Classic car enthusiasts come from many different molds. It almost seems as if these vehicles can transcend all of the institutions that divide us as humans. Enthusiasts come from anywhere across the globe and with completely diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. There are also many different types of classic car enthusiasts, including spectators, drivers, and restoration specialists. These mixed groups gather in garages, convention centers, and race tracks around the world to celebrate vehicles that time left behind, but were ultimately able to make the longest drive—the drive into the future.
On the shelf of history, classic cars occupy a unique space. Oftentimes, their value is highly related to their scarcity. Their scarcity usually depends on a number of factors, but in some situations it is highly correlated with how much people disregarded the vehicle post-production. In a way, it seems as though the future value of certain vehicles might be greater if people actually didn’t care much for the vehicle when it first hit the streets.
A great example can be seen by looking at certain years of Corvettes and pitting them against Trans Ams, Firebirds, and Camaros. Corvettes represent Chevrolet’s collector-quality vehicle. While Trans Ams represent the collector’s version of the Firebird, neither it, nor the Firebird were in direct competition with the Corvette and were always produced in much greater numbers. The Camaro is one of Chevrolet’s more affordable models and was also produced in much larger quantities than the Corvette. Over time, Corvette owners tended to take very good care of their vehicles because of their collector’s value, while Firebirds and Camaros typically didn’t receive the same type of treatment. The result? Some classic Trans Ams, Firebirds, and Camaros are very close in price to Corvettes of the same year, even though the Corvette would have been worth much more around the time of its original release.
It’s not always clear why any one collector or enthusiast has an attachment to a particular vehicle. For some, it’s purely the appreciation of design; for others its only the mechanical prowess; for others still, its a nostalgia for how both of these things worked together in a bygone era.
Sometimes, attachments to vehicles can be very personal, even for those who aren’t necessarily enthusiasts. That’s why so many of us bestow names on our old cars that aren’t good for anything accept getting from point A to point B.
Crawford Garage recognizes the hard work and unyielding dedication that goes into classic car restoration. A lot of time and income goes into restoring these lost relics. And when the job is finished, passion is ultimately rewarded with a truly unique gift that is a testament to the mechanic who restored it and to the engineers that made the design possible. The sheer artistry of classic vehicles and restoration becomes a bridge that crosses all barriers—even time. The ingenuity speaks to all of the best elements of humankind and can unite us if even only for a moment.
If you’re a fan of classic cars and are looking to improve your garage as a showroom, or a workspace: don’t hesitate to contact us right away. We can help you get a custom door to fit any look or theme. We also have features like insulated doors that will make your garage more comfortable for work. Get a hold of our professional team and we’ll help you design the perfect setup for your classic car hobby. Choose Crawford because we are just as passionate about our garages as we are about all the beautiful things that we store in them.