It looks like the really old cars (20/30s) have very little lookers, which can be attributed to the passing away of that generation.
It's the same with people. I'm a 1939 model, and I get very few looks except by people my own age.
It was sad to look at all the great US made cars and try to accept the changes that have, and will, overtake the industry.
The changes in automobiles will almost preclude there being an "Old Car Hobby", as one of the main things that is built into today's cars (American AND foreign) is "planned obsolescence".
As an example, I went to work for a Crane Company in 1981 as a public relations director/advertising director/TV producer, and as a result of my first week at work, they sold six $1,000,000.00 cranes. As a result of that, they gave me a brand spanking new Black and Silver 1981 Camaro with everything but T-Tops.
In 1986, it started falling apart.
The plastic started crystalizing. The steering wheel melted, the console cracked, the rear view mirror fell off, and one day I noticed that all the centers of the mag wheels were gone.
Turns out that GM had build 37 month cars and 61 month cars.
If you were getting a three year loan, you got a 37 month car.
If you weregetting a five year loan, you got a 61 month car.
And the plastic in them was formulated to deteriorate apart as soon as the car was paid for.
I happened to get Ms. American in 1986, and gave the Camaro to the daughter of one of the engineers at the factory. She drove it to college for six months and then sold it for salvage because she couldn't pay for the repairs.
I still have Ms. American, and she is in as good a mechanical shape now as when I got her, and is being put back into the some condition trim wise and when she was new.
That just isn't going to happen to the cars that have been built since 1980 because they won't last 45 years.
Last thought. Most of the lookers were getting on in years. Most were younger than I, but age was certainly becoming a factor.
So, final thought, once the folks that treasured cars like ours have passed on, will our cars become forgotten like the 20/30s cars are now?
The nicely kept ones will be viewable in bunches, sheltered in climate controlled rooms, and owned by guys like Jay Leno, and Chip Foose.
And as a final thought, I remember my father telling me that when he was just out of high school, that he was working in a service station in Greybull, Wyoming, and the owner of the station had three Franklins.
The Franklin had an Oakwood frame, and a sleeve valved engine, which means that there was a sleeve that moved up and down with the piston, and it was the sleeve's action to open and close the intake and exhaust ports. The more carbon build up in the engine the better it ran.
Well, one day the owner of the station gave my father the task of taking those three RARE old cars, and running them into the Little Big Horn River just to get rid of them.
You see the same kind of thing today. '64 Galaxies painted with Red and White stripes, w/ White stars on a Blue background mounted on barrels and being towed around a lake by a boat. 60s Galaxies being parted out. "Door Factories" (meaning four-doored cars) being cut up for scrap only because they aren't two-door vehicles. Galaxie frames being used for firewood racks. Demolition Derbies, Figure Eight Racing, and Dare Devil stuff being done with them. It's a shame what gets done to old cars.
That won't happen to today's cars because when today's cars get as old as Ms. American 3.14159, or ME, there won't be anything that they will be able to do but be crushed into a block 4' X 6' X 2' and hauled off to be melted down. .
Will there even be carshows as we know them today?
Probably not, but there'll be Leno/Foose exhibitions, where cars that belonged to Leno and Foose will be famous not for what they were/are, but for who owned them. Oh look!!!
There's Bill Cosby's dual McCullough blown 428 Cobra! Did you know that THAT
car would go from Zero to 100 mph and back to a standstill in the same time that it took a Corvette to get to 90 mph?
Hope you are well.