Vehicle History Overview
The First Cars
Cars in the 1960s
Cars were made the same basic way up through the 60s
Except people in the 60s wanted SPEED! They achieved this with Big Block Motors, which created a lot of Horsepower. (The Birth of Hotrods, Rat Fink, Flames, and Pin Striping).
Cars in the 1970s
Changes to comply with Demands and Laws
Construction of Interstate Highways + Higher Speed Limits + More High Performance Cars = Accidents and More
Deaths from Auto Accidents
Federal Laws were passed to regulate safety. These laws included:
Modern Day Cars
Now they even have cars that will tell you when you’re lost, where to turn, Parallel Park for you.
While the modern day cars appear to be made cheap and unsafe, they are actually designed to crush or collapse, while transferring the energy around the stronger passenger compartment to protect the passengers from injury.
There is considerably more damage to modern day cars during a collision than the older vehicles, which gives the perception that “they don’t make them like they used to”. However, in reality the cars are taking the impact instead of the passengers.
The lesson was designed to give you a little history, but to also emphasize that just a hammer, dolly and a few wrenches are not going to repair today’s cars. We need highly trained collision repair and automotive technicians to repair today’s vehicles.