Re: Me, a car snob?
There are a number of facets to this whole topic that make it even more curious than it appears at first. Let's take the classic car society: as seant pointed out, there are those which value pretty rubbish cars just simply because they're old and rare these days. But these's also an even stranger, more twisted phenomenon: the classic that's too accepted.
Exhibit A: Mercedes SL "Pagode" (W113). Over the past few years, the Pagode has turned into the wealthy classic car enthusiast's Golf - you wouldn't believe just how many of them are around at any given summer day in Hamburg. They're pretty, they're relatively robust and easy to maintain; in short: they're a painless way to bathe in the warm glow of classic car ownership, just without the typical drawbacks. Personally, I love Paul Bracq's glorious styling; I'd even go as far as saying I think its a prettier car than the 300SL Gullwing. Yet I doubt I'll ever own one, even if my financial situation allowed for it - it's just too obvious and I'd be part of the herd.
Exhibit B: Alfa Giulietta Sprint/105 Coupé/"Bertone". It's a glorious machine and everything an Alfa should be: RWD, equipped with a great engine, styling and handling. I used to have it on my wish list, until I found out I'm too tall. But even if a hunchback was an option, I probably wouldn't get myself the Alfa. Like the Pagode, it's burdened with a loyal costumer base that's just not my kind of crowd. Here in Germany, the typical "Bertone" driver is relatively young and oh so hip - retro sunglasses, summer scarves, designer leather jackets et al. He probably owns a funky Mini/New Mini as a daily drivers. He buys old cars mainly because his neighbour doesn't and because they fit his independent, as well as cool, lifestyle. Thankfully, the Alfa fits the bill: it's Italian (like his beloved frothy latte caramel frappucino), it's from the 60s (grooovy, baby!) and spare parts are easily obtained and repairing is a relatively simple affair (let's get this straight: in contrast to those sad anoraks, this Alfa driver's got a life!).