This car survived due to quality construction vs. disposable current cars that may or may not last a decade.
Amen to that. Imagine how a modern car would look 40 years from now, the plastic all dried out and gray, peeling clear coat, cracked creaking interior, yellowed headlights, ten million little mechanical parts wrong with it, old cars were overbuilt, which is why they're simple to restore and last so long. It can be refreshing to drive a basic, simple car. I too would take a well optioned, old car (though anything before 1966 is pushing it for me) over a new one. I drive a Chevrolet Caprice coupe myself.
I have to admit that yes the oldies aren't as 'safe' as the newies. However the oldies were made of metal, not plastic and tin foil. In a crash under 40 MPH, chances are you can keep your classic. In an new car 20 MPH and it's totaled. Besides, when nowadays you're getting 28 MPG and calling it great, my 57 at 21 doesn't look too bad. I'll never need to buy anything else (so long as the gas holds out), so I'm saving the planet by not putting another car in the junk yard.
Buy up the 50 and 60's cars before they are all too far gone to save. Next generation will have to try to save the left overs from the 70 and 80's, and no one will ever care about the 90's, just too far gone from the glory days.
Well, it was once thought that nothing built after WWII would ever be collectible.
Then it was, OK, 50's and 60's, but nobody will ever want to collect 70's cars, with all their emissions equipment, big bumpers and stuff.
Now, cars like Pintos and Vegas, hardly paragons of durability, are bringing stupid prices on ebay and elsewhere, probably from people who are not old to remember when these cars were as common as dirt -- and just about as exciting to drive.