One Man’s Junk

Will the Recyclers Be Coming For Your Father’s Oldsmobile?

Under the looming shadow of the 1990 Clean Air Act and the threat whooping federal fines if they don’t reduce pollution, states are taking a hard look at a symbol of the bad old days—smoke-belching 1960s and 70s cars. But getting the clunkers off the road is no simple matter.

Americans are as attached to their automobiles as anyone on Earth, and no one is more dedicated than classic car hobbyists, who share with gun collectors a strong sense of their individual rights. Car collectors, may be less celebrated, but they’re no less passionate, as some environmentally inclined politicians have found to their sorrow.