Aussie historic vehicle owners spend $9.9 billion p.a

The owners of Australia’s historic vehicles spend some $9.9 billion each year on their passion, according to a new survey.

The enthusiast owners of an estimated 970,000 historic vehicles in Australia spend on average $10,240 per vehicle annually, around 12.5 per cent more than people who own daily driven cars. The historic vehicle fleet represents 4.4 per cent of Australia’s 21 million total vehicle fleet. Around 50 per cent of the survey respondents own only one historic vehicle, the other 50 per cent owning two or more vehicles. Historic vehicles are in two categories: those 15 to 30 years old defined as classic vehicles and those over 30 years old defined as heritage vehicles.

More than 6,000 historic vehicle owners responded to the project. The Australian Motor Heritage Foundation (AMHF), which commissioned the research, said such a survey has never been comprehensively undertaken on so wide a scope or on a national basis in Australia.

“The findings of this report have certainly highlighted the significance of the historic vehicle sector to both the community at large and the economic sector,” said AMHF Chairman, Hugh King,

“The response from Australia’s motoring club members has been unprecedented: the economic modellers at TMG (The Mercurius Group) have never had so large a data pool to work with, proving motoring enthusiasts care as passionately about their historic vehicles as they do having their voices heard. In carrying out this study, we have shown that the historic vehicle movement is a large and vibrant part of Australia’s society and economy.”

The survey also reveals the total annual economic impact, including direct and indirect expenditure, is $25.2 billion, with the sector creating almost 79,000 jobs – 42,000 direct and 37,000 indirect. These jobs generate $6.2 billion in wages and salaries annually. “These are very large numbers by any standard,” said the AMHF.

CEO of the Motor Traders’ Association of NSW, Stavros Yallouridis, said the AMHF’s survey gave yet more irrefutable evidence of the significant contribution of the automotive sector in the broader Australian economy.

“Despite the end of local vehicle manufacturing, Australia maintains a rich and diverse automotive industry, which employs hundreds of thousands of people across a range of roles,” said Yallouridis.

“The automotive sector is one of the backbones of our economy and is also at the heart of our communities. This survey, and the enthusiastic response, highlights the necessity for Australia to back its automotive sector with world-class training, local skills development and career pathways,” he added.

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