If you were to do a comparison of cars then and now, you might find that some of the newest models of US-made sports cars bear an uncanny resemblance to the “muscle cars” of yesteryears. You have surely seen some of these “retro-futuristic” models, when driving down the roadways. It seems that the US-carmakers have decided that the best way to regain market share is through the hearts of those that love these sporty and powerful American icons, and they might be on the right track!
When you see the newest models of Ford Mustangs, the connection between cars then and now can be seen. This is true of the other American-automaker offerings, such as the Dodge Charger or the Chevy Camaro, but the fact that the Mustangs have had a long and uninterrupted history of being one of America’s favorite “muscle cars” makes the fact more obvious. It is almost like the engineers and designers have decided that the original appeal of these classic models is what their companies were built on. In today’s world, fuel-efficiency has made many cars less powerful, but with advances in design, you still get better gas mileage, but you do not sacrifice the power!
This is an important factor to be considered, when comparing cars then and now. Many of the sporty models that are offered by foreign competitors might look sporty, but they lack power, unless you want to spend close to $100,000 for the sportiest and most expensive models made by BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, or Ferrari. When you consider that the newest 8-cylinder Ford Mustangs can be bought for less than $40,000, you can see you get tremendous value and the best design features are offered. The difference between cars then and now is that they are more affordable, by today’s standards.
Because of stiff foreign competition, cars then and now might differ in many ways, but overall, they are much better in today’s retro-futuristic models. You get better fuel-efficiency, without sacrificing power and you have more comfortable rides, handling and interior features, besides better pricing, comparatively. Those that love the American classic cars might argue that there is nothing like the original Ford Mustang models of Cobra, Mach 1, or Shelby 350, but there is something to be said for the newer models. Even the Dodge Charger and Chevy Camaro offer these improvements and affordability.
When you are comparing cars then and now, it is helpful to consider the improvements that have been made over the years. The era of powerless, fuel-efficient models that lack character might be a thing of the past, when it comes to the newest American-made vehicles. You just have to look at some of the modern versions and you might find you like them better, even if you are a devoted classic car collector. While some people might think they do not make them like they used to, there are many people that think they make them better! This is a fact to consider, when you are comparing the cars-then and now.