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Old 11-19-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Because I can't afford a 40+ year old car that costs 2x our household annual income.
Would you buy one that costs less than the one you DO drive?

Why does everyone assume that all classic cars cost that much? As I said in another thread, my '63 Mercury Comet 2 door hardtop would cost about $8k in stock restored form with the factory V8.



I'm going to have about $12k total into mine when it's done and it'll look like this:



That's completely affordable these days. And if it's 2x your annual household income, you're doing it wrong anyhow...
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:59 AM
 
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My idea of a classic these days is a 1992 Acura Legend
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Old 11-19-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Would you buy one that costs less than the one you DO drive?

Why does everyone assume that all classic cars cost that much? As I said in another thread, my '63 Mercury Comet 2 door hardtop would cost about $8k in stock restored form with the factory V8.



I'm going to have about $12k total into mine when it's done and it'll look like this:



That's completely affordable these days. And if it's 2x your annual household income, you're doing it wrong anyhow...
Very sweet. Growing up the next door neighbor had one of those that she bought brand new. Her and her husband bought the home brand new in 1959 and she still owns that home. She drove the Comet from the time she bought it till the early 1980's. By the early 80's her husband had purchases his first Porsche and she told him that since he had a new car that she wanted one now. She bought a new Ford. LOL

Looking at your pictures brings back memories. I would have never looked at that car as a car to put money into but now looking at how some of the examples look has me interested.
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:08 PM
 
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I never was much of a mechanic . But my dad showed me , and sometimes, help me change oil, Check fluids, rotate tires, put fan belts on. Rather simple stuff. Now a days, I go to the AAA recommended garage for all that stuff. Growing up, I remember going downtown to the street that had all the car dealers showrooms and just working our way down the street. Brother and I would come home with loads of brochures and freebies. It would be like a Friday night and dealers would have a "searchlight" shining around to attract attention. Probably leftover searchlights from WWII. Of course, in the 50s and 60s, cars were really works of art, IMHO. Certainly not like the boring look alikes of today. Of course, gas was 30 cent a gallon. Anyway, Brother and I had many cars to play with, outside, scale model plastics, Matchbox, slotcars, Tonka trucks, and a couple pedal cars before we got bicycles. Kids , now, don't seem that interested for the reasons given above. Too bad. Makes me feel REALLY old. LOL

P.S. My "dream car " has always been the '59 Cadillac . I was SO impressed by that car. Wife says I can't have one now as it won't fit in the garage. And, after seeing the prices, I guess I won't have one even now. LOL
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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My idea of a classic these days is a 1992 Acura Legend
That explains your post in another thread a lot!
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:28 PM
 
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That explains your post in another thread a lot!
Different strokes for different folks. Too bad you can't see that

BTW stop stalking me
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Different strokes for different folks. Too bad you can't see that
I know the difference between good and bad taste.

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BTW stop stalking me
Replying to posts is not stalking. Replying to each and every one of your posts on different threads would be. Nice try, though.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:36 PM
 
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Personally, I can appreciate cars from many eras, and I do enjoy seeing them and they had some interesting designs. However, I wouldn't want to drive one. For one, I wouldn't enjoy driving a car without power steering, power brakes, etc. I also don't want to be repairing it often, I'm just not interested in working on a car.

And at the prices, I would rather buy a new car that has modern safety and convenience features.
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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My idea of a classic these days is a 1992 Acura Legend
By definition a 1992 Acura is not in the same status as a classic car.

The Classic Car Club of America maintains that a car must be between 30 and 49 years old to be a classic, while cars between 50 and 99 fall into a pre-antique class, and cars 100 years and older fall into the Antique Class.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:47 PM
 
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Here is the list...

Notice that age alone is not the sole determining factor.

Classic Car Club of America ? Approved Classics
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