Monday, July 29, 2013

Being original...

A couple of things from today made me want to write about this. In todays automotive world, being original is hard. The aftermarket is so vast, and so easy, that is almost makes more sense to NOT be original. But there are an odd few like myself that stick to it as closely as possible, in some aspects. Now if you are a performance enthusiast like myself, original is basically not an option. To go faster, you have to go with aftermarket parts to do so. A new Z06  is a blistering sports car, but that only goes so far, for so long, before you want more out of your machine...and I don't blame you. However, sometimes there is a person like myself, who sticks to originality sometimes too. This is for a couple of reasons. When it comes to my daily driver, nothing is more important to me than being in original form. I sell parts for cars for a living, at a local parts house. I do not put these parts on my personal car, though. It takes a lot of engineering work, before a car hits the showroom floor at your local dealership. That car was engineered a certain way, with a certain part, and I want that part back on my car. That's not to say a part I sell, won't perform just as well. But it means more to me if I know my car has original GM parts on it. Right down to the 25$ a piece wiper blades I buy at the dealership.

When it comes to muscle cars and classic cars, I also prefer originality. Todays "pro-touring" machines are all the rage, much like "pro-street" was 10 years ago. But nothing appeals to me more than an original, or restored to original spec classic car. I'm not the only one, as events like Barrett Jackson auctions and Concours De'legance, show original still reigns supreme in the classic community. Maybe that's what drives me to be original sometimes. I am not foolish enough to think my car will be worth a lot of money sometime in the future, but it's still cool to see the original stickers and tags in various locations on the car.

Now that brings me to my next point, and a question that gets asked a lot in todays automotive world. Will my car be worth some money in the future? The general consensus is no, because too many of them were built, as opposed to limited numbers built of yester-years classics. But you never know, 20 years from now, as technology progresses, and todays cars becomes more obsolete, maybe my car will be worth some money, even if its to laugh at how outdated it is. Maybe our original form 98 Sierra will be the belle of the ball at a Concours event. I can dream right?

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