I once met a young couple sitting in lawn chairs behind their perfect 67 289 black on black Mustang fastback. I went to compliment them on their trophy car. I was surprised to get a disappointed whine first from the wife then also from the husband. "We thought we wanted this perfect Mustang, but found out it was too perfect, so we can't drive it, and all we do is sit in these d***ed lawn chairs every Sunday and listen to how perfect our car is." Since then, whenever I meet an enthusiast with a nice toy, one of my first questions is always "How do you use your car?" The answers are often muddled. When I saw this article, I wondered if anyone would offer the tip that I always give to anyone contemplating a purchase. As has already been described in the article and the subsequent comments, there are a lot of variables to be considered when purchasing a hobby vehicle, skills, costs, time, original, resto-mod, performance, safety, etc. The way I see it is that someone new to the auto enthusiast world is likely to jump into the hobby by focusing on just a few of these variables, and end up in a place where he/she didn't intend to go. I like to advise people to first of all figure out what you will want to spend your time doing with your vehicle after you have completed all the work and expenses. There are a wide variety of options and you can't do them all well with just one hobby vehicle, so figure out what you want to spend your future Sundays doing before you decide on what to buy.
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