Old cars vs. new cars

Ford Galazy 500I snapped this old beauty on the way to work a week or so ago. I love the blocky style of the mid-1960s Ford Galaxy 500. It weighs enough to stop a tank, should the dri­ver encounter one on his way to work. It has no airbags or shoul­der belts, so his safety was in his own hands.

I do love the style of old cars. But they pol­lute. The gas com­ing out of the tailpipe is sig­nif­i­cantly more pol­lut­ing than what a mod­ern car pro­duces. Paris (http://www NULL.nytimes NULL.com/2012/11/25/automobiles/old-car-owners-bristle-at-proposed-ban NULL.html?_r=0), Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia (http://www NULL.sbcapcd NULL.org/ocbb NULL.htm) and Texas (http://www NULL.tceq NULL.texas NULL.gov/airquality/mobilesource/vim/driveclean NULL.html) all have pro­grams to take old cars off the road.

But it’s not nec­es­sar­ily an easy equa­tion. Some­times keep­ing your not-very-new car may be more envi­ron­men­tal than buy­ing a new one, because of the envi­ron­men­tal impact of man­u­fac­tur­ing a car (details (http://environment NULL.about NULL.com/od/environmentfriendlyautos/a/new_old_cars NULL.htm)).

I would totally sup­port a ban on really old cars being daily dri­vers, or maybe a tax on using them as com­muter cars. That would keep the envi­ron­ment cleaner. And the dri­vers would have less chance of get­ting in an acci­dent and ruin­ing that piece of his­tory. Addi­tion­ally, fewer dri­vers are out on the week­ends, so each drive would be more plea­sur­able. Why not cre­ate an old car shar­ing club and split which week­ends you get the old beau­ties? Then you will have some vari­ety in which ancient iron you take to the highway.

3 thoughts on “Old cars vs. new cars”

  1. Sorry, can’t agree with the nanny state tax approach.
    Some­thing you might find inter­est­ing, a 1959 Chevy vs 2009 Chevy crash test.
    http://youtu.be/joMK1WZjP7g (http://youtu NULL.be/joMK1WZjP7g)

    1. I knew every­one wouldn’t agree with me about tax­ing their use, Gary.

      I’m not a big gov­ern­ment per­son. I do think that gov­ern­ment heavy-handedness is good in some areas of life, like moti­vat­ing peo­ple to make choices that will help save energy. One exam­ple — I’m a fan of the reduc­tion in sales of incan­des­cent bulbs that has resulted because of laws restrict­ing their sale and man­u­fac­ture. That alone has already pre­vented many tons of coal from being burned and enter­ing our atmos­phere — and my lungs.

  2. My grand­par­ents had the 1965 Galaxy. It had looks that aged really well. My sis­ter was dri­ving it when it got hit by a kid who ran a red light. I was sorry to see it go.

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