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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-16-2018, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Green eyed monsters...

So, I'm totally green, just started looking at getting a car. Doing research, talking to people, learning all I can. Mostly likely I'll do a 67 hard top, 2 or 4 door, haven't totally settled on which.

My question is this, it's been niggling at the back of my mind, do these cars tend to draw "unwanted attention"? I live in the out skirts of Toronto, a pretty safe city, in the suburbs. At home the car will be in that garage. But I'm worried to take it somewhere and leave it in a parking lot. Anyone ever have their car vandalised, or worse stolen?

I'm sure you get the odd man child in a 2018 souped up whatever with something to prove at a stop light, not too worried about that, I'm past the point where I have anything to prove to strangers.

Do you find cops tend to harass more than usual or is it a "I just pulled you over to say how great your car is" type of deal.

Don't know if this is the right place to post this kinda ask, sorry if it isn't, just wondering if anyone had any stories. May e put my mind d at ease or at least let me know what I'm getting myself into.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-16-2018, 02:28 PM
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Our Aussie members have it figured out. No worry's mate!

These big old cars are not victimized as much as other cars are (say a BBC C2 Corvette, or a Cobra). They are ignored by cops; so long as they are quiet and not shaking store front plate glass windows. Accidents happen; but you can buy replacement insurance for less than you pay now for your daily driver You have to have proof of the value, so keep all receipts).

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-17-2018, 08:00 AM
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The biggest issue I worry about is parking lot dings from people opening doors next to you. You don't want to make a claim for a little ding cause it will raise your insurance, yet if you have a really nice and expensive paint job it can cost $1000 to get it fixed.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-17-2018, 11:21 PM
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I've yet to get pulled over in my Impala but I get stares, "Thumbs Up" and "wanna sell it" about every single time I drive it.

I'm ok with that.

I do think these old cars are easy to steal, so I just try to not make it an easy target. Smart parking, etc. You could put in a secret electrical switch to cut ignition power for an easy extra margin of prevention.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2018, 06:41 PM
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My approach to driving my 68 is that the car is for driving, not parking. I avoid parking lots and rush hour traffic at all costs. Helps avoid a lot of BS.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2019, 10:07 AM
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Yesterday my brother called me and said that his headlights were stolen in the morning. He heard some voices outside and saw some people with masks pulling the headlights out quickly and riding away with their motorbikes. He couldn't even do anything. I've told him a million times that it's a bad idea to in a bad neighborhood like this but he didn't even listen to me thinking that the house is very cheap.

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