The appeal of American muscle cars, fancy luxury automobiles, and vintage classics are an international past time that has been around since cars could be dubbed ‘classics’. Since the introduction of the Ford Model T in 1909 to the American public – movement by way of automobile was where it’s at. At the turn of the 20th century, drivers reached back with the hopes of grabbing a bit of nostalgia, to turn a few heads, or just to revel in the greats.
America’s reaction to Henry Ford’s newest invention took the world by storm. The novelty of this classic automobile doesn’t lie in its ability to hit the road for a long distance trip, nor in its ability to maintain reasonable gas mileage. It holds its place in the hearts of car collectors merely for its sentimental value. It was the first – and of the 15 million Model T’s built from 1909 to 1927, only a few remain.
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What drives the obsession with classic cars?
The appeal surrounding classic cars ranges from feelings of nostalgia – to wanting a respite from the modern cars of today. Huffington Post featured an article about classic cars where the writer notes that a survey of 1,000 motorists was conducted where respondents thought that driving a silver classic car is the most attractive way to be seen cruising for a new companion. This could be considered proof that sex appeal is another major factor in enthusiasts’ decision to delve into the world of classic automobiles.
In 2009, Motor Trend magazine created a list of the 60 coolest cars over the past 60 years. The top three in that list were the 1962-1969 AC Shelby Cobra, the 1962-1969 Austin Mini-Cooper, and the 1955-1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Of course, you can see the Austin Mini-Cooper roaming the streets even today. Unfortunately, the top three didn’t include the 1969 Pontiac GTO. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t rooted itself in the hearts of millions of Americans and non-Americans alike.
To quench the hankering for classic cars without the exorbitant price – enthusiast are turning to “kit cars”. These do-it-yourself cars are perfect for the person who has a bit of time and likes to tinker. If one feels that they have the wherewithal to build a car from the engine out – this is the choice for you. Priced reasonably as low as $2,500, kit cars come in all types. Ebay lists such classics as the 1953 MG, the 1991 Bentley Continental and the 1969 Fiberfab Valkyrie GTX, all for under $5K.
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If you’ve got the bucks to spend, you might want to hustle over to one of the nation’s collector car auctions. While a wide array of classic cars can be found at auctions held by Mecum Auction and Keith McCormick’s Classic Car Auctions, Barrett-Jackson seems to be the most well-known brand.
Barrett-Jackson calls themselves, ‘The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions’ and offer auctions in Arizona, Nevada, Florida and California. From the ’69 Corvette Coupe to the ’51 Pontiac Cheiftain – Barrett-Jackson auctions all types of autos. Once you find a car in any of these states, you should then check some of the car transportation companies that can deliver your classic vehicle to your door.
Mecum Auctions broaden the scope, offering collector cars, motorcycles, road art and tractors. They’re easily accessible as well with auctions held in great locations like Monterey, Dallas, Anaheim and Kansas City. McCormick’s, though stationary in Palm Springs, offers what they call, “investment quality” collector cars. They’re widely known for their personal touch in auctioneering.
Although we have to be careful of the carbon footprint we leave behind us – and many of us take steps to do so by opting for fuel efficient cars. One can’t help but want to join in memorializing the cars of yester-year. That is why classic car collection is, without a doubt, one of the most understandable obsessions of drivers around the world.
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