Hooniverse Asks: What's the Most Social Car or Truck?

People are always telling me that my aunt is popular. Or maybe that it’s that my auntie is social? I can’t remember exactly which it is because I don’t really like to hang out with people all that much.
Some cars engender crowds, and that’s what we’re looking for today: the most social autos and trucks there are. Whether it’s an active owner’s club or just a particular car that draws fans like flies, what do you think is the most social car or truck there is?
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35 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What's the Most Social Car or Truck?”

  1. tonyola Avatar

    A classic Mustang convertible with the top down. It’s friendly, open-air, and non-threatening. You’ll have no problem finding people who will want to go for a ride.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Any clasdic convertible, actually. People are compelled to strike up conversation when you are stuck in traffic, or buying gas, stopped at a light, etc.

      1. crank_case Avatar

        At the other end of the classic convertible scale, one of the few cars where it’s nearly as much fun to be a passenger as to drive, because you’re not going anywhere fast anyway. Early versions even allowed you take out the seats so you could have a picnic. https://www.adrianflux.co.uk/cult-classics/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/expo2CV.jpg

  2. CraigSu Avatar

    Well, I think I would have to grudgingly admit that the answer is indeed Miata.

    1. crank_case Avatar

      As a Miata (well Eunos Roadster) owner, I’ve been been told, nope, a two seater car is antisocial by in-laws because it just fits me and my wife. I fail to see the downside of that. Random strangers do talk to you from the street on a sunny day, usually complimentary. I can’t imagine the same happening in a modern Audi or BMW convertible..

  3. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

    Seventh generation Suburbans are quite social in the sense that you can fill them with lots of people who all have plenty of room, which is an added bonus when you get stuck off-road and need help getting pushed out. I have many fond memories of bombing around in my family’s and friends’ Suburbans, both on and off road.

    1. salguod Avatar

      My sister has a 2010-ish Suburban with the rare front row bench giving it 9 passenger seating.

    2. marmer Avatar

      I had one of those in college and just after. Generally I was the one who drove because all my friends had 2-door Corollas or Tempos or the like. And it got me lots of girls asking me to help them move their stuff. Did it get me dates? Not so very much.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        It was the same with my 145 – I can’t even remember how often I helped people move. And it wasn’t in the way to attract the one woman that matters, to say the least…
        Very good work vehicle, too:

    3. Guest Avatar

      A 9-seater 70s ‘Burban with a 350 and three benches would be my ideal road trip vehicle.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I helped raise the top on that car when it started to rain at the 2010 Microcar and Minicar World Meet in Crystal Lake, IL. My brush with greatness.

      1. JayP Avatar

        I picked it at from a random goog search.

      2. 0A5599 Avatar

        It looks long enough to be banished to the spectator parking lot.
        What did the top look like? I can’t imagine that one folding frame would span from the windshield to the back seat ans still be concealed in the picture above.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          The classes at that show were based on engine displacement, so it was perfectly welcome. The upper end of “minicar” was generously defined. Everyone was too busy being agog at it to raise any objections anyway.
          The top is conventional at the rear and sort of conventional at the front, making use of a separate frame which is slipped into place just behind the front seats. The stretch joining the two frames is, as I recall, pretty much unsupported along its length. I took a photo of it:

          1. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1

            Wow, that’s even more….
            Words fail me.

    2. Garrett Michael Avatar
      Garrett Michael

      I have a 1970 B, and can say that people do talk to me all the time when i’m out and about. Although, mine isnt a super stretch 😉

      1. JayP Avatar

        When I commuted to college in the ’80 B, I’d get all kids of people chatting me up at lights.

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    I’d say any old car that once was very common tends to be social in a sense. With my old 242 I could hardly fill gas without getting into a conversation of the “I/we/my mum/uncle/teacher used to have one”-kind. It was very pleasant actually, people were friendly and nostalgic in the best way. I’m not sure if they’d shown the same face with a less original car though.
    It also seated five and was well-used to pick up hitchhikers in the day. Used to hitch hike home from school when I was a teenager and my bike wasn’t usable, so I have a hard time driving past thumbs.

  5. GTXcellent Avatar

    When’s the last time you saw one and DIDN’T give the driver a wave or thumb’s up?

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Pitty can be a powerful social motive, yes.

        1. JayP Avatar

          The first gen Neon was legit.
          Light, sweet engine, plenty of support for motorsports.

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            But…didn’t they fall apart in turn three, in the most Chryslerish way possible?

  6. salguod Avatar

    Pretty much any car old enough to not be common on the roads. I get lots of attention every time I drive the T’bird. The 20 year old 318ti doesn’t yet get that kind of attention because there are still a number of them being used every day, plus they don’t look that different than a modern car yet.

  7. Citric Avatar

    Pickup trucks are a great way to meet people who need help moving large objects. Plus you can bring kegs and have tailgate parties.

  8. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    It’s hard to argue with a Chrysler that seats about 20.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      How does this not fall over backwards?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I can’t say that it didn’t.

        1. 0A5599 Avatar

          That’s why it is so sociable. After you splatter yourself onto the roadway, people come over to ask, “Are you OK?”

        2. Rover 1 Avatar
          Rover 1

          A motorcycle and sidecar combination with a steering wheel?

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