Sadly, drivers say, today’s cars just don’t measure up to wonders of old
In a year when General Motors and Chrysler have taken a quick trip through bankruptcy court and are being supported with taxpayer dollars, this cruise had participants feeling more nostalgic than ever about their vehicles. With GM now pushing cars like the whispery-quiet electric Volt, destined to get 230 mpg, the thundering, fuel-guzzling beasts that marked America’s love affair with the car are a dwindling breed, and a rare sight on the road.
As the industry turns toward more fuel-efficient and even electric vehicles, classic car owners worry the soul of the cars that symbolized personal freedom, speed, status and sex appeal has been lost. In their place, the highways are filled with identical sedans that hum along, one just like the other, none more spectacular than the next.