechanical components over time. Brake and clutch hydraulics will stick and seize, electrical items will fail, windows stick in their runners and – if left for long enough – the fuel will turn gloopy and gum up the fuel lines and injection systems.
Preserving the car requires a careful regime of care and attention. It needs to be used regularly, sparingly and correctly – and stored in a ‘Carcoon’ to prevent moisture build-up.
In short, that means a well-ventilated, secure garage with a powerpoint. Then there’s the need to extract the car every month to give it a systematic work-out – a drive over 30-50 miles of dry roads to get everything flowing, and to ensure the engine gets hot enough to evaporate moisture that initially builds up inside it.