Gas-Sipping Classics

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During last weekend's Iola Old Car Show there were lots of complaints about national gas prices going up 25-cents to 40-cents a gallon immediately before the show. At the same time the show drew more small, fuel efficient vintage cars than I've ever seen up here before. There were 45 classic imports in our second-year "International Alley" display. Also scattered about the grounds were a few additional sports cars, a Volvo and a little red Fiat that showed up from time to time. And about 10 Nash Metropolitans also showed up. Overall I would say there were 75-100 gas-sipping collector cars on the grounds in the car show, auction, swap meet and car corral. That's more than ever before and I personally think it's the start of a trend I have talked about before. As gas startes hitting $4, $5 and $6 a gallon, more and more people are going to start driving vintage cars that get top fuel economy. And I think that wise hobbyists are going to start shaping their collections in line with the new trend. Those who pay attention are going to be able to do the buy-low/sell-high thing. Others are going to wind up paying more for gas sippers later on.

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