It seems there are hundreds of shows on TV about restoring vintage cars. My husband is a car guy and our yard is littered with his “vintage collection”. I put that last line in quotes because all I see are a lot of old, worn out clunkers. But he looks at it like a rich man looks at a new yacht. So I’m trying to learn the appeal of vintage cars.
Over the years, I have found myself a lot more drawn to older vehicles. I’m not just talking about a tricked out ’67 Chevelle, I’m talking about the old Camero sitting in someone’s yard on blocks. The one that’s missing the front bumper, a little rusty in the back quarter panel, and two different colors of paint. No, it’s not worth a ton of money, but it’s got appeal.
My husband and I watch a lot of those cars shows, namely Counts Kustoms on the History channel. He loves to watch them transform something that looked at though it could never be driven again, into something that brings a tear to a grown man’s eye. I watch it because I’ve learned a lot about what to look for in the details of a vintage car. Who knew all those car shows could be educational?
My husband has been collecting vintage Volkswagens for years. Parts, pieces, who vehicles. You name it, he’s either got it or knows where to get it. I’ve always loved bugs but had no idea that they were such a collector’s item.
We have Volkswagon stuff all over our place. Not just the real ones either. We’ve got toys, memorabilia, logos and a whole lot more. I never realized that all this stuff was something a lot of car guys will collect. And depending on how old it is, what it is, and even where it’s from, they can go for a lot of money. I’m starting to see the appeal in vintage cars.
Though it seems most guys want something that’s both old and in perfect shape, there’s something to be said for vintage cars in their well-loved states. The tales those old cars could tell. I think I like them in that condition more than if they were mint. But that’s just my opinion.
What about you? What’s your take on vintage cars? Do you have a favorite? Tell us about it. I know a lot of car guys that would love to hear your story.
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