Recently we asked, “How friendly is your city to vintage cars?”, and many of you gave thoughtful and interesting replies—thank you. Here we’ve compiled an expanded look at your two numerically scored worst and best cities in which to own and drive a vintage car. We hope you enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed reading your replies!
South Korea’s hi-tech megalopolis capital may be a wonderful place to live, but it’s apparently a much worse place to drive—not mutually exclusive things for the average Petrolista, green tiramisu or not.
With fun-to-drive roads rated a middling 4, there’s not much fun to be had on the roads surrounding the city. Road quality comes in with an identical 4, our reader noting that he may have even been generous with this sad number—If one’s constantly dodging potholes and crumbling infrastructure, it certainly puts a damper on things.
Traffic continues a depressing theme and comes in at an abysmal 3. Other practical considerations include mediocre fuel quality (5) and cold, rainy weather (3) for much of the year—he adds that you can only take your hat off maybe four out of 12 months. Surprisingly, parking is said to be pretty decent, provided you’re not afraid to let someone more accustomed to parking automatic Kias maneuver your Fulvia, as valet is almost de-rigueur, though relatively inexpensive.
Perhaps worst of all automotive culture in Seoul gets a big fat 0, with absolutely no vintage scene to speak of—surprising when one thinks of the vibrant and thriving car scenes in other South-East Asian cities like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taipei, and Manilla. We remember reading somewhere that South Koreans are incredibly patriotic when it comes to car purchases, with imports representing less than 5% of the market share—perhaps this has something to do with that imbalance?
Overall, Seoul sounds like a rather bleak place to be if you’ve got petrol in your veins.
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