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Is Every Old Car Worth Preserving?

When the topic of preserving an old car is brought up, almost everyone jumps straight to the high profile, popular cars. Cars that we are supposed to see as "special". Muscle cars, pony cars, light-weight British sports cars, and high-class European luxury cars, just to name a few. But, what makes an old car "special"? Is "special" really something that can be given a strict definition?

Hemmings Daily recently wrote about a new acquisition by the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA. This acquisition, pictured above, was one of the stretched 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne wagons used to transport students at the Milton Hershey School. A comment on that article argued that, while it is an interest piece of history, it only needed to be preserved in pictures. Effectively saying that it was not worth saving, or, that it was not "special".


The problem is, "special" can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Some people take "special" to mean "good". However, "good", another very difficult term to define, is really only one metric that can make a car "special". For others, it's the memories of the car or the time period it represents. Just because a car is not "good", does not mean it cannot bring back fond memories of either. Others may see the historical value, museums especially. Every car designed and built is a piece of history, whether good or bad. It is important to not forget the bad while remembering the good. These are only some of the ways of how a car can be considered "special", and there are certainly many more.

I have written about this subject before, and am a firm believer that any old car can be considered "special". Every old car deserves the chance of being preserved. Whether it gets that chance is another story, but it shouldn't be passed over by default.

What are your thoughts? Is every old car worth preserving?

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