The Thanksgiving season has finally arrived; during this time of year, we sit back, we reflect, and we feel gratitude for all the good things in our lives. As I was thinking these deep Thanksgiving thoughts, I naturally drifted toward the realm of classic cars. (To me, classic cars are kind of like beer and donuts to Homer Simpson.)
I’m a guy who started driving during the late 1970s. I got to thinking about the cars from my youth that helped to shape my love of things with motors, and these three cars were at the top of my list.
1970 Chevy Impala
I’m very thankful for the fact that I didn’t start out with an old beater. My first car was a 1970 Chevy Impala. It was a soft shade of blue with a white convertible top, and it was a real looker. The car had a 350 with a four-barrel, and it made me a lot more popular overnight.
I wish I kept the car until today, but I’ll have another one before all is said and done.
1965 Ford Mustang
I was just a little kid when the Ford Mustang was introduced in 1964. The very first Mustang was sold in April of that year, but it was formally considered to be a 1965 model.
This was the vehicle that started the pony car phenomenon, and my aunt had one, so I got a taste of the Mustang magic early on. The car was eventually passed on to my cousin, and I got a closer look when I was a teenager.
The Mustang has been in my blood ever since.
1966 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
Another car that got my attention when I was younger was a 1966 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88. The car was cool and fast, equipped with a 425-cubic inch V-8 that was rated at a robust 425 horsepower. It was a beige convertible with power everything. My uncle who owned it was a mechanic, so it always purred like a kitten before it roared like a lion.
When you think about cars like these, you immediately understand the value of preservation. If you are in possession of something special, you should think about the future. You can preserve a piece of history, and well maintained classics will invariably go up in monetary value.
Yes, we sometimes need money, and we trade up. At the same time, if you have the wisdom to recognize what you have, your children and grandchildren may be quite grateful to you a few decades from now.