There’s a certain mystique to driving old iron because there’s a built-in risk factor.
Old brakes don’t have the stopping power of new brakes so a single master cylinder and drums add a ‘pushing the envelope’ flair to a routine drive.
Some old cars are better than others—this ’56 Ford won’t stop like your new Hyundai SUV but it will do better than a ’38 Ford.
This Sunbeam Alpine is still relatively nimble in traffic but it won’t brake better than a new Toyota minivan.
A 1ST Gen Firebird will do okay even in 2017 if it came with discs on the front but it won’t out-stop a new Camaro.
If braking capacity is a big issue for you, you’re probably not cut out for the old iron in traffic crowd but if you are get ready for some adventures in old traffic like the rest of these MSCC Road Warriors—check them out.
By: Jerry Sutherland
Jerry Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer with a primary focus on the collector car hobby. His work has been published in many outlets and publications, including the National Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post, Vancouver Sun and The Truth About Cars. He is also a regular contributor to Auto Roundup Publications.
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