Upsides: no depreciation, super simple to repair, non-cosmetic parts are typically inexpensive and easy to get, roomy cabs with no consoles in the way, nobody will ask to borrow it because they can't use a column shifter and everyone loves an old pickup. You may have to wait a few years before you have the luxury of a 30 year old car that will be higher maintenance but oh so very cool. Trucks like mine, at least here in Texas, get stolen a lot. When I love something, I can often put up with impracticality, but to a degree of course. While you've been building a career, your mechanic has been specializing in maintaining cars like yours.Next
At a bare minimum, make sure it has properly sized discs up front. As many enthusiasts already know, performing basic maintenance yourself contributes to a deeper functional understanding of your car and acquaints you with its unique personality. If you have a short commute, this may not be an issue, but a long commute can be a real chore in an older car. You still have kids to ferry and want a reliable commuter car. It had 95k miles on when I bought her, I took this to 250k by the time I regretfully broke her up for spares. Louis Missouri was a really sweet ride.Next
You need to become highly educated before you shop and be very, very careful with a purchase. It's sad to see a vintage car poorly maintained. These cars are capable of performing the same duties today. For the casual user, the drug is a luxury enjoyed on occasion in disciplined moderation. And don't get me started on the fuel economy.
Anyway, in terms of safety, Dave rightly points out that it may not be as safe as a modern car, personal decision but I hardly think you take your life in your hands - less safe than a new Taures, sure, safer than a Harley, yup. I rebuilt the 302, and swapped the C4 for a mid-eighties Mustang 5-Speed. They may be bigger and heavier than you want, but they are great budget performance cars. I used to have a 106 Guilia coupe 1600 junior , and I used it as my daily driver come rain or snow. Fun to drive, with a spacious interior and trunk, and still pretty comfortable despite my custom, more aggressive, canyon-carver suspension setup. Thanks to their hardiness many have been converted into track and drift machines, however if you can find a standard one it can be a reliable modern classic daily driver.Next
There are places here which are reasonable on fixing them though, and I could give you a few places if you want. Also old cars out here are much more expensive than the rest of the country. Edited February 6, 2013 by GrabberOrangeBullit I love old cars, or I wouldn't be here. Column manual shifters are pretty much a given. That time period is a lot of cast iron engines with radiators that weren't very efficient, and overheating would be a concern if you live in a warm region.Next
Their idea of perfect makes the assumption that the car is used as a car was intended to be used. Driving habits and experience in my mind, are more critical in that area. The next one I had for 3 years, then sold as a second child arrived and replaced it with my 1982 Alfa Romeo Giulietta which I converted to the running gear of a 3. My daily commute is about 17 miles, round trip. I drive my 1967 Dodge A100 pickup daily without any problems. I think it is time to do some test drives. Whatever you decide hopefully you get invovled in the hobby - you will likely get hooked for life.Next
And when he turned on the ignition at the veteran meets, people would wince at the sound of a well tuned Chevy V8. As he says he wants to learn, so he has something to consider there A Corvette or Reatta could fill the bill depending on his interest level. The electronics on these are pretty reliable though. Beneath the car body was modern parts - engine from a Corvette, new suspension and wheel mechanics, new brakes, new transmission. The pads can be replaced with better compounds, or you could put disk brakes on at some considerable expense. While I am not afraid to work on my own car, I dont want to be doing it on the side of the road on the way to work.Next
The car will likely have drum brakes, and the least expensive econobox on the road will have better brakes than you will. No depreciation, the car may actually be increasing in value as you drive and maintain it! It sounds like you're looking for something that drives more like a sports car, so I won't preach the advantages of 60s cars like the Mustang, Corvair, etc. And we all drove them in our early years. But there are factors besides reliability to consider when choosing a daily, such as: how fun is it to drive? Driving a vintage automobile forces your focus away from the blinking touchscreen soma in your palm and sets it back in the real world. In the Alfa, flooring the throttle as I drive through is pure music. I think you're into the 70s and up. A stock Triumph Spitfire may be dog slow, but it can induce a lot more grins than many cars with three times its power to weight ratio.Next