2009 Dodge Challenger: The Choice of 60-Year-Old Professors
October 19, 2009
I ran into my old journalism professor this past weekend and inevitably got to chatting about cars. After decades of buying Buicks (he owned the last Riviera when I met him and owns the 1951 Buick Eight pictured), he finally gave up and bought a pair of his and her Priuses. Well, he no longer likes his. He was about to explain, but judging by intonation I already knew why he didn't like his Prius. It was the same reason I wouldn't like my Prius.
Any way, we chatted about the new LaCrosse and the upcoming Regal. He mentioned he always wanted a Jeep Wrangler, but then I explained that his bad back would disintegrate if he got one of those. Then I asked, "Hey Dr. J, do you know what a Dodge Challenger is? Yeah, want to see one?"
I took him out to see our Challenger, told him to press the ON button and letter fly. He loved it.
"Maybe this is what I should get. Doesn't an old muscle car seem perfect?"
When he told this to his wife, she laughed saying in a very wifely way that this car was more for young guys like me rather than 60-year-old professors. After a second of thought,I then laughed and said, "Actually, this is exactly the type of car for 60-year-old professors. Big, comfy, easy to drive, stonking fast and he can remember the original one."
She still wasn't sold, but I know he'll be liking his Prius even less now.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 12,457 miles
UPDATE: Since so many of you noticed and complained about my little Photoshop job/error above, please see new and improvedversion after the jump.