Monday, October 31, 2005

Cool Young Classics

What cars do we consider “Youngtimers”, those cool young classics that maybe were so uncool (or unreachable) at their time but now strike our fancy? What do you think about the following draft list? Please post comments & additions.

  • Your good-ol' American family sedan from when you were a kid (Ford Taurus, Buick Century, Chevy Impala, Dodge)

  • Those tight German cars that we could never afford: BMW 2002, 3-series, 5-series, 6-series and 7-series; Mercedes 190, S-Class, E-Class, SL; the first Volkswagen Jetta, Rabbit, Passat and of course the Volkswagen Bug / Beetle ...

  • The first Japanese cars that came over and all those milestones that made them what they are now: Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Camry, Accord, Cressida, Mazda 626, Protege, Miata, RX-7, RX-8, MX-5, Acura Integra and Legend, the first Lexus & Infitity

  • Classic SUVs: Ford Explorer, Toyota 4Runner & Land Cruiser, Bronco, Suburban

  • The first minivans: Dodge Caravan, etc.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Youngtimers - honoring original cars from the 60s, 70s and 80s

Youngtimers are a big movement in Europe (where I come from originally) right now. People in their 20s and 30s buy these old cars from some pensioners that kept them like babies. Many of these cars were sooo uncool when we were kids (or we could not afford them) - now they only cost 2000 or 3000 € and have kind of a cult following.

Imagine our kids start buying Camrys, Impalas, Accords, Explorers, Tahoes and Sonatas in 20 years and find it way cool to decorate them with Winnie the Pooh sun protectors from today, browse ebay for CDs from Celine Dion or Kelly Clarkson that they can use in these old stock CD radios. I know people who only listen to tapes from the 80s in their 80s cars ;-)

And yet, it's not that snobby "oldtimer" ('real' classic) crowd with their vintage cars that are worth 10s and 100s of thousands. If your youngtimer breaks - get another one. It's only a few thousand bucks - not a big loss. Dirt or daily wear and tear are acceptable and desired. We don't want to worship the car - we want to honor it by still using it. That's the spirit I enjoy so much. And that's why I started this blog.

I am looking to get in touch with people who share this passion for these cars. They should just love those 15-30 year old cars from the 70s, 80s and 90s and make a point of driving and maintaining these vehicles in their original condition (no tuning, except if it is from the time).

All makes & models are welcome - this is not an elitist hobby. If you are purposefully driving a BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chevy, Buick, Volvo, Volkswagen, Mazda or any other brand - a Golf, Jetta, 320i, 325e, an SL, SEL, Cressida, Corolla, Civic or any other model from the 60, 70s, 80s and early 90s ... drop me a line and check back often.