TMCP #477: Ask Rick; Electric Won’t Kill Us (Yet)……The Bright Shining Future of Gas Powered Classic Cars


Rick Schmidt:


A 1977 Monte Carlo

It is September and time for another “edge of your seat interview” with Rick Schmidt! This is the episode where we finally discuss the topic of whether electric cars will completely kill the classic car hobby.  Short answer: they won’t……and least not for a long time.

I asked Rick about the future of classic cars with all electric vehicles coming soon and if he thought gasoline would ever simply “go away.” He said that from an infrastructure standpoint gasoline cannot go away anytime soon. Over the road semis, ships, planes, etc., all of which require the refining of oil to make our products move around the world. Gasoline will be made as a part of that process so older petrol vehicles should still have access to the needed fuel. In regarding to over-the-road trucking (freight), engineers are working on electric means of heavy hauling but have not yet solved the problem. With all of the shipping issues we have now, it would be a huge disruption to force an abandonment of the only fuel known to get the job done.

Rick further commented on the future value of any classic and he believes the prices will continue to rise. What attracts attention more than something completely different from normal in both shape and sound. In a future where everyone is driving their silent transportation appliances, imagine a rowdy big block powered classic thumping along, turning every head to see what it is. Rick believes classic cars will be like shooting stars that get brighter before they goes away completely and that will not be for a very long time.

Finally, we reviewed 3 cars found on eBay….one of which was a mid 1970’s Monte Carlo. Rick has vivid memories of a “sour” purchase of just such a car, which ended up becoming quite an entertaining rant!

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Thanks Rick!

-Rob Kibbe


Kibbe’s New Invention: The Magic Tee

The Magic Tee!

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This interview sponsored by our pals at National Parts Depot – your premier source for muscle car restoration parts!


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