I’m A Car Guy, But…

2016-01-25_15-43-21.pngOne of my default satellite TV channels is Velocity. It is dedicated to almost everything about cars. As I am writing this they had the Barrett-Jackson car auction from Scottsdale Arizona.  All the CEOs and others willing to put out the big bucks are there in person or via the internet. Many 1960s and 70s restored cars are sold for $200,000 and beyond to anxious buyers wanting them for their already massive collections.  It amazes me how much they are willing to fork out!

2016-01-25_15-46-01.pngI turned sixteen years old in 1962 so I was around during what is now the peak popularity years. I learned to drive with a 1963 Chevy and my first new car out of college was a 1970 Boss 302 Mustang very similar to the one recent sold at Barrett-Jackson for $240,000. When I bought mine I think it cost me about $4,0000.

I really enjoyed my Mustang for the three years I had it before I wore it out. It had almost 40,000 miles on it and was on the second set of tires when the transmission started going bonkers but that was par for the day when it came to cars.

So, getting to the point of this post, I am a car guy but I would never go back to those days for a car today. Let’s face it, while the cars were more stylish and more easily identifiable than they are today, they were very unreliable compared to my 2012 Chevy Sonic that I drive now.  Carburetors were constantly clogging up, chokes sticking and a myriad of other problems.  Then there were points, rotor, distributor caps, and spark plugs that were changed everything 20,000 or so. Car maintenance was a never ending thing in the 1960s and 70s along with buying a new car every 3 or 4 years if you wanted reliable transportation.

So, while I enjoy the car shows on Velocity, I personally would never want to go back to those days. The only way I would want my Mustang back is if you put it on a modern-day chassis and drive-train.  The good-old-days just weren’t that good in this  or many other regards.