Classic Cars That Shaped the Automotive Industry

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Technology changes at breakneck speed. But unlike technology such as mobile phones or computers that quickly become unfashionable, the automotive industry has relics from the past that are not only beautiful, but also highly sought after. These classics have been key in new developments and technology in car design.

The Beginnings

The mass production and sale of the automobile begin in 1908 with Ford’s Model T. It came in any color you wanted as long as what you wanted was black. Despite the lack of choices offered to consumers, the Model T remains a unique antique, borrowing design details you see in horse-drawn carriages.

By the late 1920s, Ford was producing the Model A, which had a curvier design, including its double curve radiator. The engine got a significant boost, offering a top speed of 65mph, about 20 more than the Model T. The Model A had more chrome and stainless steel, and it was also featured in more than one color.

Bringing the Muscle

The Mustang is perhaps one of the most well-known cars ever produced. Early models had a long hood and short deck, yet it was still affordable and offered in some customized styles. It has become a true cultural icon.

Oddly, though many consider the Mustang a muscle car, it’s actually a “Pony Car,” and was so popular that Pontiac and Chevrolet developed versions in that style, the most glaring characteristics of which are the long hood and short deck.

Sleek and Serious

A Ferrari or Lamborghini probably get top billing when it comes to sports cars. However, the Corvette is among the top American made sports cars that are considered affordable. It hit the market in 1953 and has since captured the imagination of car enthusiasts everywhere.

Off-Road Adventure

Most 4x4s aren’t exactly built for adventure on trails or sand, even though they’re marketed that way. However, the Jeep is one that has the design and the functionality to take outdoor enthusiasts where they want to be.

The Jeep Wrangler, perhaps the most popular off-road vehicle ever produced, has an angular design and the engine that makes it the classic that it is today. You can find a Jeep club in just about every major city in the U.S., and owners are constantly adding on to their beloved Jeeps with modified light racks, bumpers, entry guards, grab handles and floor liners.

Maxing Out the Innovation

Today’s automobiles are packed full of sensors, making the driving experience easier and safer. Tesla is a company that could be the poster child for innovation in the automotive industry. The Model-S was the first electric vehicle to iron out all the things car enthusiasts hated about electric vehicles. Tesla is now developing full self-driving vehicle technology that could be the future of the industry.

Where do you see the future of the automotive industry and what are your customers asking for today?

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