Haven't seen this one discussed. We can't live in the past but it's a nice place to visit, especially in a swing-era car. Cars of the '30s and '40s were built before Eisenhower's freeways. Most have under 100 hp. Most are 3-speeds and lack overdrive. If you go for an authentic look, your car has bias-ply tires instead of radials, which makes it more of a handful. With my gear ratios, 55mph = 3500 rpm, about as fast as that long crank comfortably wants to spin. I try to avoid freeways but in LA that is impossible, but I'm sure not planning to drop a ubiquitous small-block in the Buick to replace the straight eight, as so many people at car shows encourage me to do. So I'd be interested in hearing your tales, observations, and techniques for operating a 60+ year old car in times when hurrying is so fashionable. Hot rodders can start their own thread; this one's for the gals and gents keeping alive old technology. I'll start off: I've found that an LA freeway right lane isn't such a bad place. Sure, there's traffic in LA to slow everybody down, but even on open stretches I've usually had wingmen with which to cruise at 45-50 mph (when the Buick says 60 mph, the GPS says 52--don't trust your speedo). City buses don't move much faster. Many times I've convoyed with lawn crews in claptrap Toyota trucks. Lately, the right lane has more 'normal' cars as people slow down to conserve fuel. Of course, you get the occasional jerk trying to make time in the right lane. Changing lanes is always a challenge. Mirrors were options and most period mirrors are too small to be useful. The Buick has a blindspot big enough to drive another '48 Buick through (much less a significantly lower Honda Civic). So the biggest hassle is cars merging into the freeway from the right, especially those trying to merge at 35 mph.