First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for your advice regarding potential vehicle choices for the USA road trip we’re planning. There were some excellent thoughts there and I’m pondering the vast majority of them (all except Eggs’ offer of money to turn up in Tennessee in a Cadillac!).
Those of you who know me, even just a little, know that I’m very open to some car shopping. In fact, I’m beginning to worry about just how much I’m enjoying this. Is the whole trip just an excuse to buy a car in another part of the world? Honest answer – No, it’s not, but it’s part of the fun, for sure. This trip is all about seeing the United States and catching up with friends there.
But there is planning to be done and part of that includes what we’ll drive. I was hoping to once again tap into the collective wisdom of the experienced.
We will most likely buy a car rather than rent. Renting has its advantages but at the end of the day, what we drive will be a big part of the experience and I want freedom of choice in that. It involves some up-front costs and the potential for being stuck somewhere for repairs, but if we choose wisely and all goes well, we should do OK in terms of finances and much better in terms of experience.
To my current thought dilemma…..
There is a certain romance in doing a trip like this, a great American road trip, in a classic American car. That is, in an old car. Maybe even up to 50 years old.
What I’m wondering is whether or not anyone has done a journey of this distance in a car that old in recent times? Are our respective rear-ends going to be able to handle six weeks in 1960’s style seating? I’ve got faith in the engines of the time to make the distance OK. One of the cars I’m thinking of will most likely have received a newer engine, anyway, an upgrade to a bigger powerplant that fits in the same engine bay (a Ford 289 or 302).
Is Mrs Swade going to get absolutely sick-to-death of the exhaust note (again, for six weeks?)
The other option – and the one I’m favouring as I write this – is to go with a more modern car. Still something that’ll make the trip memorable, but with greater comfort and amenity as well as a more efficient and powerful engine and less miles under its belt. Something that’s much cheaper to buy in America than it is in Australia, too. Possibly non-American. Say between 10 and 25 years old.
So, old or not-so-old?
At some risk of duplicating what I asked the other day….. what sort of cars have you actually used on a trip such as this? Would you recommend that vehicle both as a practical choice, but perhaps more importantly in terms of it having the character to be an important part of a memorable life-event?