There are many reasons to own a classic. Maybe it’s the nostalgia, or the feeling you get from driving something from a bygone era. Maybe it’s the desire to preserve something that gets rarer every year, or the satisfaction of restoring something that would otherwise be lost to time. Maybe it’s a desire to win trophies at car shows, or just to be different. We’re surprised it’s taken us this long to ask this question, but here goes.
Why do you own a classic car?
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There were many good suggestions that didn’t narrow it down to one make and model, but an entire class of vehicles. streetspirit made the case for electrified mopeds, light motorcycles, and the brilliant Fuji Cabin. crank_case cleverly argued that the previous generation of EVs like the Mitsubishi i-MIEV could be very effective if updated with modern tech. Meanwhile speedie nominated several of Honda’s ingeniously packaged cars like the Wagovan, Element, and City with Motocompo as good candidates. Cheekily, Alan chose any Nissan VQ.
Surprisingly, there was not one, but two votes for the Datsun F-10, from Steve and Mark Newton-John. The funky little FF hatchback certainly looks the part. Other cars that had the EV look included Fred Langille‘s Nissan S-Cargo and f31roger‘s Infiniti M30. In that vein, 555jay chose the futuristic-looking Subaru Alcyone and SVX, and they’re a brilliant choice:
I’ll nominate a duo: Subaru Alcyone/XT/Vortex and its successor Subaru SVX.
Both were “too ahead of their time” back in their respective days, loaded with “quirky” features that were novel until they were broken and too expensive to get fixed. But nostalgia comes back around and I’d love to see them all spruced up with modern tech.
The consensus seems to be that the weak point of the SVX was the 4-spd AT, and while the 6MT swaps are also very cool, maybe twin-motor direct drive would let it achieve its full Grand Touring dreams. The time you save high-speed cruising on the motorway still gets burned explaining the weird windows.
But my personal heavy 80’s nostalgia would love to see the Alcyone’s remarkable (again, at least for it’s time) aerodynamics coupled with modern hi-tech EV drive. I think we could go ahead and call the ‘back seat’ a mulligan and use that space for the batteries, but keep all/most the other 80s trappings like the amber digital dash and the SEGA-style shifter. Too rad!
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