My Uncle Fred’s Fords
I was having a really interesting conversation the other day with my uncle Fred, which got me thinking about the way in which people perceive different vehicles today and which sort of cars are popular with young people.
My uncle Fred is 59 now and has been passionate about cars since his early twenties. He owns three vintage Ford models and was telling me about how young people don’t appreciate classics anymore. In a way I had to agree with him – a lot of young people wouldn’t consider driving a car much older than 5 years, 10 at a push, and certainly not a model from the 70s or 80s. There is little thought taken to decide between a used Ford Fiesta and a used Ford Escort these days. In some ways there are many good reasons for this, but it got me thinking and I did a little research into the cars he owns.
The Ford Cortina was introduced way back in 1962. My uncle owns a Ford Cortina Crusader mk5. In fairness I think the Cortina does have a vintage look, but it just isn’t a car you would ever expect someone in their twenties to be driving – mainly because production ceased in 1982 before they were born! I did however see a used Ford Cortina online priced at £20,000 so they clearly appeal to some people!
The Escort made its debut a little later than the Cortina, in 1968. It was actually on sale for 34 years with production only ceasing 12 years ago in 2002. Even taking this into account and the fact that the Escort is one of the best-selling vehicles of all time, I still can’t remember the last time I saw one on the road.
My uncle’s other car is a used Ford Capri. The Capri was actually produced in three different stages: from 1961 – 1964, 1969 – 1986 and 1989 – 1994. Personally I don’t think it looks like as much of a classic as the Escort or the Cortina, but used models are still selling for over £10,000 so I suppose it is all a matter of opinion.
What I think I’ve realised is that young people will almost never choose a vehicle for its classic looks when so much technology is on offer in modern cars.