Jan. 5th, 2010

ferrumaeternum: (ghoulina - sylvia ji)
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I know I'm a bit late on this one, but I can't resist. My dream car is the Nash Metropolitan:



I like both the Series III (1955-1958) and the Series IV (1959-1961). I love how small it is for something from that period, and that it gets amazing gas mileage (almost 40 mpg at 45 mph and nearly 28 mpg at 60 mph). I also like the Third Generation (1957-1958) Cadillac Coupe de Ville and Chevy Impalas from 1958 through the early ‘70s. I’m really into classic Americana, so I absolutely adore vintage cars from that period. I honestly don’t find any of the car designs after the ‘70s to be all that visually appealing.

My mother’s family on the east coast has been interested in cars for a while and has been involved in the repair business. They’ve been very successful because of it and never felt the effects of the Great Depression. My great grandparents owned their own garage just outside Annapolis, Maryland, and bought my grandma a 1949 or 1950 (if my math is correct) Oldsmobile for her sixteenth birthday. What a gorgeous car! My great uncle was an airbrush artist during the ‘70s and painted a lot of murals on the sides of vans. XD Miller’s Garage was sold to a supermarket chain a few years ago, after it was up for sale for years since my great-grandparents died in the early ‘90s. My other great uncle still owns his garage and has built several cars, including a Model T.

My grandpa just bought me a 2008 Chevy Malibu last year, which drives much smoother and accelerates faster and easier than my mom’s 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it takes the heat and air conditioning forever to kick in, and once they do, the car never gets warm or cool enough to really be comfortable. It’s a decent-looking car, but to prove my point, here it is vs. one from 1965:

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I know this video of a crash test of a 2009 Chevy Malibu vs. a 1959 Bel Air came out a few months ago, but it’s not like I’d even want to take a classic car on the freeway and risk anything happening to it. I would also only be able to drive it a few months out of the year, since the winters here are so long and I wouldn’t want road salt anywhere near my baby. If I ever move, it probably wouldn’t be to anywhere warmer, since I hate heat and humidity. XD Luckily, a lot of people around here own vintage cars and you can easily find one for sale under $10,000. I am definitely planning on buying one once I have a stable career.

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