Lets get one thing out of the way first - modern cars have the benefit of progress so the gap between the fuel efficiency of old cars and new cars will always get wider. Certainly over the last 5 years that gap has widened quickly as car manufacturers finally grasp the nettle that is finite fossil fuel resources.
I'm not going to argue that classic cars are cheap to drive, but I will suggest that their reputation isn't quite what the uninitiated will have you believe. So when you hire one it won't cost you the earth, in any sense, to do so.
The popular counter argument from classic car enthusiasts is that old cars don't go far so their carbon emissions are negligible compared to modern cars. Which is true. Obviously our classic car hire fleet does relatively high mileages - typically 10,000 to 15,000 miles a year - but we maintain them to a high standard to minimise pollution. There are plenty of arguments we can use to defend what we do but the reality is that people will always want to drive old cars - provided we are responsible with our maintenance, why should they not be allowed to do so? We have also extended our hire network so that customers don't need to travel as far to get to us - so their own carbon emissions are reduced.
If you want to hire an old car for the day or weekend then chances are its fuel economy isn't going to dissuade you. But perhaps when you see how the costs stack up - and how these old cars actually do perform - you'll see that the sacrifice required to drive a Jensen for the day is not significant.
We are always mindful of the total cost of hiring classic cars, which is why we haven't increased our prices for over 2 years. We are introducing a small increase in March 2013 but it will remain well below inflation - making hiring a Great Escape classic car this year cheaper than it has ever been.
You can find out more about hiring our classic cars by visiting http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk or call 01527 893733.