as indicated in a previous topic, I am pretty close to accepting a position in St Thomas- and thank you to all that responded to my first message.
Now- I have a very unique car- a Prowler - that I really enjoy- (looks like an old 40's type car). It's considered a sports car - two seat's, convertible etc. I would hate to sell or put in storage as I expect to be there at least 5 years. So, can the car survive there or it is just too stupid to try and bring down? Thanks for your opinions...
Depends on how your gonna feel when it gets trashed up by door dings & potholes. If left alone in the wrong area, it will scream "look inside". If you have a garage, and it will be a 2nd car for joyriding around a small island then go for it. If it your primry mode of transportation you might not want to. I cant imagine a prowler being a beach car either.. Nice car though!
Good morning singtruck -- have you visited St. Thomas yet? If not, you really need to come down and get a good "feel" for the roads before you make a decision like that.
Can it "survive" -- sure, but if you drive it daily, you'll be putting a lot of time/money into upkeep if you want it to remain in its present condition. Also, keep in mind that any parts you might need will take at least a week and/or a lot of $$ to get here.
You will want to call local insurance companies to check and make sure it is possible to insure a car like that for its full value.
Finally, island life is not really about fancy cars, even if you enjoy them in the states. Try coming down without the vehicle for six months and see what you think. If you still want it, you can always ship it later. If not, you've saved yourself an expensive headache.
You also need tocheck it'sclearance. Low-riding cars have a real problem here.
Without a garage it will deteriorate quickly , even with a good expensive car cover - there will be quite a few places you will not want to leave it parked, the bumps, scratches and outright damage it will sustain in any normal use here will make you really unhappy, the clearance issue has been mentioned and is relevant, if it has a high performance engine remember you will Rarely exceed 35mph --- and then only for a minute and illegally!!
I keep the sports cars in the states , in storage and use them when I am up there.
Don't bring it if you value the car. there is no place you can drive it and the salt air will rust it out.
Amen - this is not the place for cars like a Prowler if you want to keep it pristine.
Also, if memory serves me right, doesn't the Prowler have an aluminum space frame underneath (like an Audi A8)? If so you'll be out of luck after someone hits it as you won't find a qualified shop to repair an aluminum frame in the USVI.
Finally, a person after my own heart!
I own a 65 Shelby Mustang and considered bringing it with me to STT.
After my first PMV it was very obvious that that would be a HUGE MISTAKE!!!
Salt air, bad roads, bad drivers, no parking, lack of any real highway.
To drive the point home, I was out one day and passed a 68 mustang convertible, or what was left of it.
completely wrecked, rusted and abandoned less than 50 feet from my property line. I call that an omen.
Keep the car in the states, buy an old jeep and enjoy the islands!
If you are using it as a Sunday driver it will be a great car. I take out my '52 MG now and again and it makes it special. I certainly wouldn't drive it daily. There is at least one, maybe two here in STT. There are better cars suited for island use like an SUV or 4WD truck. I do not see why you have to buy a piece of crap in fear that someone or the roads will destroy your ride. There are so many nice cars here that are still in pristine condition. .
I agree, and I think anyone who seriously loves their cars would rather bring them than leave them home alone. They're like pets, they get sad if in storage too long!
Aside from your perfect MG,
- 'real' 60s cobra [stj]
- 356 porsche [stj]
- canary yellow e type jag [years ago, stt]
- red and white nash metropolitan on stj last weekend [know whose that is???]
- 60s ss camaro [stj, a few years back]
- 60s mustang convertible [stj]
- vintage willys jeeps & wagons, old toyota fj's
- other mgb's, fiat spiders
- and of course, the rastas love their vintage vw's - 50's, 60's, ragtops, things, ghias, buses
When people see my car they ask if I just got it. I say no, it;s special and I only bring it out now and again. One rasta dude thought it was a Rolls Royce! I told him no, but watch for it next! Most youngsters look at it and say wow, what an oldie! There are many classics and antiques you only see once in awhile. As I said before, as a Sunday driver yes, but daily no. The Prowler I see here is like once every now and again. Wish we had a ferry that took cars to STX. Would love to take it over for the weekend!