Born Again Boarder
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Spicewood, Texas (in the boonies)
Seems like Boomers (46-64) were driving the market up for a while wanting nostalgia in and hobbies for retirement, but we are reaching the mid-point in their retirement now and even with a better economy and stock market, sales have slumped for a while. Cost/price/market is one aspect, but looming larger is regs/public policy/taxation/emissions (look at European cities on "oldtimers")/usage is entirely another matter. If you look at pics of the various Alfa and other events and CNC's it is 80% plus crusty old salts. In demographic terms there is not enough replacement fodder, and further social trends are away from wrenching and fettling and looking at a car as an appliance, and this changing the market.