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Car Guy Diary – 2/27/2014 – Vintage Reading

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I’ve been talking to you a lot lately about the paper part of the car hobby; owner’s manuals, showroom brochures and the like. Well, here’s one more paper part of the car hobby to take a look at…vintage car magazines.

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Vintage car magazines are another great collectible for car folks because like owner’s manuals and brochures, they are relatively cheap, take up very little space and you can enjoy them over and over again. But there’s more to their charm than just practical matters.

Leafing through the pages of a vintage magazine can be like opening a window into the past. Aside from the cars themselves, there are advertisements for long forgotten products, language, styles and fashions contemporary to the magazine’s cover date and a host of other neat little historical nuggets that can take you back in time.

I’ve been collecting them for decades now and concentrate on issues from the late 1950s through the early 1980s. I also tend to look for magazines that have articles on cars and trucks that are of particular interest to me. If I didn’t, the magazine collection could get out of hand pretty easily.

I have found vintage magazines in the obvious places, and some not so obvious. Car shows and swap meets are the obvious places to find vintage automotive reading materials, but some consignment shops and antique stores have also yielded great finds in antique paper. Along with the wide availability, the most I have spent on a vintage car magazine is $10, and that was for a real gem in very good condition.

Like I’ve been saying, the old car hobby is more than just old cars. There is a wide range of items that can add to the fun of your old car or be the fun all by themselves. Vintage car magazines are totally worth another read.

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