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Vintage vehicles are still very popular in France, if we are to believe the results of a recent study conducted by FIVA.

The International Federation of Old Vehicles (FIVA), in collaboration with the French Federation of Vintage Vehicles (FFVE) in France, published the results of a recent socio-economic survey concerning vintage vehicles.

This study shows us in particular that France has no lessa million old vehicles (i.e. 2.5% of the rolling stock in France), with a stable market representing 4 billion euros in turnover. Among these, 400,000 vehicles are registered in the “gray collection card”, which have each traveled 1.071 km per year on average for cars (617 km per year for motorcycles).

Vintage cars: youngtimers are popular

In detail, 71% of vintage vehicles are cars, 16% are motorcycles, and 13% of other types (commercial, military vehicles, etc.): 84% of them have remained in the original configuration, and only 16% have been changed. Vintage vehicles running in France are relatively old, with an average year of manufacture in 1968, but youngtimers (from 20 to 29 years of age) have a growing success, since they represent 30% of the owners of vintage vehicles in France. The most popular brands are Citroën, Renault, Peugeot and Volkswagen.

This survey also reveals figures on collectors’ habits : 33% of vintage vehicle owners visit thematic museums related to their passion, 59% are members of a club, while 65% participate in vintage vehicle events, with an average of 4.3 nights per year away from home for 58% of them.

FIVA emphasizes that vintage vehicles appeal to all generations and all social classes. However, theaverage age of an owner is 58 years old, and 45% of them are retired. Amateurs, collectors, clubs, and industry professionals are also all concerned about the current regulations, as well as their impact on the free movement of their vehicles.

Source: 2020-2021 FIVA / FFVE survey

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