Cars From The Past…

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Posted on: 11 January 2017 by Finn Wright

Despite what former Top Gear presenter James May has said about classic cars (‘if they were any good, they’d still be made’) there is certainly still something about these cars that makes them stand out from the more modern vehicles we drive today.

Despite what former Top Gear presenter James May has said about classic cars (‘if they were any good, they’d still be made’) there is certainly still something about these cars that makes them stand out from the more modern vehicles we drive today. Modern cars are faster, offer better handling, are more reliable and are more economical to boot, but there has to be a reason why the classic car market is still positively thriving to this day?

The Design

The earliest cars were designed and manufactured in a very much analogue world where designers would use good, old-fashioned tools such as a pencil and paper to create the elegant shapes that we see in so many preserved classic cars. People fondly look back on the age where classic cars were created without having to adhere to restraints caused by crash tests and aerodynamic drag research.

The Production Process

The modern production process, while being efficient, has taken away from the character that so many of the older cars have in comparison to the old. Mass production systems pump out modern cars 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, whereas classic car production as a vastly manual process performed by skilled craftsmen. Separate panels were created individually and meant that cars withstood the hardships of daily use.

The Mechanics

While modern cars are effectively sealed units mechanically, older vehicles were delicately balances machines that comprised of hundreds and thousands individual parts and components that all worked together in harmony. Classic car drivers describe the driving experience of older cars as unlike any of its modern equivalent. Older machines acted as a direct extension of the machine and resulted in an authentic driving experience.

The Nostalgia

Nostalgia plays a very important part in the classic car appeal and each care has an individual backstory and history, which cannot be said for many modern cars. Some classic cars also achieved great things in their life through races or having survived particular historic events or expeditions. These machines were more than simply a tool used to get from A to B and provided their owners with a way of improving their lifestyle and quality of life. Many original classic car owners also had to save and go through a great deal of effort to earn their car in comparison to the way we are able to get a car on finance so easily today. There is certainly a sense of pride that comes with the ownership of such a car that we will be unlikely to resonate with today.

Ultimately classic car enthusiasts love their automobiles for more than efficiency or speed, which is what we tend to measure our car in today. Classic cars offer their riders an experience, a distinct sense of style and exclusivity that is as timeless as the cars themselves. Lovers of design, art and history have every reason to appreciate their cars.

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