Last week I explored the two-pedal options for the 2020 SCM 1000. I was looking at cars from 1974 and earlier — and under $50,000.
Among the many thoughtful responses I got were those encouraging me not to overlook the compact American cars of that era. Suggested were Ford Falcons, Chevrolet Novas and Corvairs.
You can find decent driver examples of all of these for under $25,000. They are easy to make reliable, and once they are set right they tend to say right. Troublesome maintenance issues are few.
Even better, handling packages consisting of sway bars, springs and shocks are affordable and easily sourced.
While no one will ever confuse a Falcon Futura for a Jaguar E-type, they can be made to work well enough so that driving one offers some pleasure, rather than being an exercise in drudgery.
But the question I ask myself — and by extension you — does driving that kind of domestic car degrade the quality of an event like the SCM 1000?
By their nature, these American cars were intended to be inexpensive transportation, not sporting cars. If one of the goals of the SCM 1000 is to bring the pages of SCM to life, are we accomplishing this by having American economy cars involved, (even if vintage)?
I know I’d much rather be part of a string of 1960s sports cars including MGs, TVRs, Jaguars and Healeys than Chevy IIs.
What’s your opinion? Should I add vintage American econoboxes to my list of choices? Or stick with the sports cars that SCM is known for?