Which Mundane Classic Do You Wish Was Still Around?
It’s survival of the fittest, even with classic cars: the most desirable vehicles find a way to stay on this earth, while the others are beaten, cut, and used up. Porsche can say that an incredible 2/3 of all the vehicles it has built are still on the road, but that’s as much great engineering as its owners’ desire to keep their Porsches going. Alfa Romeo Arnas? Not so much.
That’s impressive, of course, but it also means that scores of other, less desirable cars are cast aside. People get disinterested, they move “up” to a different car, they get out of cars altogether—when an Isuzu VehiCROSS enthusiast retires, where does his fleet go? Or, how many older ’80s–’90s Honda Civics disappear before we remember that, “Hey, those were cheap, pretty, fun little cars!”
When you visit Monterey or Le Mans or your local swap meet, what vehicle do you wish was there? For me, it’d have to be a mid-’70s Citroën GS, which was basically all of the good bits from the higher-end models in a family-friendly, cheap to run package. Recently, a friend let me take his CX Wagon around the block, and though it’s a bit large for my tastes, I very nearly made a run for the border. As a former 2CV owner, I’m a bit worried that a GS might be my “Goldilocks” classic from the range, but they’re thankfully not plentiful in North America.
Still, would be nice to see one. Which mundane classic do you wish you could see?