Was talking with my dad over the weekend and he always seems to have a story about his old '56 Ford car, His father's old Chevrolet truck, or an old Pontiac or Mercury one of his friends had. Even my grandparents generation seemed to take great pride in their automobiles. My wife's grandfather left her a '52 Ford Customline that he bought brand new. We still have this car which he affectionately named "Maybeline". I was thinking back on some of the prestigious "luxury" cars like the Cadillac of course, but also the Buick Roadmaster. It just seems like people had more pride in their cars back then. Not a "mine is better than yours" or a "keeping up with the Jones" kind of way like today, but just pride in owning a car. I guess maybe because there was more American pride back then too with WWI, and WWII being either present or in the not so distant past. Can you imagine your grandfather driving a Nissan or a Toyota? Think about your grandfather being on a ship in Pearl Harbor during the day of the attack and then seeing tons of Japanese cars on American Highways. I know this is kind of rambling but I guess I really wish it was like that now. I think the imports have taken a great deal of pride out of owning a car while at the same time taking away from good ole american pride. Cars today, even though they are insanely expensive, seem to be kind of "disposable". Nothing like old American Iron.