Automobiles have evolved over time and for the most part, the evolution of the automobile has been a good thing. Cars are more far more efficient, far safer, and more user-friendly. Let’s face it, push-button ignition is a huge improvement over hand-cranked engines, and who doesn’t like satellite radio?
Still, despite all the advances in automobile technology, there are a few things that we miss and would like to see manufacturers bring back into the fold.
Chrome, Glorious Chrome!
Ahhh yes, the undeniable bling of chrome! Back in the day chrome was the thing that set your car apart. Chrome bumpers, grills, door handles, wheels, and accents were all the rage, and rightfully so. It makes for a beautiful car!
From flying ladies and leaping felines to rockets, Greek gods and rams, hood ornaments were distinctive, well-crafted, and beautiful. This is a feature that automobile manufacturers should resurrect. Let’s get rid of the flat, one-dimensional logos and put some art on the hood.
Today’s cars lack style and character. Let’s face it, even a Mercedes sedan looks like a Toyota, a Honda, and a Hyundai – there are not many new cars that stand out on the curb. Enter the tailfin! They may not be aerodynamic, but the do look fast and they add a ton of character.
Side vent windows were the air conditioning of the vintage car, a rudimentary but effective way to keep your cool on the road. While we can’t deny that air conditioning is a far better alternative, vent windows are cool (no pun intended) and we like to see these stylish utilities back on the road.
Suicide doors may not be the safest doors for an automobile, but they are seriously cool! Not only do they look great, but they make getting in and out of your automobile so much easier. Just don’t exit the vehicle when in motion.
Front Bench Seats
Front bench seats used to be a staple in the large American cars of the past and they added a new dimension to the driving experience for both the driver and passengers. Bench seats gave you more room, made it possible to hold cuddle your sweetheart while cruising the strip, and made the drive-in movie much more than a cinematic experience.
Floor Mounted Dimmer Switch
Back in the day you did not have to take your hands off the steering wheel to turn your high beams on and off; a little foot tap was all it took. Somewhere along the line, American car manufacturers (and everybody else) decided that these switches should go on an ugly stalk on the steering column. Newer model cars even come with auto-dimming headlights, so the choice is no longer yours anyway.
Full Size Spare Tires
This one speaks for itself. Who wants to change a tire twice? The unfortunate reality is that mot modern automobiles lack the requisite trunk space to accommodate a full-size spare, let alone the damaged tire that you have replaced with a donut.
While modern automobiles have given us improved comfort, greater safety and improved efficiency, they lack the character and style that trademarked the vehicles of yore. It would be nice to see a 2018 model that stood out on the curb with rocket-like tailfins, side vent windows and some shiny chrome bling.