Originally Posted by landmannnn
I don't have a problem with nostalgia and preferring old cars to modern ones, a matter of personal choice.
Today's cars are faster, safer, more economical, better braked, more reliable, less polluting, more durable and more comfortable. So yes, an old banger may be more engaging to drive and more fun, just don't try to claim it is better.
I take your point about the positive points of modern cars - believe it or not, my 2007 Nissan Micra 1.2 Activ is half a second faster from 0 to 60mph than the original Lotus Cortina (see links below) - but I think maybe you've missed the point about what you want a car to be or do.
If you want quick, safe, economical reliable transportation for a number of passengers and their luggage, you pretty much can't buy a bad car these days. On a budget of £15-20k, anything new from Ford or Vauxhall will fit the bill. Got £30-£80k to spend? You'll probably be happy with anything Audi, BMW or Mercedes can sell you. If money's tight, Dacia do a range of perfectly good cars for under £10k new.
If you want to interact with a car, to enjoy
the way it sounds, feels and even smells
, I'll be so bold as to say that modern cars, even very, very expensive ones, suffer from an overdose of artificiality, a glut of synthesized sound, faux feel and synthetic smell that fails to replicate the emotions a good classic can instil in you (well, me anyway).
Let's look at a case study, Ferrari.
Given a big enough Euromillions win, I'd have a Ferrari in my car collection.
But it wouldn't be new.
Why would I want a gearbox that changes gear in one nanosecond for me at 190mph, when I could have the everyday pleasure of the mechanical clack-clack of the slim, chrome wand of a classic Ferrari manual gear lever as it slots perfectly from second to third across a polished aluminium gate as I pop to the shops in Town?
Why would I want a race tuned, flat-plane crank engine that sounds like the death wail of an alien warrior at full chat when I can have music
from a Colombo V12?
IMHO modern 'supercars' have lost the plot. It's become all about speed. About power. About pub (wine bar?) talk statistics - my car can change gear one nanosecond faster than yours.
Well, I'm boycotting the dealerships of Lamborghini, Ferrari and McLaren until they start building cars with proper manual gearboxes. Cars with real feel to the steering. Cars with soul
Now, where's that lottery ticket...