The other day we were reading a few articles about enthusiasts acquiring special cars in one fashion or another. These cars become projects, and often require various levels of work.
Then it crossed our minds that some things change while not changing at all. Yes...the times change, the technology changes, but it also does not change after decades.
Several years ago we embarked on a first car dialogue and several folks contributed. This was The Colonel's first car...click. Agreed, a 1963 Chevrolet is over 50 years old today.
When you are young for some reason time moves slower, there is an abundance of physical energy and resources, with usually a scarcity of financial resources. Technology was non existent, everything was mechanical.
As an enthusiast you absolutely had to acquire an innate understanding of cars, how they worked, how to fix them usually on a tight budget. There was no Internet, no forums to exchange information, or acquire information.
Every car was special, and its interesting to see that special cars still exist today.
What was/is a special car?
Its usually a car that requires a fair amount of TLC, or has some sort of potential after a bunch of work is invested in the car. Work more than money.
Agreed...it was special in the eyes of the beholder and perhaps the immediate friends. Everyone else might conclude that it was a miserable POS.
Interesting enough that special car thing stays with you through the years, and the more cars you own, see, drive, deal with...the more some cars are special. Its not necessarily that its a good car, or a fast car, its just a special car.
Lets look at some special cars...from the past
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne Coupe - it was special, priceless in its own way. Required a ton of constant TLC to keep it running.
1979 Camaro Z28 - still very special, still in the garage, how to have your own collectible. Back in the day a ton of work went on that car.
The other thing that makes cars special is that if you own them for long enough they become a part of the family. The Z28 has been around for 38 years.
Lets not forget that mechanical cars are special in their own way. When you need a key to unlock a door, to start a car, in 2016 its special.
Lets not forget a 1995 C220 that has been around Strada for over 11 years, a priceless car in its own way.
If you are an enthusiast most if not all the cars you own, and will own always have something special that resonates with you...they are rarely just a car.