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— Hagerty material VP and pal of Autoweek Rob Sass wonders out loud: When the little one boomers place down their auction flags and retire, what will come about to the collector automobile market? “Who’;s going to buy all their vehicles?” (We will. –Ed.) Who, indeed — each and every generation defines, and is simultaneously defined by, its personal tastes. The worth of 1950s American autos has remained stagnant, although European and prewar automobiles has bubbled and burst. (Search at the NART Ferrari Spyder that set a road-car record of $ 27 million.) Hand in hand with the collector auto hand-wringing is the worrisome rhetoric that young folks just aren’;t interested in autos anymore — we know, we know, we have heard it just before, but it is definitely cause for concern. “It’;s questionable regardless of whether they will care about the automobiles of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers,” questions Sass, “or any cars, for that matter.” This concern is specifically pertinent to Sass, whose total livelihood depends on folks blowing top dollar on Ford Thunderbirds, and these days you don’;t even have to blow that considerably funds. Fortunately, he has the information to back it up. On the other hand, if your writer could relive his childhood dream and get his hands on a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, then this post proves, if absolutely nothing else, that now’;s the time.
— In a separate report, Hagerty notes (as do we) that the 80s are certainly going to be a thing, with future 1980s collectibles such as such previously unforeseen luminaries as the Pontiac Fiero, the Lamborghini Jalpa, the Ford Mustang SVO, and the Porsche 928. (The Fiero? Yes, certainly!) Properly, here’;s one particular 928 that is guaranteed not to be collectible. Ever wanted the exotic performance of a V8 Porsche, the timelessness of gold BBS basketweaves, and the yee-haw masculinity of a pick-’;em-up truck? Buddy, you are in luck. We invested ages trying to discover a Kraftwerk/Alan Jackson mashup to succinctly describe this car’;s theme song, but following repeated playings of Cotton-Eyed Joe, we went to the bathroom to stop the blood from flowing out of our ears.
— “Ford LTL Diesel Truck Jumps More than 100′,” says the headline. Yeah, we’;ll view that.
— Must be great to be Vaughn Gittin Jr. Aside from having a excellent NASCAR name (“And here is Vaughn Gittin Junior, gittin’; it on against Joey Bickers in the No. 7 Bojangles Chicken car…”), he gets paid to do what he not only loves but is excellent at–drifting. Lucky for Mr. Junior, he has a huge backyard that resembles Mars if it had been carpet bombed by NATO, where he slides around all day and annoys the neighbors. We know a man with a truck who’;d love to jump it there.
— Do you dwell in the North Shoah? (Neighborhood dialect used.) Are you hunting to enter the interesting planet of mail delivery? Then have we got the Golden Chariot for you! Mail delivery is wicked enjoyable, judging by the vendor who’;s, uh, promoting this Golden Chariot in the kind of a dark green 1999 Jeep Cherokee 4WD on hooptie steelies with 130,000 miles and a correct-hand-drive steering rig. Excellent for playing fun pranks at Dunkin’; Donuts drive-thrus. And unlike yesterday’;s Caterham, this does not in fact qualify as a kei car no matter how significantly crankcase sludge drags the 4.-liter’;s horsepower down to the 63-hp necessity.
Picture from the aptly named America Loves Horsepower.
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