- I still haven't finished this thing. This is a photo before the paint came off; in 2013...

Does 0-60 Matter?

Speed isn't everything; I can't believe I just wrote that...

1y ago

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As a petrolhead and speed-freak, my usual view of a car's potential interest is down to the good old notion of pure power. I like a car that will knock you back into the seat and scare any unsuspecting passengers as you gun it down a country road, I mean, who doesn't like that? As I scour through adverts to find the right daily car, my check list is usually: power, looks and price - in that order. When it comes to my classic obsession, though, that order is changed dramatically. The most important point here is that power is taken completely out of the equation. Put simply, I wouldn't buy a modern car unless it had a half decent lump under the bonnet producing a decent amount of lovely horses but, in the same breath, I think nothing of getting hold of a 50 year old car with 34 tired horsepowers and 0-60 times that are more in the realms of scary stories than a readable time.

The interior before the strip down.

The interior before the strip down.

Just look at the interior of my Mk1 Mini in comparison to that of my modern MPS. Sure, the modern car is equipped to high heaven with all manner of snazzy gadgets such as steering-wheel-mounted controls, heated seats and Bose stereo but, in my mind, there's too much going on. It's also made from a material that I really can't abide - tacky plastics galore...

Plastic. Everywhere.

Plastic. Everywhere.

An Engine... that I can work on?

Another thing that grinds my proverbial gears is vehicle maintenance. What happens to you if your modern car goes wrong? You have to fork out to take it to a garage where you'll often be greeted by someone who wants to make as much money as possible from you, purely because they know that your car can only be fixed by plugging it in to a machine that no-one really owns at home. My Mazda goes wrong, it's time to call the AA because there's not a great deal I can put right at the roadside. My Mini or my Dolomite go wrong on the other hand, I can pretty much change the entire engine in a country road lay-by...

A good old 1965 A-Series!

A good old 1965 A-Series!

I really don't mind getting my hands dirty if the occasion calls for it; I'd rather fix my own car than admit defeat and let someone else do it. The trouble is, I can't do that with anything designed in modern times and that is one of the most saddening things this world will ever have to endure. It honestly upsets me...

What I prefer

What I'm trying to say here is that I genuinely prefer to sit in an low powered car with gorgeous looks, decent materials and characterful interior than be in an over-filled plastic box packed with monotonous pretentiousness. I mean, I don't really need heated seats, several scattered 12v outlets and keyless start; all I need is the emotions that only old cars can convey. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Are modern cars becoming less and less characterful? Thanks for reading!

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Comments (60)

  • I agree completely. My father has an E-TYPE Jag that only had 265hp or so when it was new in 1966. Now, it probably has even less! But, it is the most beautiful car....in the world!xD. So, I'd much rather go slow-ish in that magnificent beast in the slow lane on the A303 than fast-ish in a modern box of plastic in the fast lane. Thanks for posting!

      1 year ago
    • That wasn't a bad power figure for the 60s! In fact, that was pretty amazing back then! I love E-Types, they're such gorgeous things. :)

        1 year ago
    • Yep! Most average cars these days barely have that much hp!

        1 year ago
  • I am of the elder generation! I learned to drive in a model A my grandpa's car! I am from the generation that was raised with 55 mph cars and that was a top end speed !LOL, I have a stable or collection if you will of Mustangs various years from 64 1/2 all the way up to 2012! These cars were all bought by me and each was parked, before 100,000 miles on them still ! I never really drove any of them fast! Probably because of how I learned to drive! Which was slow! So ,0 to 60 never really and doesn't matter to me! LMAO!

      1 year ago
  • It depends on what you are using your car for. I'm more interested in acceleration in that 30-70 bracket so that I can overtake on the roads too and from our house. The Maserati is much faster and more capable in this sense than my older Alfa Spider, but the Spider is just as much fun on the roads as its capable enough in this range.

      1 year ago
  • Thrillarious

      1 year ago
  • 0-60 is a pointless measure irrelevant to real motoring, fun is a revvy car with good drivability in the 50 to 80 range, that you can rev and extract fun performance without getting too illegal. Something small and agile.

      1 year ago
    • Can’t agree more with you. Some guys talks about their top speed as they always go from on light to another trying to reach top speed.

        1 year ago
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