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NEVER really done nostalgia, least of all when it’s related to things on four wheels.
Part of this stems from unrelenting exposure to new product.
At some point, I’ll drive almost every passenger car and SUV released this year. I struggle to see many once or future classics among the almost numberless plethora of product before us.
That’s as it should be. Cars are, for the main part, consumer products to be used and disposed of in their turn.
Yet, while possibly the most disinterested person on the planet, even I can see some affordable devices out there that could stand the test of time.
While designers have become prisoners of aerodynamics (the lower the drag factor, the better the allimportant and tightly regulated fuel economy and carbon emissions), these make a virtue of it.
Gerry McGovern’s Range Rover Evoque coupe is the only SUV worth looking at twice. Hard to imagine this threedoor failing to strike the onlooker of 20 years hence.
Ditto Volkswagen’s Scirocco. Though VW is landing its other wares to the point of invisibility, the Golfbased coupe isn’t going to stop looking cool any time soon. Public and critics agree on the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ — though the look is one of this great car’s least compelling factors.
Indeed, while this trio are all conceivably the stuff of future nostalgists, they’ve all got more than the go to match the show.