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7 Reasons Classic Cars Are Better Than Modern Cars

7 Reasons Classic Cars Are Better Than Modern Cars - Just Car Guy Things

The ying always has it’s yang, so it is with classic cars and modern cars. I like both modern and classic cars, both have great things to offer. To those who hate old cars, here is the case for why classic cars are the bee’s knees.

ONE Simplicity.

Classic cars are simple, most of them aren’t needlessly complicated like most modern cars. Some modern cars have dozens of buttons that confuse and bewilder, but not classic cars. They’re easy to work on, there’s room for activities and no computers and complicated wiring to play with. Because of this, classic cars make great project cars so you can get under the hood and start tinkering.

BMW 2002 Engine Bay
BMW 2002 Engine Bay

TWO Classic cars are usually lighter and smaller than modern cars.

Many cars have grown quite a lot over the years. Since it’s inception, the Mini has nearly doubled in weight, the VW Golf has grown by about 500mm in length and the Porsche 911 has gotten about 100 mm wider. It is a widely accepted fact that lighter sports cars are better sports cars. If that’s the case, then maybe classic sports cars aren’t so bad after all.

Guess which car is the classic car?
Guess which car is the classic car?

THREE No driving aids.

No, I’m not talking about the STD, I’m talking about things like traction control, stability control and anti lock brakes. Granted, these are helpful to n00b drivers, but car guys aren’t n00b drivers (most of the time). These driver aids get in the way of fully enjoying your car. We don’t want the car telling us how to drive, if we want to drift, do handbrake turns and do burnouts, we shouldn’t be held back. We want complete control of the car, even if it kills us. Besides, there are no airbags here, we die like men.

No driver aids for THIS bad boy, the Rotsun
No driver aids for THIS bad boy, the Rotsun

FOUR Classic cars can make you a better driver

Because there are no driver aids in classic cars, you are forced in a way to become a better driver or crash. You need to learn threshold braking, throttle control and how to correct understeer and oversteer. This is all because there are no drivers aids in classic cars to save your rear if you mess up. It’s just you and the car, with each entity requiring respect from the other.

7 Reasons Classic Cars Are Better Than Modern Cars - Just Car Guy Things

FIVE Classic cars are cool and they get attention.

Say you’re at a car meet and two cars show up at the same time and park next to each other. One is a brand new Chevy Corvette and the other one is a a 1965 Chevy Corvette that’s been beautifully restored. Which one do you think will get more attention? 9 times out of 10, the classic Corvette will have more people crowding around it. There’s just something about classic cars that’s just inherently awesome.

7 Reasons Classic Cars Are Better Than Modern Cars - Just Car Guy Things

SIX An unfiltered driving experience.

Modern cars tend to isolate the driver from the driving experience with sound insulation, vague and numb steering, and un involving driving dynamics. Classic cars are #nofilter, you have no power steering, brakes or clutch, little to no sound insulation and no electronic nannies. The smell of burned hydrocarbons is a sensation enjoyed by car enthusiasts a plenty. Driving a classic car is the purest form of driving, an activity that all car guys crave and love doing, it’s what makes each and every one of us a petrolhead.

7 Reasons Classic Cars Are Better Than Modern Cars - Just Car Guy Things