There is no denying that muscle cars have a certain appeal, attraction and pulling power. They are fast, powerful and portrayed as the symbol of style and manliness in many movies. Many of us know very little about their engine, production, running costs and maintenance but still want to own or drive one like our heroes on the screen.
Once a fascination sets in, it is hard to get over it and everything comes back flooding in when you see one of these beautiful automobiles, even on the screen. Perhaps, we cannot get our hands easily on a 1968 Ford Mustang or drive it like Steve McQueen. We may not look as cool as Starsky and Hutch on a 1975 Ford Gran Torino. But we still dream to take a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am on a cross state run like the Bandit.
Luckily, cars like the Ford Mustang are still in production and come with all the modern fittings. Also, they are not really that expensive to buy, even though you may have to pay a bit more for gas and you would definitely not be able to get inexpensive car insurance for it. You may actually delay your purchase if you are still young or have a bad driving history because of the age restrictions imposed by many vehicle insurance companies or prohibitive costs.
You can own a Ford Mustang under $30,000, which is not more than a typical sedan would cost. Of course, after watching many vintage auto restoration programs on Netflix you would love to get your hands on one of the rusty Corvettes and do it up like they do. But most of us neither have the skills or budget for it. For now, we enjoy watching the greasy hands on TV to live the dream for us.
You cannot help but think that maybe some of the movies were inspirational for today’s cars. For years we watched KITT taking over the driving and doing all sorts of stunts. Also, it was a smart car that can even talk and make jokes. It isn’t so far-fetched any more as there are self-driving automobiles on the roads. It is only a matter of time before they start thinking for themselves, talking back and even coming up with a funny joke.
KITT was a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am that looks out of this world even today. The good news is that you can now own cars that are as powerful and filled with all sorts of gadgets. You should still hold on to the steering wheel but you can enjoy other features. They are getting more and more affordable as there are standard versions to suit most budgets along with the fancier ones.
Actually, there are even electric muscle cars in the market today. So, there is no reason to hold back and get on one. Even if you are as environmentally conscious as Leonardo DiCaprio you don’t have to drive a Toyota Prius like him. There are many cooler cars like Ford Mustang Mach-E that give you everything without any of the guilts or gas costs.
For those of us who aren’t really ready to take the next step and buy a performance car, we can still enjoy driving them on holidays. There are many places in the US and other parts of the world where you could rent most cars you fancy and drive them with rental car insurance. Probably, not out of airport rentals but they are available if you want to quash your thirst. Again, you may still have to be over 25 to rent them. And you can only drive some of the sports cars on the racing tracks specially prepared for this purpose only. So, your fantasies may still come through.
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