Thursday, December 16, 2004

Classic Cars rule

The rule I've heard a few times before is that a car is a classic when it reaches quarter century old. However, there are other factors involved too. Some cars are just destined to the junkyard regardless.
The 50's, 60's and early 70's have a lot of collectible vehicles. There's too many to even list right now, so I won't try. Personally, I don't see very many compelling vehicles from the middle to late 70's until the early 90's. There are some (like the old Z or the Mustang), but not many. Commonly, cars from the 80's just plan suck in styling and performance. The boxy cars of the early 80's are ugly for being boxes on wheels. The aerodynamic cars of the late 80's are ugly for being wings-with-bubbles on wheels. I don't think there are many collectors trying to score a 1989 Ford Taurus.
I was at the recent car expo in San Francisco. I found there are many compelling vehicles. I think the middle 1990's to now (and hopefully for years to come) is going to be an era with many collectible cars. Vehicles popular in the Tuner market almost already have a collectible status, like the previous Honda Civic. In addition, there are loads of new, interesting models or resculpts, like the Dodge Viper, any BMW, certain Subarus, the previous and new Mustang, etc which will likely stand the test of time.
It has inspired me to hold on to my car and keep it in great all-original condition for the next 20 or so years.

4 comments:

Mickey Glitter said...

Speaking of classic cars, what do you think of the new Mustang? A friend of mine really dislikes the "modern" front end it's sporting. I really like the ad with Steve McQueen in the cornfield. =)

FCSuper said...

I like the new look of the Mustang, but only the higher end models. I've sat in the base model and wasn't too impressed. The high end versions are better with a great V8, at least so far. The V6 doesn't even have a spoiler as an option right now. What's that about?

Mickey Glitter said...

Ummm. I don't know from V6 and V8 thingies. ;-)

But that Steve McQueen...oh, merciful Heavens.

FCSuper said...

I don't know whether to believe your V6/V8 comment or not. lol It's Engine SIZE! Size matters! 8 is bigger and stronger than 6 (like with other thangs?). lol Ok, ok, joke aside. The # describes how many cylinders are in the engine. The "V" describes the formation of the engine cylinders. "V" is the shape they form. Actually, many 6 cylinder engines are in a "V" shape these days. Some engines are "Straight" or "W" or "Slant".