- Source: MotorTrend

Cars of the Past are Re-Emerging in Canada's National Capital Region.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Forced Various Vehicles From the 70s, 80s, and 90s Out of Retirement and Back Onto the Roads of Canada's Capital City.

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As a resident of Canada's capital city, the diverseness of automobiles is rather limited and you would only expect to see newer ordinary vehicles. There is the odd Ferrari or Lamborghini or some other higher-end vehicle that would in many terms be seen as a unique spotting. However, something that has become more and more prevalent on the roads is older vehicles since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It may seem as common to some but for the city, I reside in, you used to only see once and a while on a summer weekend someone in an old 1960s or 1970s sedan. Now, all kinds of vehicles and trucks are reemerging, spanning from the 1970s to the 1990s. Vehicles like a 1977 Chevrolet C/K 2500, which I see every morning on my way to work. Or even a 1993 Buick Roadmaster. I have even spotted a 1983 Chrylser New Yorker 5FTH Avenue.

Now, some may say that it is just older classics that are being driven because of the emergence of nicer weather, however, it is not just older classics from the 1970s to the 1990s. It is fair to say that no one would argue that a 1988 Ford Tempo is iconic or a classic. It was just a sedan of the late 1980s that offered an all-wheel drivetrain. Yet, I have seen one on the road.

1988 Ford Tempo AWD.

1988 Ford Tempo AWD.

The local scrap yards are even starting to fill up with older 1980s and 1990s sedans and trucks. That is something that I have not seen in over 15 years. Yet, if I needed parts for a 1991 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight or a 1986 Dodge 600 Turbo, I could go and get parts from one right now.

What is forcing these vehicles out of retirement is unknown. Possibly the pandemic and people having to work from home but it is still unknown. These vehicles, which have not been in production for over 20 years and, quite frankly, ceased existence on public roads in the masses in the mid-2000s, are making a strong comeback.

It makes me wonder what is to come in the future if this new trend decides to continue. Especially with automotive manufacturers and governments trying to push us towards net-zero carbon emissions by a set date of 2050. While I'm all for helping ease climate change and save the planet. I quite like this new trend as it reminds me of what the roads were like as a child. Most of the vehicles were unreliable, slow and terrible on fuel, but they are highly self-defining and quite honestly special in their own ranks.

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Comments (7)

  • We’re getting older and earning more to be able to get some of the still affordable classics

      1 month ago
  • Better than the bs ev trend

      1 month ago
    • For me it is the opposite of the EV trend. I want to see more of these simple, uncluttered '90s cars and won't be able to stand seeing soulless EVs dominating the road.

        1 month ago
  • I live in Nova Scotia, before the pandemic I rarely saw cool cars... now I have seen so many like a 308 GTS at my school, it sounded amazing in person.

      1 month ago
  • I suspect it's just timing with the age of the vehicle and the economic recession. People who had them sitting around are selling them (or fixing them in their free time) and young people are buying the cheapest cars (of which there is a glut at the moment, but owners of ~10 year old vehicles largely aren't depreciating their asking prices from 6 years ago).

      30 days ago
  • Well in the UK I know during the lockdown, when people had reason to go out, they would probably take the nice car if they could. Now though, it is just back to the curse of the crossover. I drive an 80s classic daily and feel it is better than a modern, as it does all the things a modern can, but with added character and pleasure

      30 days ago