A car collection doesn’t just sprout out of nowhere. Building one takes time and effort—more so if you’re targeting old-school rides which you’ll need to put a ton of work into restoring.
Rainier Salonga and his son Cark, though, didn’t let up despite the challenge, and the duo are now in possession of one of the country’s most drool-worthy vintage car collections.
The Salongas first began collecting classic cars in 2005, aiming to build a set comprised of models released in the 1980s and older. Over the years, the pair have spent around P12 million purchasing rides for their collection, and an additional P8 million restoring them.
Vintage car collection
The result of the Salongas’ time, effort, and monetary investment is one of the most pristine groups of classic cars you’ll come across in the Philippines. Some of the highlights include a 1968 Volkswagen Type 3 (Rainier’s personal favorite of the bunch), a 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe, a BMW E-21, and a 1967 Ford Mustang GT coupe.
Rainier’s advice for anyone looking to get into collecting cars? Be patient.
“Sa mga restorer ng mga vintage, enjoy. Pag ginawa niyo ‘yan, wag makaapekto sa real budget ninyo. Always yung excess money lang, and don’t rush things out. Slowly lang,” he said. “Ang restoration hindi ‘yan mabilisan.”
So, how much time do you think it would take you to build a collection similar to this?
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