The White Coats Say 'Trust Hormone' Makes Us Hoard Terrible Old Cars

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You know how your friends all laugh at you because you can't bring yourself to get rid of that rattly-ass, decades-old junker you love so deeply? You're just a slave to your hormones, buddy!


That's what Times Of London writer Anjana Ahuja tells us, quoting Professor Paul Zak of Claremont Graduate University; it's all about the oxytocin, also known as the "trust hormone." It turns out that one's attachment to an inanimate object- say, an early-60s Vanden Plas Princess 1300, for example- can trigger a release of oxytocin… and, next thing you know, you can't bring yourself to get rid of a car that breaks down approximately once every two months. Ms. Ahuja, however, triumphed over her body chemistry and ditched her Vanden Plas for… no, we can't say it. It's just too painful. One of these things.

So let's get this straight: you get rid of a seriously cool example of classic British coachbuilding- to which you've given an affectionate name and everything- and you replace it with a Fiat Multipla? The horror! We think Ms. Ahuja needs to start mainlining oxytocin and stockpiling Humber Sceptres!
[Times Of London]

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Is it wrong that I see that photo and think how misunderstood the Volvo 164 was?