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Old vs New – Part I

Posted in Best of, Dodge, Domestic Rides, General, Rides by MrAngry | January 11th, 2012 | 4 Responses |

1968 Dodge Charger

As an automotive journalist I’m simply not the biggest fan of new cars. I appreciate them, drive them and marvel at the technology that’s incorporated into them, but at days end they simply don’t excite me the way the old stuff does. I was thinking about this yesterday as I was tooling around in my 44 year-old Dodge, a car that for all intents and purposes, is more like a Conestoga wagon then a modern automobile. It’s a simple machine that was built in a time when things were still predominantly mechanical. An open hood for instance reveals recognizable components such as a power steering pump, brake master and hell, even an engine. You can see the cylinder heads, headers and spark plug wires, how they’re installed and how they work. Basically it’s not rocket science under there, it’s just mechanical simplicity in its rawest form.

1968 Dodge Charger

Cars like my old Charger speak to you, let you know what they’re thinking and educate you on the basics of mechanics, whereas the cars of today are simple appliances. Are they efficient? Yes. Do they perform? Yes. Can you bond with them and develop a relationship? Well people, that’s another story entirely.

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4 Responses

  1. Ben T. says:

    A lot of “tuners” there will NOT agree with you, but I do.
    This is the reason why a daily-driver is normally a new car, while your weekend car… your baby… your priced possession… the love of your life… is usually an old car. :)
    You wreck a modern sports car, you curse, you have the insurance company fix, or even replace it, and you couldn’t care less that it’s another car. But if you wreck a classic, nothing can ever replace it, and you’ll end up regretting it for the rest of your life.

  2. ryanstoy says:

    Some new cars go on to become beloved classics over time. But I get your point; it is physically impossible for me to check the oil in my BMW.

  3. Willhelm says:

    Love old cars, even the worst beaters and believe me I have driven a few… You learn to account for their idiosyncrasies, their lack of technology and, more so than in any new car, you are given a chance to for an intangible bond that is unique to both you and the car. To better illustrate my point Target shooting a bow comes to mind. An old car is like a simple longbow that simply relies on the interaction and harmony that comes from focus and instinct as opposed to a compound bow that is just sighted to nail the target consistently. While the Compound bow is superior in almost all categories, the simple bow brings in that x factor that, in my opinion brings all the thrill. In a lot of ways this is also like the battle of automatic versus manual. Anyway, hope that makes sense

  4. djrosa@hotmail.com says:

    i dont know i sorta agree that oldercars have more charm and charakter but then again some new cars can bring that to like the renault avontine a car that failed miserably but you sorta feel like its made by someone who had a vision and an idea of what he/she wanted something that i feel you get less and less of as years go by carmakers dont seem to take any chances anymore and i think that some of the greatest cars out there arent the ones that are designed to be a regular everyday car but the ones that are designed by a group that had an idea like the citroen ds or the original fiat multipla and to some extent the 1970’s charger and the old edsels and so on.