Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Old Cars

Several years ago, some friends were visiting Seattle and returned, saying “I have never seen so many OLD cars anywhere else.”

(They had never been to Turkey, where they have an art of keeping old cars running.)

I had never really noticed, but there truly are a lot of older cars in this area, and I don’t know why. Maybe one reason is that Seattle had a few leaded gas pumps longer than other states, and most of these old cars ran on leaded gas. You still see them – a lot of them – still on the roads.



November 25, 2007 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Local Lore, Seattle, Shopping, Technical Issue | , ,


  1. They don’t make them like they used to anymore.

    Comment by MY K | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  2. ahh yes the classics.
    Am glad that am not a car enthusiasit 🙂

    Comment by Kaos | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  3. Love the classic cars!

    They used to have a place called Porky’s in St Paul, MN and when the weather is nice, people who owned classic cars used to gather there at night (i think it was saturday night), one of my friends who was a car enthusiast used to be there religiously.

    Comment by Chirp | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  4. There’s a Porkys in Des Moines as well, Chirp!

    We always noticed the old cars in Seattle, and my father told us that cars lasted longer in Seattle because the milder winters meant that the cities didn’t need to salt the roads, which helped the cars “live” longer. Have you heard this?

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  5. K – I guess not.

    Hiya, Kaos! I think they are a money pit, but those who love them, love them passionately.

    Chirp – Porky’s! Oh what fun!

    Little Diamond – I think it also has to do with the frugal “use it up” Scandinavian mentality in the area.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 26, 2007 | Reply

  6. We found a lot of them in Utah–cars like the high desert climate as well. Reno has a weekend the end of August called “Hot August Nights” and the classic owners from all the surrounding states bring their vehicles in to diplay. It’s almost like being back in the “Happy Days” as many of the cars are from the 50’s and 60’s.

    Comment by momcat | November 26, 2007 | Reply

  7. Some of those oldies are real beauties!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 26, 2007 | Reply

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