California Classic Car Dealer Is Our Kind of Guy
Keith McCormick is the owner of McCormick’s Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions and as serious about classic automobiles as we are. Each time we think about adding a new model to our selection of San Francisco classic car rentals, we check his inventory first. The Englishman started his business four years after arriving here in the U.S. in 1981, but his love affair with classic cars started years before that. His got his first job as a mechanic in 1966 when he was 18. It wasn’t long before he realized that a life fixing, restoring and selling classic cars of all kinds was going to become a career. Today, he exports more than 1,000 cars each year to at least 15 counties around the world. His cars sell for between $2,000 and $250,000 each, and he says the famously sunny Southern California weather is a big part of his success.
“The big news about California is they don’t rust,” McCormick said. “That’s why the old cars are so pristine. We have sunshine every day and there’s not the rain or salt that gets put on the roads.”
Even after four decades in the business, he says that he still gets a thrill working on and around cars.
“Can you remember your father’s first car?” he asked. “Maybe in 20 years time, when you get this pang of nostalgia, you might want to go buy what your father took you to school in as a kid. It’s an exciting kind of adrenaline pumper.”
He said that while he loves modern cars as well, he much prefers to work on classic cars, which he claims are less expensive to maintain and keep running. A big part of this bias has to do with computers and other modern developments, which can be pricey to replace.
“We just had to put a computer brain in a Lincoln limo that we got in — $2,200,” he said.
“There is no computer brain in the old classic cars. You’re looking at $2,000 for a late model Lincoln against a couple of hundred bucks under the hood of a classic car.”
He says that a very important part of the appeal of classic cars is that they are timeless works of art and that his business will remain successful in the future because people love the look and feel of these automotive artworks.
“It’s like saying the art industry is going to fall apart, Picasso is going to be worth half the money,” he said. “It’s never gonna happen.”
We couldn’t agree more. If you’re thinking about reserving a San Francisco classic car rental for an upcoming event, we have several that are worthy of your consideration. They are all lovingly maintained to retain their great looks and timeless beauty and are available at very affordable rates. For more information about your options and to reserve your Bay Area classic car rental, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936!