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Old 12-01-2014, 03:27 AM
 
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Luxury cars in the 70s were ahead of their time. They tried many "space age" concepts. Most were total failures, but still innovative never the less. It was more the people were not ready for them than anything.

Luxury cars back then were still quiet inside and had a very smooth ride. They had pretty much everything cars today have from power locks, windows, steering, brakes, seats, mirrors. Many even had on-board computers! The only thing really lacking was the sound systems were not as good and of course there was no navigation and parking assist. Really most of the advancements in cars has been in safety, emissions and gas mileage. Even with safety I think a 1978 Caprice would do better in a collision with an 18 wheeler than most cars today.

Those "kiddie cars" that gain popularity in the 70s and into the 80s were death traps. Remember the AMC Pacer? They also were usually stripped down with power nothing! Today the airbags are what given you a chance. The good thing is almost every car today has the once luxury items as standard features. Most of the optional stuff today are really bells and whistles.
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Luxury cars in the 70s were ahead of their time. They tried many "space age" concepts. Most were total failures, but still innovative never the less. It was more the people were not ready for them than anything.

Luxury cars back then were still quiet inside and had a very smooth ride. They had pretty much everything cars today have from power locks, windows, steering, brakes, seats, mirrors. Many even had on-board computers! The only thing really lacking was the sound systems were not as good and of course there was no navigation and parking assist. Really most of the advancements in cars has been in safety, emissions and gas mileage. Even with safety I think a 1978 Caprice would do better in a collision with an 18 wheeler than most cars today.

Those "kiddie cars" that gain popularity in the 70s and into the 80s were death traps. Remember the AMC Pacer? They also were usually stripped down with power nothing! Today the airbags are what given you a chance. The good thing is almost every car today has the once luxury items as standard features. Most of the optional stuff today are really bells and whistles.
Meh. I prefer power nothing. Well...that's not true. Brakes and steering. That's it.
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:45 AM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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Even with safety I think a 1978 Caprice would do better in a collision with an 18 wheeler than most cars today.
I don't think it matters what kind of car your in if you have a collision with an 18 wheeler!
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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. Even with safety I think a 1978 Caprice would do better in a collision with an 18 wheeler than most cars today.
That's not true at all. We all like to think these big pieces of rolling iron would fair better in a wreck, but they just don't.

Here's a 1959 Bel-Air vs a 2009 Malibu. Guess who's walking away?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtxd27jlZ_g
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