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Generation Gap?

The young people of today don’t seem to have the same love of cars that those of us who grew up in the ’50s and ’60s had.  I say this from experience.  Sitting in my car building is a pretty nice ’57 Buick Century sedan that runs pretty much like a clock and needs only as touch of body work and paint to be a showpiece.  My son found an ad for the Buick five years ago.  I had told him to find a car that I could buy for us to work on together. Then, when the car was fixed, he could buy it from me for the original price we paid for it.  All the parts and labor would be free.  So we fixed the car up and I waited for him to buy it.  I’m still waiting.

My son grew up going to car shows and reading about cars.  He knows a lot about their history.  Since he was six or seven, he always imprtessed family and friends with his knowledge of cars.  He visits lots of car websites.  He even tells me some of the latest car news.  But strangely, he just doesn’t find the idea of owning a nice ’57 Buick to be enough motivation to buy the car from me (for about half what we have in it).

So I have to say that I think there’s a generation gap in the hobby.  What do you say? Hit the “comments” link below and let me know what you think on the topic.   

13 thoughts on “Generation Gap?

  1. Matt

    If I call you "dad" and promise to hit you up for money every now will you let me buy the car for the original price you paid for it?

    Just kidding. Actually some of my fondest "teen" memories are tinkering on my car with my dad. It seems like only yesterday that he lovingly put his arm around my shoulder and imparted his wisdom upon me…

    ""The carburator seems to be carburating…"
    "The alternator seems to be alternating…"
    "The pumps seem to be pumping…"
    "And the pistons…," he would say with a sly grin.
    "Why they seem to be working just fine!"

    Of course, in the very next breath he reminded me that I had better get off my duff and go find a job if I ever wanted to get my car out of the driveway.

    While I’m sure some of today’s young auto enthuiasist prefer the likes of "Pimp My Ride" and "Street Tuner Challenge" I have to believe that somewhere out there in this great big world there are still a few "kids" who appreciate the beauty of a ’57 Buick. And who knows, maybe before you know it your very own son will take you up on your generous offer…If not…can I still borrow a few bucks…dad?

  2. Matt

    If I call you "dad" and promise to hit you up for money every now will you let me buy the car for the original price you paid for it?

    Just kidding. Actually some of my fondest "teen" memories are tinkering on my car with my dad. It seems like only yesterday that he lovingly put his arm around my shoulder and imparted his wisdom upon me…

    ""The carburator seems to be carburating…"
    "The alternator seems to be alternating…"
    "The pumps seem to be pumping…"
    "And the pistons…," he would say with a sly grin.
    "Why they seem to be working just fine!"

    Of course, in the very next breath he reminded me that I had better get off my duff and go find a job if I ever wanted to get my car out of the driveway.

    While I’m sure some of today’s young auto enthuiasist prefer the likes of "Pimp My Ride" and "Street Tuner Challenge" I have to believe that somewhere out there in this great big world there are still a few "kids" who appreciate the beauty of a ’57 Buick. And who knows, maybe before you know it your very own son will take you up on your generous offer…If not…can I still borrow a few bucks…dad?

  3. Gunner

    I’ll admit that I have this desire to give cars away to members of my family. Maybe I see that as one way to fight the "generation gap," although it hasn’t worked so far. I started out giving some of my own kids beaters. Then, when the first of my eight grandkids reached driving age, I fixed up twin Sunbird convertibles for my twin granddaughters (and, yes, people I work with did ask if they could be my grandkids). Then the ’57 Buick Century came along. I did try to sell the car twice. The first time I put it on eBay (and got a lot of "bottom feeders." Then, I put it in the car corral at the Iola Old Car Show. Finally, I decided not to sell it. I bought it to turn over to my son and I’ll hold out until the day comes.

  4. Gunner

    I’ll admit that I have this desire to give cars away to members of my family. Maybe I see that as one way to fight the "generation gap," although it hasn’t worked so far. I started out giving some of my own kids beaters. Then, when the first of my eight grandkids reached driving age, I fixed up twin Sunbird convertibles for my twin granddaughters (and, yes, people I work with did ask if they could be my grandkids). Then the ’57 Buick Century came along. I did try to sell the car twice. The first time I put it on eBay (and got a lot of "bottom feeders." Then, I put it in the car corral at the Iola Old Car Show. Finally, I decided not to sell it. I bought it to turn over to my son and I’ll hold out until the day comes.

  5. Pam

    My guess is that if your father wanted you to buy a Model T, you would have rather had something else and he’d swear you didn’t like classic cars, too. Perhaps if it was a 60’s or early 70’s muscle car your son would have jumped at it.

  6. Pam

    My guess is that if your father wanted you to buy a Model T, you would have rather had something else and he’d swear you didn’t like classic cars, too. Perhaps if it was a 60’s or early 70’s muscle car your son would have jumped at it.

  7. Gunner

    Pam

    I think that would be true in most cases, but my son actually likes older cars and he likes full-size cars, rather than compact or mid-size cars. He also has an ’80s Caprice police car that he blew the tranny up on and hasn’t made an effort to fix it. Cars just aren’t his first priority like they were for my generation.

    Gunner

  8. Gunner

    Pam

    I think that would be true in most cases, but my son actually likes older cars and he likes full-size cars, rather than compact or mid-size cars. He also has an ’80s Caprice police car that he blew the tranny up on and hasn’t made an effort to fix it. Cars just aren’t his first priority like they were for my generation.

    Gunner

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