This got me thinking about the 55 plus” classics” I have owned (or in some cases owned me) in the last 45 years of driving and buying cars. I currently have 7 under wraps waiting for restoration. But, now that I am 63, I am starting to think I may not get to all of them, which becomes a problem for many car collectors. And that is why there is an increase in car restoration shops, car shows, and classic car parts industries; now more than ever dedicated to the classics.
Many people now own a car from their past. Whether from the 40’s or 60’s or 80’s; classic car ownership may come about because a particular car or truck that reminds them of a better time in their life or fond memories that a car was part of.
This type of classic car owner has a specific purpose in mind and usually has reasonable expectations of the car with budgets, time frames, and limitations of space etc. George is dealing with his new convertible in this fashion.
Many of the classic cars get publicity because they are owned by famous people or a lot of money was spent in their restoration; making good reading or viewing. But, most of the classics, like George’s, are inconspicuously purchased through an ad, not a bid on a famous televised auction. They are usually driven in quiet neighborhoods; not raced at Pikes Peak or Lemans Historical Races and never cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore. They are fixed up as needed and maybe someday would get that new paint job.
There are some of us, however, like me, that have had cars that could have made us rich and famous but time, money, and the expertise kept us from realizing those dreams. Other priorities in life derailed our keeping them. Lack of time and money kept us from finishing some. Having to sell one or three to get the nicer rarer model was also part of the game. Our type of classic car ownership involved way too much time, money, or frustrating years. Busted knuckles and bank accounts was the mark of the guy who couldn’t say no or just KNEW this one would someday be the one!
So, is one type of classic car ownership seem more reasonable than the other? Maybe, the idea of a simple classic actually completed and enjoyed has its merit. For me and some like me the searching, researching, purchasing, restoring, selling, and starting all over again is part of the fun also. I’ve had lots of sweet rides and many hair raising stories to tell about the classics I’ve owned. Maybe I’ll write about them someday….. For now all this just maybe TMI…..