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#1 of 81 MY FUTURE OLDER CAR?
Jan 02, 2009 (5:57 pm)
I have digressed from my original inquiry( see 58-66 Thunderbirds ?) so I am starting a discussion about your average (income) middle aged man who pines for the style, substance and quality of an older automobile. I know I am not alone in this feeling of wanting a piece of the past and I am not so naive to think that everything old is good. That is why I would respectfully ask for comments from vintage car owners as well as people like myself. Both the 50's and 60's interest me equally. Review my Thunderbird discussion and please weigh in. I am not well versed in this method of communication so please forgive my clumsiness.
#2 of 81 Re: MY FUTURE OLDER CAR? [piCARso]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 02, 2009 (7:03 pm)
Help us out a bit.
Please answer as best you can:
1.What's your budget?
2. Do you want to go FAST?
3. How BIG can you stand them? As big as they come, or are there limits as to size?
4. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
5. Are you content to drive a car everybody knows, or must you have a car that is very unique?
#3 of 81 Well, just in general terms
Jan 02, 2009 (7:34 pm)
...I'd say go for something nice-looking from the mid-60s. Domestic automotive technology was reasonably well settled in by then, and a competent mechanic should be able to figure out most of what's under the hood. The cars themselves were generally powerful enough to be usable on modern roads, and the stuff they didn't have (split brakes with front discs, better carbs, etc.) can be retrofitted fairly easily.
#4 of 81 My Future Older Car ?
Jan 03, 2009 (5:12 pm)
Budget: Keeping it real, under 10 would be nice. I see a lot of nicely kept cars of every make, model and size on ebay selling for -10. If that seems too restrictive what will 15 to 20 bring.
Wife:An ingredient in this equation not to be overlooked or underestimated. It will be our classic car not just mine, therefore I think we need to take the flat black chopped Merc off the table although the outlaw in me would love to own one.
Speed: Not really important, happy with 55 on the turnpike and something that drives smoother then a foot stool.
Size: Doesn't matter, thank God. I am more interested in style and imaginative design. I don't mind those big rolling living rooms. Probably not the late 50's big finned Cadillacs though.
Introvert/extrovert: Yes. I am quiet and conservative by nature but there is definitely a showman just below the surface.
Unique: Not necessarily. Most cars from this period, even the most modest would turn heads today. When car design moved from the boat to the box, cars lost their individuality. Paint them all silver and do you have a Mercedes or a Ford?
Bottom Line: My wife will approve a sensible, informed choice.( maybe even an illogical choice if I beg)
My knowledgeable host has suggested post 55' when power steering and brakes, and other amenities make driving pleasurable.
I like period color : pink, powder blue, pastel yellow and green bodies with white tops and the opposite.
I like well appointed chrome, 56' Crown Vic, Mercuries of this time period, articulated headlights and wrap around back windows, 59' Olds 88 Holiday,59'&60' Impalas, Edsel. 1959 seems like a great year for styling to my eye. The same models in 60' don't look as good to me. I don't mention Belairs since they are so expensive. I guess my heart "is" in the 50's but I do not want to ignore the 60's. Early Mustangs are iconic but their often cheap prices make me suspicious. I can appreciate the muscle car but I don't see it in my future unless I hit the lottery.
Convertibles: sure, I don't want to eliminate them. Summer is short in Maine and who wouldn't want to drive around with the top down. Tell me about well functioning models in the 60's and even 70's, those neglected diamonds in the rough.
Variables:I Understand Many ! I don't need numbers matching. I would like a worthy and reliable driver that won't bankrupt me but satisfy my desire for a piece of automotive sculpture and help to inform others like myself what are the strengths and weaknesses of the cars in this period. With rebuilt engines and transmissions I know all is speculative but give me your best general ideas. I appreciate and welcome all opinions. Thank you for your consideration.
#5 of 81 how about starting here?
Jan 03, 2009 (6:02 pm)
i did a Hemmings dealer search in Maine.
gotta go, i am going to browse though the inventory.
#7 of 81 Re: My Future Older Car ? [piCARso]
Jan 03, 2009 (8:01 pm)
Since your heart is in the '50s because of the style, you may want to keep your eye out for a resto-rod. These are cars that have been cosmetically restored but have had more modern drivetrains, steering, brakes, and/or amenities such as sound systems installed. A well-done example won't be cheap, but it will less than an example restored to original standards would be, and if the lack of originality doesn't bother you it should be a better drive.
#8 of 81 Re: Here's my vote - [lokki]
Jan 04, 2009 (1:57 pm)
I was about to recommend this model Tempest, too. Good way to get the style of a GTO without the huge $$$$. But it sounds like '50s is more his preference, so a 57 or so Pontiac, Buick, or Olds in good shape should be easy to find, $10k for a 4 door, $20k for a 2 door should get a good one, I'd think. It'd be hard to find a good convertible at under $20k, wouldn't it?
#9 of 81 Re: My Future Older Car ? [piCARso]
Jan 04, 2009 (2:13 pm)
One thing you haven't described - how much work do you want to do on it?
#10 of 81 Re: Here's my vote - [texases]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 04, 2009 (4:14 pm)
A '57 Chevy 4-door might work, although I think 60s cars drive a lot better.
A Ford Falcon Futura might be nice.