What does it mean to own a classic car today? What does it mean to drive something that hasn’t been seen on the streets for decades, something only our parents would recognize? Well we can tell you that it means a lot to us.
That reason alone might be why the classics of the ’70s are here to stay despite the fact that modern car technology has only proven how far behind the ’70s classics are when compared to their modern counterparts; the following of this culture continues to grow as more people find their footing in this ever-changing auto-world.
Classic cars have a distinct look that sets them apart from their modern fellows and with their added rarity, these '70s classics are becoming more difficult to come by.
You might be wondering if this is the right time, or if you're the right person to own a classic muscle car of the ‘70s. Well, we’ve set up 15 reasons you should buy a '70s muscle car today so you can easily make that leap into the classic turfs of the ’70s.
15. It’s A Worthy Restoration Project
Some cars of the ‘70s car might take a heavy toll on your pockets as you try to get them restored, something like the Superbird. A good number of the ‘70s muscle cars can generally be restored to their full glory with just a few thousand dollars spent.
The process might take a little time, but considering the fact that muscle cars are barely in existence, your restoration would definitely be worth it.
14. It Shows Great Taste
Picture driving along the street with a modern car. You might get a few looks, maybe for the paint job or the sound of the engine, but all that would be trivial when compared to the attention a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 would draw your way.
Now you know the reason why many celebrities collect classics muscle cars from the '70s, as they want to stand out from the crowd. You should too.
Buying a '70s muscle car grants us the rare opportunity of reliving our past, of experiencing life the way we first did. For some, it was trying to recreate the feeling of driving their first car, to others, it was the fact that their parents had taken them in countless rides in that exact brand. But for what it’s worth, the classic cars of the '70s allowed us such closure.
12. The Looks Are Impressive
You could argue that the sports cars of today have got all the curves and sweeps and the muscle cars of the ‘70s are too boxy. But despite being boxy, the muscle cars came with a redefining beauty too.
Consider the Dodge Hellcat Wide-body, one of the best looking '70s car and you’ll know that muscle cars weren’t always about the engine, they were also visually appealing.
11. Fulfill Your Speed Dream
Shows like The Rockford Files or the Fast and Furious movies create a yearning to recreate the perfect drive we saw. Purchasing a classic car will help you fulfill this dream. For all we know, maybe you too could perform the handbrake turn or maybe even hit a perfect drift. But always remember to try all your endeavours on the tracks.
10. They’re A Great Investment
Buying a classic car now allows you to resell at a later date and make lots of profit. You might doubt how possible that is but if you’ll just consider the auction of the ‘70s Superbird that saw the car sold for more than a million dollars, then you’ll understand why classics of the ’70s are a great investment. Collectors are more willing to pay a great price for a classic muscle car. It would help if you restored the vehicle before calling an auction.
9. The Sweet Thrill Of Manual Maintenance
One thing that really separates modern sports cars from the classic muscle cars of the ’70s is that the maintenance is an art of its own and can be taken to great length. Drivers of classic cars can manually maintain and optimize their vehicle without needing the help of a professional mechanic. You could change your oil, increase the engine power, or even adjust the transmission manually, no hassle.
8. The Drive Is Unique
Let's take a moment to emphasize that the muscle cars of the ‘70s drive completely differently from their modern fellows and this is owed to the fact that the cars of the ’70s made use of manual transmission and the driver was in control of everything related to driving. There was and still is no provision for parking assist or automatic transmission. We tried it a while back and it was awesome.
7. They're Cheaper
While a Bugatti might see you spending millions and a Lamborghini Aventador or a Porsche might leave your pockets short of millions too, the muscle cars of the '70s only cost about a fraction of that, falling below a cost margin of $100,000. Still, they offer great performance at a reduced cost.
6. They're Easily Customized
It has always been easier to customize a classic car, all the way from the engine to the tires, the seats, the climate control system and even the infotainment. The muscle cars of the ’70s have always served as one of the best avenues for drivers to show their uniqueness. So go ahead and give it a try, we know you’ll do a great job customizing that Mustang II (King Cobra) of yours.
5. The Simplicity Makes It Easier To Maintain
The cars of the ’70s were designed in such a way that just about anyone could handle or manage them, minimizing the number of people that ended up at the auto shop greatly due to the absence of sensors, computer chips, and complicated wiring. So if you want something that wouldn’t come with a dictionary-sized manual, the ’70s are your best bet.
4. Group Support
Still bothered you’re not a mechanic and would probably do a bad job restoring your ‘70s muscle car? Then you should consider joining one of the many classic car clubs. They're scattered everywhere and would provide all the help you'll need with your classic muscle car. Certainly, you’ll make a few more friends who love the same cars you do.
3. The Classic Culture Is Getting Stronger
With exclusive events like the classic road trips, historic racing, classic rallies, and the most desired classic car shows, those who own a few classic cars can exhibit their work to the ready eyes of the public and by doing so get to show their unique taste in cars. Ralph Lauren is someone we’ve really come to respect when it comes to collecting and displaying classics.
2. They’re For Life
If you own a regular modern car, then you must've considered selling it after it crossed the 5-year line. Some people have even sold their cars after owning it for just six months. But the same isn’t true for the classic muscle cars of the ’70s because anyone who finds it has found something they can keep for life without fear that it'll run out of date. It's now accepted that the older a classic car, the better.
1. Own Something Rare
It's impossible to get a brand new, factory-made Plymouth's roadrunner or a 1963 Corvette Mako Shark. These cars have very high value because they're all rare and impossible to come by today except when someone sells theirs away. Owning a '70s muscle car is an opportunity to own something that very few people have.