Vehicles of Yesterday and Today; My Choice

English-Thursday 8:30 a.m.

February 19, 2004

There are three things I look for in a good car. Characteristics have to meet certain criteria before I feel the vehicle is “good enough” for me and my children to ride in. The car must have three of my most important wants. It must be durable, able to hold up to wear and tear, it must be low a maintenance vehicle, and of course, it has to run. I found that most of the time a classic car will meet my needs more than a modern built car.

An older model car (i.e. ’67 Mustang or ’57 Chevy) has a body of metal or steel. This is obviously a much more durable car than one of fiberglass or plastic. This makes it not only durable, but in my eyes, safe. My first question is one to think about. If a modern and classic car hit head on (of course being the fault of the modern car), who is going to crumble to pieces and who is going to get a dent in the bumper? These classic cars were built smart and the car industry should have never changed body material. That’s the first reason why I prefer an old to over a modern day car.

Here’s my second question, which car, modern or classic, would have less “under the hood” problems? If we look under the hood of my 1957 Chevy Step-side truck you would be like “It’s missing almost everything under there!” That is not true at all. Compared to modern cars, the truck does look empty underneath, but it is actually just a whole lot simpler than the luxurious cars of today. You would mainly see an alternator, engine, transmission, battery, and a group of wires for the headlights, tail lights, and brake lights, and maybe, if it has heat, the heater core will be around there too. That’s about it, no power steering pump, no power windows or door lock controls, no air conditioning compressor, none of that. The basics are all it has and all it needs. I’m sure that being as plain as it is that it is the least of the ozone’s worries, which is one reason why it doesn’t have to pass emissions for inspection. If it breaks down I’m sure the problem is easier to pinpoint than it would be on a car of today. So, low maintenance? I would say so.

Last of all, who remembers the Pinto? I know I sure do not and could not really even pick it out if I had to (nor do I really want to). That is probably because most of them are in your local junkyard. Didn’t last very long, did they? You see the classics everywhere, from Mustangs to Camaros to the old trucks. Every corner you turn you can probably bet you will see at least one. They were built tough and made to last, and that is something you have to appreciate.

So in conclusion, I do honestly believe the classics are better. If you believe that air conditioning, power windows, power door locks and power steering is much more “luxurious” than the dependability of the car or, more importantly, more “luxurious” than your safety then you should not even driving. These classics have earned the respect they deserve, proving themselves for many years, and I am certain they will keep on proving themselves for years to come.