To­day’s bland mod­els will kill en­thu­si­asm for car restora­tion

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Forum -

Over the sum­mer, I at­tended sev­eral clas­sic car shows and re­lived the ’50s and ’60s through the cars. Back then, ev­ery make and model was dis­tinc­tive. And ev­ery year at this time, dads and sons looked for­ward to the de­but of the new mod­els. Ev­ery year, they ac­tu­ally changed — un­like to­day, where the only way to tell a Chevy from a Mazda is to get up close and read the badg­ing. There are no dis­tinc­tive grilles, fend­ers or fins.

The car fac­to­ries en­hanced the new model year roll­out by ship­ping the first units wrapped in sheets or tarps, on the car carriers, so the pub­lic could not view the cars un­til their of­fi­cial de­but date. My dad was a car sales­man, and he al­ways took his va­ca­tion when the fac­tory was re­tool­ing for the new mod­els, and the out­put of new cars from the fac­tory stopped for a while.

It is the opin­ion of many car buffs that 40 years from now, there will be much less in­ter­est in restor­ing the cars of to­day. Why bother? They all look alike. LOUIS LAMANNA


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