This past weekend I had the good fortune to get a ride in a classic Ford Model A Phaeton. I didn’t do the driving myself as I wouldn’t even know where to start. I can’t even drive a modern stick, let alone one that’s nearly a century old. I like cars and all, but I’m not a massive petrol head with all the technical knowledge and experience so I had to settle for being driven around.
The thing I will remember most from this drive is the wonderful sound of the engine. Modern cars these days do their very best to block out most of the sound that they make, which is a big shame. Or maybe not, seeing as their sound must be pitiful compared the glorious roar of old engines. Like comparing a kitten’s mewing with a lion’s almighty roar.
What threw me off guard a bit was how comfortable I was during
the ride. Sure, I had some trouble getting my legs in the Ford (I’m fairly tall and the doors are pretty small) but once seated it felt like I was sitting on a regular couch. I had never expected to sit so comfortably in a classic car. And it was comfy, more so than any car I have sat in from the past century. In any modern car, after a while you get sore and have to shift around a bit to find a better position. This was not the case with the Model A. Or maybe I was just too mesmerized by the whole experience to notice it.
Of course comfort is one thing, but safety that a whole different story. For one, naturally, the Model A Phaeton was not equipped with seat belts or air bags or any of those other modern gadgets. And because there’s no trunk in the back, you won’t have to install a pet barrier to avoid worrying about unsecured cargo. Instead you’ll be wondering whether you sufficiently tightened the straps holding your luggage on the rear platform.
Regardless of safety, I had a great time riding around in this awesome Ford Model A. I can’t wait till a next time. What about you have you ever driven a classic car? Is there one in particular you’d want to drive?