EBay, Barrett Jackson, and Hemmings all abound with classic and veteran sports cars for sale and auction year-round, but why do so many people want to buy one – or even more than one?
What makes an otherwise-sane person sink exorbitant amounts of money into an obsolete piece of machinery?
I bought my first classic sports car in the 90’s – a decrepit and pitiful 1978 MG Midget. That was just the beginning; I was bitten as they say. Shortly after the Midget came home, I bought a 1977 MGB, then a 1973 MGB, a 1967 MGB GT, BMWs, Porsches, Triumphs and on and on. Let’s take a look at the reasons why folks might consider buying a classic sports car.
Among the automotive elite, Detroit’s Cobo Hall is well-known as the home of the North American International Auto Show, one of the premier events on the annual auto show circuit. Yet perhaps only the true Auto Savant realizes that, each year, a little more than a month after NAIAS, Cobo is the site of a similarly world-class automotive exhibition that holds the same position in its part of the universe that the other Detroit auto show maintains for the new-vehicle industry. I’m writing, of course, about Autorama, the long-running hot-rod fest that’s now in its 60th year and wrapped up this past weekend.
Reading a story on Jalopnik this morning about how a 1985 Pontiac Fiero was after 22 years underwater caused my mind to wander to the last rusty submerged car that I remember seeing in the news. Of course, that car is the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere that the city fathers of Tulsa, Oklahoma buried in front of their city hall in 1957, to be unearthed in 2007 and awarded to the person who most closely guessed Tulsa’s 2007 population.
At almost the same time news broke that PSA Peugeot Citröen and GM were in alliance talks, Ford’s former alliance partner, Mazda is going in the opposite direction. The Japanese automaker is looking to raise up to $2 billion USD (162.8 billion yen) to shore up its balance sheet.
By Kevin Gordon
This week we learned that going “off the cuff” is tougher than you might imagine. Kevin flubbed dates, predictions, and managed to chew on words that his three year old can pronounce with perfect annunciation. The good news is that the format continues to improve. Every day we learn a little more about camera angles and editing techniques. Also, this week we replaced Friday’s Afternoon Commute with a video review of the 2012 Hyundai Accent. After the break are all of the videos for the week.
By Charles Krome
I was reviewing some of last year’s pictures recently, and came across this Thing, which I had shot over the summer during a road trip to the wild and wacky Dixieland Flea Market in Waterford Hills, Mich. It wasn’t for sale, but it did bring back some fond memories from my childhood days, when seeing life-sized toys like this helped bridge the gap between Hot Wheels and my first real set of wheels.