I am a fan of retro styling, don’t get me wrong. I think the new generation of muscle cars, the Challenger, Mustang, Camaro all make for attractive cars. Not so hot on the new Fiat 500, and the Stratos concept shows there are some things you should just leave alone.
Surely, looking back is a nice way to cash in on nostalgia, but where does it leave us when all the classic models have been ‘rethought’? Will we be seeing a new gen VB Commodore, or Ford Cortina coming onto the market, something that won’t need too as much thought put into from an aesthetic point of view?
On the other hand, where do we go if we don’t have these classic designs to look to/plagiarise? The need for something exciting in the way of car design, which hasn’t been done before, leads us to designs like the Nissan Cube, or the Toyota Ruckus, the latter not really living up to it’s moniker.
So for exciting car design, something which makes you look twice, we are left with the days of old. I am not talking of supercars here, I am talking of everyday run around cars, the ones you park next to, the ones that you learn to drive in, the ones you are stuck with. Do you want to know my idea? Well I’m going to tell you anyhow…
Let’s just start raiding the wrecking yards, hitting Ebay, anything you can do, and find old cars to drive. There will be parts available for them, and although you may compromise on reliability, they’re easier to work on than current offerings from manufacturers. If you are going to be driving a car that is styled on something from the 60s, 70s, whenever, why pay excess when you can go the whole hog and drive something that was built in the 60s, 70s, whenever?
Many thanks to the owner, who gave me a short history on the car, the most interesting part being that it was owned by Bill Brown. Poor Bill, his most famous accolade is being the man who broke a Falcon’s back on top of Mount Panorama.
The pictures are my own.