7 Reasons Why People Love Old Vintage Cars

Old vintage cars are still very popular for several reasons. Read on to learn why people love old vintage cars.

Everything old is new again. As electric and self-driving cars grow more widespread, the appeal of vintage cars only deepens.

While the vintage car investment bubble may not be what it once was, there are still huge numbers of people who care about awesome old cars. And they care about more than what a vintage car can fetch at auction. 

But what’s so fascinating about vintage cars? Aren’t they a little outdated?

Here are seven reasons why people love old vintage cars.

1. A Slice of History

A vintage car is more than an automobile — it’s also a story. Every classic car is a little slice of history that tells the story of its manufacturer and the zeitgeist of its launch date.

That’s why vintage cars seem to come pre-packaged with a story that no modern car can match. Often, these stories are personal accounts that deal with the trials of individuals, not multinational corporations.

And there’s also the story of how an individual vintage car survived the years, including the many hands it may have passed through. Recounting the history of a vintage car can be like describing the history of your family tree.

The story of a vintage car can also be a story of a time and a place. For instance, you can read more now about a country where classic cars are still the norm and the reasons why.

In collecting or preserving vintage cars, enthusiasts are keeping the past alive. After all, these cars (and their history) will all be gone forever, one day. 

2. A Sense of Style

In the era of IKEA, it’s easy to forget what artistry looks like. Mass, low-cost production may have its advantages, but aesthetics are rarely one of them.

It’s no less true for cars. Modern cars may be sleek and scientifically aerodynamic, but they lack the personality of vintage cars.

Even when mass produced, vintage cars still featured less automation and less materials science in their construction. That often resulted in cars that felt more hand-crafted — the car equivalent of that antique piece of furniture handed down by your relatives.

Along with that, each car manufacturer would have its own distinctive style. And that’s one reason why vintage cars are instantly recognizable today.

Examples of this kind of unique personality in mass-produced goods seems to be in short supply in recent decades, as cookie-cooker designs are often cheaper and easier to mass produce. 

Vintage cars instead hail from an age where analog tools still played a key role in engineering. The vintage car may have more individual flair than a modern counterpart, even when compared to its contemporary competition. When you looked at a vintage car, you often knew exactly what car you were looking at. 

3. The Quirk Factor

Our quirks are what make us what we are. But a production line approach to car manufacturing tends to iron out these quirks in favor of a more predictable result.

Every vintage car is its own thing, with a personality that includes its quirks. These quirks may be unique to the period, the model, or even the individual car. Whatever the case, they make owning a vintage model an interesting experience.

Of course, these quirks aren’t always objectively “good”, but true love endures through the bad times, too!

4. Talking Shop

For most people, a hobby comes from a place of passion. And when you’re passionate about something, you want to share it.

Vintage cars offer a great talking point. They’re just far enough outside the everyday experience that people know only a little about them, which can make for interesting conversations.

We’ve already mentioned that vintage cars tell a story. Sharing that story with others is a fantastic way to bring other people into your hobby and celebrate your passion. Likewise, talking about a car’s quirks is a fun way to share a love of automobiles.

5. Dirty Hands

Like many modern things, contemporary cars don’t always encourage a hands-on approach. Modern cars are increasingly digital and their mass-produced parts are often tinker-proof. What were previously individual components, for example, may now arrive as a tamper-proof unit for installation into the model.

For hobbyist mechanics who want to get their hands dirty, classic cars are the way to go. They’re from a time when the gap between mechanic and hobbyist was much smaller.

Hobbyists who want to make their car into a project can find endless hours of engagement in restoring an old model — something that may not be possible for our modern cars in a few decades’ time.

6. A Drive Alive

The gap between a modern and vintage car is larger than it first appears. You could think of it as the difference between reading a paperback book and reading on a Kindle.

Modern cars are science-minded, but that high-tech knowhow comes at the expense of a more organic driving experience — some modern cars are only a few steps short of self-driving already!

Vintage cars rely much more on the one behind the wheel and can offer more tactile feedback for the experienced driver. That connection between car and driver isn’t as strong in many modern cars, which keeps vintage enthusiasts coming back to them.

7. The Summer of ’69

For many, the appeal of vintage cars goes beyond the merely practical and into the semi-philosophical.

For those people, vintage cars are about an idea. They appeal to nostalgia for a simpler time, which can be attractive in an increasingly complex time. And many hobbies are, after all, a small slice of escapism.

The classic car appeals as a physical token of lost days. Vintage cars can offer more mental comfort than their more utilitarian modern equivalents. Vintage enthusiasts often feel they’re playing their part to preserve a little of that older world.

The Many Reasons to Love Old Vintage Cars

These are just 7 of the many reasons people love old vintage cars, but they’re enough to show that it’s more than just nostalgia at work. Interest in vintage cars will likely continue to grow as even combustion engines became a thing of the past, making the vintage car even more fascinating to the modern driver.

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~ by velofinds on April 29, 2019.