“…Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit.” Gordon Gekko; Wall Street, 1987
Classic cars nuts (including us) often complain about speculators who buy classic cars with the only goal to make profit on selling them at an higher price. During the last years also many people with pockets full of money have decided to invest some million dollars in top-end classic cars just to be sure that their investment doesn’t decrease the value or, even better, to make a spread after some years. Few of them are real car nuts. On the other side, real classic cars lovers can’t afford many cars because such market law have made a lot of cars economically unreachable.
The fantastic footage above, shot by Peter Helm about Stephen Mitchell’s GTO at Willow Springs race track, shows how a car like the GTO was driven just like a car is supposed to be. You can also see a 250 GT California painted to look like an army car just for fun. Those weren’t investment objects, just cars, beautiful cars.
On the other hand, a thought rises after having watched the image above: in this clip from the 1973 italian movie “Milano Trema“, you can clearly spot a Dino 206/246 and a Maserati Mistral in a scrapyard of Milano, ready to be disassembled or crushed: the fact is that it has been the destiny of most classic cars. What could have been the end of most classic cars, if they were only loved by petrolheads? Back in 1973, my father (a real car nut) was asked if he was interested in buying a Ferrari 330 GTC for $1,000; his answer was “What am I supposed to do with it?”. The fact is that even today it’s not easy to spot a classic car running through the town, probably if few people were interested in these cars, nowadays you could see them only on books. We’re forced to admit that greed helped all these cars to survive, like it or not. However, no matter if you can’t afford them: as an heritage of our past often it’s enough to see one passing by at high speed in front of our eyes for just a second: this memory will accompany you for many years. And, if you own a classic car, drive it even just if you should go to the mall: do a favour to yourself and to people watching you.