Hooniverse Asks- What's The Best 'Dad' Car?

There’s an episode of The Wonder Years, in which Kevin’s dad can’t decide whether to buy a new car or not. Kevin wants him to buy the screamin’ sexy red Mustang convertible, but the dull-old family sedan has too many memories in it making letting go a tough choice. In the end, the old car makes way not for the Mustang, but for another – albeit newer -sensible sedan, and Kevin learns a valuable lesson via the Daniel Stern voice-over.  Kevin had a different idea than his dad of what kind of car he should drive. Looking back on our dads, or if you’re a dad yourself, what would be the best car?Sure, some of us grew up in households of means, and others in ones where we didn’t have two pennies to rub together, but the idea isn’t so much about a particular car, but rather  of the more conceptual idea of the image a dad’s ride should project. I’m sure few of you smoke pipes these days, but my image of the stereotypical dad has a pipe clenched between his teeth and a stoic expression on his face. A cardigan sweater and some sort of medium to large dog completes the picture. It’s more Ozzie and Harriet than Ozzy and Sharon, and YMMV. But what kind of a car should that prototypical dad be gripping the wheel, and casually tapping his pipe on the vent wing of? Many of us lament the lack of coolness our dads exhibited (and be assured, your kids feel the same about you, Elmer), hence we’d like them to roll up to little league practice in a Lambo drop-top, with the Swedish exchange student along for the ride. But if that were actually the case, then you’d be spending all your time explaining to your friends why your dad isn’t a douchebag. No, there’s something to be said about the cool-factor of a more sensible ride. Maybe it’s a wagon that’s cool because you and all your friends can pile into it for pizza. Maybe it’s the car that lest you choose your own stations on the radio. Whatever it is, there has to be a perfect dad car out there, and we need to find out what it is, because Father’s Day is this Sunday don’t you know. Image sources: [Examiner.com, Sebringsprite.com]

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