As some of you know, I’ve been thinking for some time about buying a new car, and being a father has changed the way I think about transportation. When I was born my father traded in his sexy two seat convertible for a wood-paneled Ford station-wagon. So what choices are available to the modern dad?
Let’s look at the extremes. Cars like the following Lamborghini Diablo that get a whopping 8 miles per gallon (down hill with a tail wind) are not very high on my list. Even if they got 100 miles per gallon, I’m afraid its physical length and hefty price tag clearly shout, “I’m overcompensating for something!”
Of course going to the other extreme, while avoiding the whole inverse-proportion overcompensation concern, may not strike quite the right chord either. I’m all for being green, but I fear the car below screams something like, “Hi, I’m Mr. Bean!” So, what’s a tree-hugging metrosexual dad on a budget to do?
I may have found the solution. Ever since a buddy recently admitted his secret lust for a retro Vespa, they’ve been popping into my head. At 60 miles or more per gallon, they appeal to my ecologically conservative side, and also to some nostalgic longing for the imagined romance and simplicity of the 60’s.
I grew up in Europe, so I saw people riding these everywhere as a kid. That leads me to a few questions. What do you think, can a real man ride a motor scooter? I could put our daughter in a sidecar with a helmet and it would be almost as safe as a car, right? Okay… okay… a hybrid mini-van it is. Sigh…
So, what do you recommend?