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Owning a classic might actually be easier in the decades ahead


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Imagine your 1931 Pierce-Arrow cracks its water pump one sunny morning in the electric, autonomous future. You coast into a fix-it shop where a host of modern plastic commuter capsules are having their software stroked by young techs holding nothing but tablets. It appears to be a hopeless situation unless you can reach your Pierce-Arrow guy on a weekend. But now imagine one of the techs goes online, gets the specs for the needed part off an internet database, plugs them into a black box strung with cables and wires, and sends you off to Starbucks with instructions to return in a couple hours, by which time the car will be fixed. This could happen. Indeed, 3D parts printing is already occurring.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/07/04/owning-a-classic-might-actually-be-easier-in-the-decades-ahead