I’m a twenty-something-year-old guy who enjoys classic cars, anything from Model Ts to muscle cars. I’ve always been under the impression that part of the mystique of classic cars was nostalgia people have/had for their first car, or maybe the family car they remember riding in for so many years as a kid. However, I have no particular affinity for the cars I had growing up-- I learned to drive on a '88 Cutlass Ciera, and while in hindsight it was a nice car I never want to own one myself or have any aspirations of restoring one. I found it very bland with an unappealing exterior and nothing that made it standout from the crowd.
Now that these cars-- which include Vegas, Pintos, Mustang IIs, K-cars, Omnis-- are nearing the age where they are considered “collectible” or “classic”… will they ever really be regarded with the same esteem as, say, a 1965 Mustang, or a 40s chevy coupe? Will Hemmings Classic Car ever do a covery story on a Chevy Citation? For my money I’d rather have a pre-1970s car if I was in the market for a “classic”.
I realize they’re might be some exceptions to this rule, like DeLoreans or Camaros/Firebirds that have some measure of cult status among enthusiasts. I learned to drive stick on a beater '83 280ZX, and I would buy one in a second… but I would still take an earlier 70s model 240/260Z instead.
So what do you think? Will these cars ever be true “classics”?