When I was in high school a friend of mine bought a brand new 1970’s something Ford Pinto… he opened the hood and explained to me just how little he thought of the components that made up his car. But it was brand new. I was driving a decade old (plus some) Thunderbird and loving it. Another friend had a 64 Mustang that he considered a hand-me-down and really wanted a Firebird. A 57 Chevy was something your Grandparents owned … A VW “Thing” was cool… Gremlins were interesting… Bugs were everywhere and the only truly important thing was to drive… anything that moved… was better than the bus or walking.
Time places it own take on the value of a car made 40 years ago. Looking back on typewriters made 90 years ago… I start to think would I buy a fully featured used typewriter or a brand new low-priced one. Where I live someone owns a 1970’s Ford Pinto (not me) and another a Yellow 1959 Caddy… guess which one draws a crowd? Nothing wrong with that Pinto. Noting wrong with a Reliance… either (which for some reason I keep wanting to call Reliant).