People have been driving automobiles since the twentieth century. The world has watched cars evolve from man-made machines to becoming machine made. Automobiles are now faster, cheaper, and more economical than they have ever been. With each year, automobiles rapidly improve and we find ourselves intrigued by safety features and touchscreen radios. However, when we see an antique automobile drive down the road, we turn our head to stare.
Antique automobiles manage to turn heads for several reasons. The shapes of old automobiles are atheistically pleasing to us, their sharp edges and curved lines are refreshing. When antique automobiles were being designed, they were sketched by hand. Computer software did not determine the shape of antique automobiles, people did. Automobiles now are designed to be safe and secure which is a great advantage to modern technology but they lack character. However, because of that, many current cars have a similar shape and appearance and few of them stand out.
Cars are now mass produced using computers, machines, and robots to meet efficiency and safety standards. Factories have specific standards that need to be met on every automobile. Automobiles have an electronic focus such as electronic steering and an electronic clutch. Automobiles used to be created manually to some extent, with tools and human hands. Antique automobiles were often made with thousands of individual parts made to function as a unit. Many people loved driving antique automobiles because they are able to work on the engines and customize them to their preferences. They could step on the gas pedal and feel a rumble beneath their foot.
Antique automobiles also have stories. People can talk about where they came from, where they’ve been, and how old they are. They can tell you if they pride themselves on the fact that they preserved the original color. Antique automobiles are filled with memories of first dates and family vacations, making them nostalgic for many people. If you purchase an antique automobile, it can be a bit of a gamble. You don’t necessarily know how much refinishing and refurbishing you’ll have to do but it’s a game that many people love to play.
Owning an antique automobile is an investment that many automobile enthusiasts find well worth it. Do you own any antique automobiles? Does your antique automobile have a story? We would love to hear it. Share it with PermaPlate in the comments below.