Cars are becoming more and more regulated to the point that barely any of them have any real personalities and are more just things that get you from a to b in relative comfort and that’s that.
It’s all starting to feel a bit stagnant, sure we have cars that go a bit faster than others, but that’s about it when it comes to the versatility of automobiles. Reviews will try to tell you otherwise with their contrasting star ratings, but have you ever noticed that on any car site that lets the reader or public rate cars, pretty much every single car floats around the 4 stars out of 5 mark. Things have all become very mundanely good.
Take the Triumph Spitfire for example, a classic two seater designed by Giovanni Michelotti who was Italian, but we won’t dwell on that too much. The Spitfires were built in Coventry and they look much better than any car that is on the road today, especially the Mark I model, which I actually think looks pretty modern. It’s not a car that’s obsessed with looking aggressive and sporty like all of today’s cars but it still packs a punch that’s for sure. The Spitfire has also got a proud racing history that you can read about on CRARACING.NET.
Rolls Royce Corniche
Another car that I would pick over any of today’s offerings is the Rolls Royce Corniche, a cabriolet Silver shadow that looks like the kind of vehicle you can imagine a dictator driving. I miss the times when designers would let things pop and give a vehicle layers and gradient. Like how the grille triangles out over the bonnet, with the impressive Rolls Royce “Spirit of Ecstasy mascot stood on top of it. These cars were exciting to look at because designers had free reign, and didn’t have to worry about how streamlined the car would look and rounding everything down which in my opinion dulls down the cars. Look at the two pictures below and tell me which has more character? I’d take a second hand Corniche before a brand new Phantom Coupe any day of the week.
When I talk about classics I don’t just mean luxurious models form prestigious brands that only the rich can afford. Take the Volkswagen Golf for example, a car that has seen nothing but success but I can’t help but feel that the Golf is dining off of it ancestors as it’s not really too different to any of the other countless hot hatches that populate the market these days. Based on the actual drive, it’s quite hard to tell the difference between the Audi A3, the SEAT Leon or the Skoda Octavia these days. The Golf is another car that has fell victim to the rounded bubble style like the Rolls Royce, nothing is defined or distinguished, it’s like staring into a face that has no features. Unsurprisingly then, I’d take a second hand Volkswagen Golf over a new one.