Some of the classic cars should be getting close to being able to be classified as antiques, I do believe. Isn’t it after 50 years it can be labeled an antique?
A Crossfire…as a first car? If you could get one for $5000, the rest of your budget would pay for the insurance for a year or two, at best.
As a former owner of a classic car(65 Chevelle) I can attest to how good they look. I loved the look, the sound of the exhaust, the comfort of the seats. But the thing was a dog in terms of performance; my Civic was quicker than it was.
People say “They don’t make 'em like they used to.” and to that I say “Thank God for that.” “You can work on those cars. oday’s ars you can’t even get into.” "Cars back then NEEDED be worked on to keep them running right."
I enjoy knowing my steering column will collapse and spit out an airbag in my face during a wreck. I enjoy the shoulder belt that’ll keep me nice and snug against the seat and the head restraint that’ll prevent me from getting whiplash.
The crumple zones that’ll keep the engine from being smashed into my shins.
The fact that I won’t have to change the spark plugs every 10~12k miles.
The reservoir that holds my antifreeze and prevents it from dripping onto the ground. The Chevelle didn’t have a place to hold the antifreeze, just a little tube that ran down te radiator and let the stuff drip onto the ground; you had to fill the radiator directly to get antifreeze in there.
The traction control that helps keep me on the road or makes sure I stop well enough in snow to prevents me rear ending someone.
The fact that I don’t have to adjust the carb to keep the air/fuel mixture just right to keep it running smooth.
Nope, a classic car is good for a hobby, not a daily driver.
Also, this is your first car, if you’re worried about flash and style, get over yourself. Get a practical car first THEN worry about the rest later. If you worry about the image you’re project to others, you’ll constantly be “keeping up with the Jones’” as it were; You buy a nice car and a few months later the neighbors, or one of your buddies, buys a nice® car, so you want to get a new car to show off to them again. Buy some nice clothes or something if you’re worried about style.