I am 26, and I agree that this generation of cars is just about the pinnacle as far as style and comfort is concerned (my personal opinion of course). However, these cars aren't very practical in this time of $4+ gasoline. I was once an automobile aficionado, however with the cars on the market today, I really don't follow the industry anymore, and fear that it is only going to get worse. I really wish I was fortunate enough to be alive and able to drive during the 50's -70's. That was just a great time here in the U.S. in just about every way, and the cars are certainly no exception. I wonder if anyone will ever look back with nostalgia at our times.
My 1975 Cadillac had a sticker on the engine that read "502 cubic inches," no abbreviations. The sticker faced you as you lifted the hood.
It handled great, much better than it should for its size. Doing 75-80, if I floored it, it kicked like it was downshifting, but what was really happening was that the four barrel carburetor was opening up the two unused barrels.
I loved that car, even though it burned $5 worth of gas in the morning traffic jam.
I would 'give my eye teeth' as the old saying goes to see times like the 1970s again - before the country was wrecked, just to benefit the rich.
I had a 1973 Cadillac during the late 80s and early 90s - what a car! As the above poster pointed out - they handled great, and obviously one felt like a king driving that much heavy mass. I remember back then all the foolish people thought I might actually dislike my car, and envy them their ridiculous 80s Japanese hatchbacks. Oh my, it is hilarious what the lemmings do think, n'est-ce pas?
Yep, the only cars that even compare these days would be the Rolls Royce, and those go for about $300,000. Just think, in those days you could buy a brand new Cadillac or Buick for about 7-8 thousand. That was definitely a lot of car for the money. Oh how times have changed.
Yes, $7,000-$8,000 was also a lower percentage of the average worker's income in those days - maybe 50% of median income in 1976. Nowadays a new Cadillac (as you point out, they don't compare in quality or substance at all with those old ones anyway), is maybe 1.5 times the median income.
Basically the standard of living for all but the very rich has collapsed in the USA.
Yeah, back then we had a skilled, unionized working class group that bought Chevys, Fords, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, and maybe Mercurys. Then you had an upper class, professional group of people who made up the managers/supervisors, who bought Buicks, Lincolns, and Cadillacs.
Today, we have very little of that left due to constant corporate downsizing and outsourcing. While national GDPs have gone up, now it all goes to the rich. Back then, it was a real democracy. Today, it's a plutocracy like the late-1800s again.