Stop what you are doing; I have breaking news. Since the car started on the road, the car has undergone huge changes. I know this isn't breaking news, but it's just as interesting. Since the beginning, the car has evolved. Many features come and go.
For some enthusiasts, of which I consider myself one, I see all this technology and miss some of the features that gave the cars a bit more character. Some had to be removed for security reasons, others fell into disuse, while others were killed by the designers.
Ardauto.ie has compiled a list of features that can no longer be found on new cars. which many people remember fondly. Looking at this list brings back a lot of great memories and reminded me why I have such a love for old cars.
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Depending on your age or your exposure to old cars you will remember the bench seats. Yes, they can still be found in the back of many cars, but there was a time when bench seats were also the front seat. An accessory in many great American cars, they added to the driving experience of these land yachts.
The bench seats have now been replaced with bucket seats so that the gear lever, center console, switches and storage are placed between the two seats.
Get in most old cars and you'll find an ashtray. These began to disappear in the 1990s and by the 2000s they could be offered as an option. Why? It was seen as something that took up space. It happened so quietly that many people didn't notice it. I can't imagine the new Toyota or Honda having multiple ashtrays. The only purpose they served for me was a place to put change.
Next time you're at a car show, look at the size of the trunks of any old car. They are cavernous. You could get lost inside them. There was a time when it was not uncommon for a car to have 25 square feet of trunk space. Now, if you want a big trunk, you're bound to buy a big SUV or pickup truck (personally, that's not a way to live.)
The spacious trunks had to be removed so the cars could become more aerodynamic, which translates to better fuel economy. It's hard to argue with increased fuel economy, but when I have to put a set of golf clubs in the back seat and one in the trunk, it's a little annoying.
Modeled after the Lockheed P-38, tail fins first appeared on the 1948 Cadillac. GM designer and automotive legend Harley Earl has been credited with pioneering the trend. Tail fins were not limited to American cars, as many European cars sported them. Unfortunately, by the mid-1960s, the tail fins were gone.
Space-age interest in the 1950s meant tail fins weren't going to last long.
I always considered tail fins an interesting part of the design language back then, the way larger wheels have become more common today.
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It used to be that every car, not just Jeeps, had a full-size spare, not a space saver. Another feature lost so vehicles can be lighter and smaller.
Floor dimmer switches
Like the bench seat, it was a feature the younger generation may not have been familiar with. The switch was placed near the brake or clutch pedal and was used to turn on the lights. In order to imitate European luxury cars, American manufacturers began placing the control on a joystick on the side of the steering wheel.
The truck I learned to drive in had one and I loved it. I didn't have to move my hands to turn the lights on and off. It also helped with my foot work as I would be heel and toe while having to engage and disengage the lights on the side roads I was driving at night.
If you didn't have air conditioning window vents, that was a godsend. They helped airflow through the car without having to roll the windows down, which at highway speeds can be a little irritating. In the 1980s they began to disappear as air conditioning became a standard feature.
As with everything on this list, it comes down to old cars. Cars that had big steering wheels with thin edges. A time when the steering wheel had only one purpose, to steer the car. I know how they lived without a bunch of buttons on the steering wheel is beyond me.
Fortunately, those dark times are behind us.
Now the horn is part of the steering wheel.
A product of the 1960s, suicide doors meant there was no need for an ab pillar. This meant that the opening was significantly larger and more practical. Security issues killed this feature as there was the possibility of it opening while driving.
Like tail fins, suicide doors were an iconic styling feature that was unique and added a level of character to a car that has been lost in today's modern styling.
These haven't gone away yet, but aren't as prevalent with the rise of technology in cars. Now we see more buttons moved to the steering wheel and a single control button. With touchscreen technology becoming the norm in many other applications, the days of the control button are numbered. Personally, I prefer to keep the buttons.
The automotive world is not so different from the rest of the world, when a better solution is found, the older ones are phased out. outside. Is there anything lost? Yes, but that's how it works.
Luckily, it's still possible to buy old cars with all those features of yesteryear.
Is there something missing from the list, or do you have a good story about a feature that no longer appears in the car? Tell us in the comments!