Odd post…about new classics i think?
I’m not sure what to say here… I want to convey a point or write my “manifesto” about what I think the new classics are, from my point of view, that’s the only view point I have. But that view point is always changing.
When I was 8 and i got my first car magazine and the only cars I could care about were lambos, ferraris, and porsches, but those cars rarely interest me anymore. I’ve grown to find that cars that aren’t available to the “everyman” are somewhat insulting, I don’t like being told what i can and can’t have. Over time I grew to love the cars that allowed you creative freedom and that aspired to give performance to the everyman, or just aspired to be trusted transportation. These are the cars that ask for very little but give and give. This is why I understand peoples love for the american pickup, take for example the older chevy pickups, they were cheap to buy even when new, the steering was always very vague, the glove box always rattled, and nothing was ever quite right…. but it always worked, the parts were always cheap, and when it came down to it it just never really wanted to die and there are still millions on the road. it’s some type of relentless desire to serve without asking for anything in return that makes certain things so endearing. we should seeks such qualities in people.
I can’t see this in new cars, just like the old timers couldn’t see it in the cars of the late 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, hopefully my mind will open up.
I also feel i need to write more in my posts, this is my outlet after all. I usually just let the pics do all the talking, but there is more to me, more to my passion for cars, and more to this blog then just someone else’s pics. So I will try to write more in the posts, but when I’m busy it’s better to give you all a quick something then wait a week with nothing new.
So….the new classics….I have a sort of criteria, which often fails itself mind you, about what qualifies as New classic to me. I should also define classic vs. new classic.
Pre 1978 kinda equals a classic to me. the nissan gc10 skyline, the datsun 510, nissan 240/260/280z, the toyota te27/te37, ta22 celica. on the german side, it’s bmw 2002’s barvaria’s, mercedes before the w123 chassis…. that kinda stuff.
New classics to me are pretty much all within the 1980 to 1988 range, the mercedes w123 chassis, bmw e20 and early e30’s, the corolla te72, ra65 celica’s, ma65 supra’s, the vw golf/jetta mk1 and early mk2
But of course these kind of things are nearly impossible to define and heavily subject to opinion.
I’m just going to show you one just one car that fits the bill here and isn’t a common build.
RA65 celica on 15×9-20 centerlines
I think this car could go wider with more front camber and a slight trim of the front flares the rear has space already.
I love these interiors, and the awesome super adjustable bucket seats, true bucket seats, the kind where you feel like your sitting in a hole, your butt’s low and you legs are held high and you don’t have to hold your own legs up and brace your self for the hard corners, all you have to do is press the right pedals, flick the right leaver, and spin the wheel.
these are simple purposeful and well built interiors.
I should note that I hate the 22re motor that came in these cars…. but who cares