I agree 100% I’ve got nothing to prove to anyone. These old cars aren’t a pimple on the *** of the new ones in terms of speed,safety, stability, and most of all braking power. Anyone who says different is blowing smoke up their own ***.I find this post and its replies interesting. It reflects opinions on our cars' perceived capabilities at speed. It offers opinions on our own skill and comfort levels at speed. And it points to issues involved in sharing the road with other drivers. That said, all of these points are valid despite the age, condition, or any type of car we're driving.
I drive my 60+ year-old Chryslers because I like to drive my 60+ year-old Chryslers. (And my 60+ year old Dodge, too.) I am not shy about using the pedal on the right when conditions are right. But I keep in mind that the "safety features" of my cars are essentially an afterthought, if thought of all. So, I tend to keep the speed at or a few over the posted limit, hang out in the granny lane, and wave at the drivers blowing my doors off. My Chryslers are for cruising, and I make the time for that whether it's a six mile drive for ice cream or a couple hundred miles to a show.
If I'm in a hell-fire hurry to get somewhere, I drive one of my late model cars. Ninety miles an hour may be okay in my old cars, but I have other cars where ninety miles an hour is a safer choice.
I get it that we all have different cars with different capabilities. Heck, I drove my 1963 over 800 miles between 60-70 and (occasionally) 75+ on a long trip. So I'm no extremist on this issue. It's just that when I drive my old cars, I'm happier rolling along, enjoying the time I share with a car that few others will ever have. I figure, what's the hurry?
Thanks for reading this long post. And if you see "TAILFINS" on a tag of a 1960 Chrysler rolling in the granny lane, move to the left, give me a thumbs up, and pull away at your chosen speed!