Aren’t they magnificent! Those old guzzle-boats.
In person, they’re much bigger than you imagined. Even some from our own youth, like ‘70s Mustangs, which were cool little hotrods back when. They look like big boats now.
Every year Magnolia has a car show. It’s mostly rare old birds, though this year they also had a Nissan Leaf for contrast.
The car above is a 1937 Cord. No, not Ford, Cord!
We never heard of it either.
But the guys at the car show know. They can tell you all about their shiny, meticulously maintained vehicles, inside and out.
We have to admit, it is kind of interesting to peer under the hoods back to simpler days. Even someone like Domesticus, who doesn’t know what a spark plug is (Do they even exist anymore?), can see there was a beauty to the uncomplicated inner workings that made these big lions roar.
But even more fun for us was a 1932 black car, we think it was this one:
whose owner let us climb inside and breathe in the past from the original interior. Most of the cars had re-done interiors, but somehow this guy managed to preserve the Depression-era layer of beige plush all these years. We felt like Bonnie, as in Clyde. If we’d been in there long enough, we might have gotten into the times even more and transformed ourself into Jean Harlow or Greta Garbo, but we worried about overstaying our welcome.
Because Domesticus could have sat in that car all afternoon. We were even tempted to ask the guy to drive us around the block in it, but, really. It’s a car show, not a dealership.
Here’s another model that will interest our friends from Hawaii – a ’51 surfer’s car (no, we don’t know the model, but maybe some of you guys can help us out):
And here’s Domesticus’ favorite, a ’49 Buick Roadmaster just like the one Bigfoot’s mother used to drive:
These old car guys are serious, passionate, and willing to spend as much on their cars as some people spend on a home. (But then, they probably live in their garage.) According to our little local Magnolia News, one of them spent $130,000 on a 1937 Packard, including restoration. Another spent $180,000 on a 1939 Chevy Town Sedan.
In contrast, the Nissan Leaf on display starts at $35,000 and costs two and a half cents a mile to run with electricity.
As for the Old Guzzlers, well Domesticus doesn’t know the stats, so we asked our friend www.anythingaboutcars.com, who said:
A new car back in the 1940s cost about $800, and for 18 cents, you could buy a gallon of gas. On average, most 1940s cars got about 15 to 20 miles per gallon.
Not as bad as we thought. About the same mpg as an SUV. You don’t have to charge it up either. But of course gas is super expensive now, and Evil compared to charging up in your garage.
We are forced to conclude that owning a Classic Car, while it may provide a few hours of fun, is an expensive, time-consuming, gas guzzling misuse of resources.
And we want one!
How about you?