As a millennial in my 20's, this is absolutely the truth. My options for entry-level classic cars were either the least popular underpowered rust buckets or paying 1-2 entire year's rent for something that would still be a fixer-upper. The worst off is that I am 6'5 so the usual listing of spitfires, triumphs, and MG's are completely undrivable. The other aspect of this is that my price point demanded buying something which requires a decade of experience to make operational in any reasonable timeline. Gone are the days you could buy a reliable (albeit slow and boring) project car to cut your teeth on. I bought a 1959 Land Rover series because I got lucky and found one for cheap but it couldn't pull out of my parent's driveway (Even with a STEM degree/job I cannot afford a place with parking in my city) for nearly two years. Now that I've finally gotten over that hump, it'll still be years before I can get it to a place where it wouldn't look out of place in a junkyard. None of my peers share the nostalgia for old cars because none of the movies they watched growing up had them. Most have never sat in a car older than them. I got lucky as a kid pirating dumb old movies that happened to have a disproportionate number of land rovers exploring the world but I am not sure I would have had the endurance to see the project through otherwise.
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My 1960 Land Rover Series II 88" Deluxe Station Wagon is one of very few North American Market Land Rovers purchased by the Canadian Federal Government as a workhorse to tackle the wilds of Western Canada. It has spent nearly all of the last 60 years being battered, bruised, and dented on almost every available surface of the original Birmabright aluminum alloy. There is very little evidence of the original smooth bodywork or mid-grey paint on the outer panels. Several years ago I came across this truck parked in a field and inevitably fell in love, so I purchased it from the nearest landowner and began a slow rebuild as I cut my teeth as a first-time classic car owner and restorer. Although it is missing the original interior insulation, it has still miraculously retained all the rare Canadian dealer options such as the Koenig crank-driven winch with cab controls, Canadian-built Kodiak II heater (currently removed for restoration), throttle hand control, tropical double roof and a deluxe hood with wheel, all of which are utilized regularly as this truck keeps up its legacy as an unkillable workhorse exploring Western Canada.
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