Posted by: Lastcardlouis
Posted: 1st May 2015
s says: I like vintage cars 1920's - 1950's.
But I would like to have the safety features added to them from today's cars.
Airbags, park assist etc
Maybe in the future this could be...
Vintage cars are - strictly speaking - those manufactured from 1919 to 1930 inclusive. But these days anything that's older than the person speaking or writing tends to be labelled vintage. The point about the enthusiasts who own, restore, maintain and drive really old cars is that they value them because they represent a snapshot in time, a living picture of what cars were like in, say, 1929 (just happens that I have a 1929 Hudson, which is a monument to the exuberance of America in the heady days before the Wall St. crash).
There are two key reasons for not doing what S suggests: firstly, it's virtually impossible from an engineering standpoint - the technologies involved are just so radically different - and secondly, it would destroy the character of the old cars. This doesn't stop people from trying, but they end up with a car that's neither fish nor fowl and nobody wants it.
Of course there are a few manufacturers who produce cars that look like the oldies but have modern mechanical and of course have to comply with the various current standards and design rules. The go well, feel like modern cars and look almost like the ones they're trying to replicate but they never quite hit it. And they go out of business.
Back to the shed...