I was at a car show yesterday, when I noticed a few cars pull up into the street. The first... a carbon copy of the "The Fast and The Furious" Mitsubishi Eclipse, minus the green paint job. The next... a 98 Mustang that had been modified (riced). The third... a Dodge Stealth (modifications: see previous cars). I was wondering why these cars were driven only by teens, and why the street rods and classics were driven by 35-70 year olds (yes, even the senior citizens made an appearance). Granted the budget of a teenager (16-19) is nothing like that of an adult, and while street rods are expensive, a new Eclipse or Mustang is very expensive as well. Somebody could have bought a very nice classic Mustang for what an Eclipse or newer Mustang would cost. Still, I was wondering why those two guys wanted newer cars over classics. Then it occured to me. When I remembered Scotty2Hotty posting about the question over whether or not teens should drive classic Mustangs, I noticed a few things. For one, most of the replies (including mine) stated the lack of safety a vintage car is inherited with as well as mechanical aptitude an owner should possess. Why on earth would someone want to buy a car if they are scared of driving it because of the risk to personal safety
It seemed to me that we are almost talking people my age out of purchasing a classic car. I hear all the time that teens don't have any respect for older cars. How so few 16-19 year olds drive the classics... According to some we just buy a foreign car and throw on a huge muffler. It just seems to me that most teens are just facing the truth, realizing the facts, and following the advice. Of course some kids don't have the mechanical aptitude required to do a full or partial restoration to a vintage car, so what do they do
They create their own type of muscle car. They don't want the worry of restoring a delapidated Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, or Plymouth Barracuda, they simply want the fun of driving a fast and powerful car. Unfortunately they look towards Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, or Nissan for this speed and enjoyment. I am just wondering if people really do appreciate the fact that a teen drives a classic car. From what I hear, they are dangerous, time consuming, and more expensive than a newer car. That is also what others are being told. Still, I think this only applies to a car in a state of disrepair. Yes, it is cheaper to buy a car in excellent condition than it is to restore one into the same shape and this should be taken into account. Good coupes can still be bought relatively cheap, and in my area insurance is actually cheaper for classics than it is for a newer car worth twice as less (even for liability only). Unfortunately I think many teens are getting the wrong impression about vintage cars... I may be biased but that is what I feel. This forum is very honest (and I highly respect that fact) yet I still feel we are continually discrediting the interest many young adults place into a pre-73 pony car. True, they aren't as safe as newer vehicles, or as efficient, yet many cars I see in the student parking lot aren't any of these despite that fact. Most cars teens drive to school are nice cars but not state of the art, and few have air bags, as well as being less than 10 years old. Of course, I live in rural Kansas by a small farming town. I hear of many teens in ricers on this forum... but not many people meeting a teen in a classic car... and I keep telling myself this is why.