Goodbye, Blue Monday

2014_02_17_Goodbye Blue Monday
Goodbye, Blue Monday

This is interesting; 11 Features You No Longer See in Cars.  Excerpt:

It’s hard to picture what today’s teenagers will wax nostalgic about 30 years from now when they reminisce about their first car. (It still required gasoline, perhaps?) Who knows how automobiles will change in the future; what we do know is how different they are today from 30 or more years ago. If you fondly remember being surrounded by two or three tons of solid Detroit steel with a whip antenna on the front from which you could tie a raccoon tail or adorn with an orange Union 76 ball, and enough leg room that you didn’t suffer from phlebitis on long road trips, then you might also miss a few of these.

A few of these features were really great, and it’s a bit baffling why they are no longer offered.  Tail fins may be a matter of taste, but wing windows were great, as were audible turn signals and big, easy-to-hit horn rings.

Crank windows and manually locking doors aren’t mentioned, but they are highly desirable if you do a lot of banging around on jeep trails.  In a truck that sees hard use, power windows and locks have a way of breaking.  And anything that can break, will break at the

The original utility.
The original utility.

worst possible moment.  Maybe auto manufacturers will start offing these basic, no-frills options again if enough people complain?

Maybe someone (hopefully Ford) will even start making a real utility again.