This is going to be an unpopular opinion, so buckle up.
I’m okay with people who buy cars and never drive them. It’s not their duty to drive the car to please us car enthusiasts. The only person they have to please is themselves.
A car is made to be driven, but that doesn’t mean you have to do that. Heck, you don’t even have to use the car for what it was made to do. My cars are made for the city, but that doesn’t stop me from towing trailers and taking it into the trails. A Wrangler is made for the trails, but that doesn’t stop a buyer from just using it like one would use a sedan.
I can understand the outrage if someone got through Ford’s application process, got a GT, then never drove it...but this is a single Beetle of dozens of millions built.
Of my four smarts, the newest (and the one I make (0% APR) payments on) only gets driven a couple hundred miles a year. When I realized that Tucker wasn’t dead it quickly hit me that I can finally fulfill a silly goal of basically owning a new car forever. Every time I hop into my 2016 it still has new car smell, it still drives like a new car, and it still looks like a new car. There are no scratches, no tears, not even wear on the pedals. Sometimes I like to pitch a chair, crack open a beer, and just stare at it and admire it. If I could park it in my living room, I would.
I’d do the same with a two-stroke road bike from the 70s. I have three other smarts so I can have a fourth that’s basically a garage queen.
I can understand buying something and not using it for its intended purpose. Heck, I used to have a display case of my favourite smartphones and have built PCs just because I think it would look pretty.
One thing that’s bothered me about various car enthusiast communities throughout the years is how some enthusiasts sometimes think so highly of themselves. “I drive my rare car, I don’t just trailer it around.”...“The Prius isn’t an enthusiast car, a real car enthusiast owns a brown manual diesel wagon/Miata!” Oh shut up. You know what a real car enthusiast is? Someone enthusiastic about cars. There aren’t any requirements about what you have to like and not every car enthusiast has to daily or race their car. I’ve met PT Cruiser owners who were cooler car guys than some people who owned some of the most Jalop cars I’ve ever seen. And we won’t get into how some communities treat women...
So I support people who never drive their cars and I will defend garage queens until the day I die. They’re just cars, get over it.