What is it with old cars that captures the imagination?
If you have been around cars for a while (how long is a while?) at some point lets call them old cars start blipping on your radar in one fashion or another.
Why do they blip?
We certainly all have our own reasons as to why certain old cars blip, other blip louder, and still others blip brighter.
At some point you surely read about Cadillac, Packard, Duesenberg, Pierce Arrow, and hopefully a V16 Cadillac from the 1930 captured your interest, if not imagination. Obvious that a Duesenberg with the stately coachwork, the green straight 8, and the supercharger in the SJ...its a serious car.
Perhaps you might even speculate as to who could afford a Duesenberg way back in the day.
You also wonder how you stopped any of these cars with mechanical brakes.
We cross the Atlantic, we run into Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Rolls Royce, Bentley all cars that stand out for their own reason.
Yes...back in those days, engineering, technical features, were the order of the day.
Fast forwarding to the mid to late 1960's and the halcyon days of muscle cars in North America. There was the mild version, the semi mild version, and the high strung version. Yes..you can just imagine which version captured the imagination...the high strung one.
Back then a high strung V8 with a mechanical lifter camshaft, a miserable idle, usually over carbureted for city traffic generated an unmistakable sound...irrelevant of which manufacturer the engine originated. Today the wild totally high strung versions are the ones that are more valuable.
A 1969 big block Corvette is interesting and it has value, but an L88 a totally different story.
Yes...there was an hierarchy in the muscle car world...back in the day.
Agreed...all these old cars were mechanical. Where the engineering, mechanical features, execution, workmanship were a direct factor of the price of the car.