Scrooge, Gladstone and Donald all have, by their own standards, an "old" car. But what this entails is radically different for each one, in terms of where they must go to get some spare parts for it…
- Gladstone Gander gets spare car parts at a garage for his "old car" (curiously suggesting he's had the same one for a while, rather than kept replacing it thanks to his luck); Donald Duck visits junkyards to get spare parts for his; and Scrooge McDuck's car is such an old relic that he must get spare parts at the Museum.
- Carl Barks reused the idea of Scrooge owning an antique car a few years later in Chugwagon Derby (1961), where he reveals the car to be a Rolls-Regal Horseless Shay. Don Rosa would then show the Shay brand-new in The Empire-Builder from Calisota (1994), the tenth chapter of his Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. However, the Horseless Shay has a markedly different design from the old car seen here, and its circumstances in the 1961 story leave no room for Scrooge to have taken it for a ride, let alone bought spare parts for it, in 1958. At any rate, a pin featuring Scrooge driving a car similar to the 1958 model was released in 2004.
Behind the scenes
The story was first printed in 1958 in Uncle Scrooge #22. It was reprinted in Uncle Scrooge #223, in the various Carl Barks Libraries, in the Australian Giant #185, and, in the United Kingdom, in Mickey and Friends #1993-46 and World Distributors #52. It is in the former of these two British printings that it received the title of Cars Old And New!, the only time it was printed with a title of any kind, although INDUCKS ascribes to it the title of Going to Pieces, without a source.