At one time these cars were many years ahead of their own era – they still look fresh and relevant. We remembered the 10 most striking examples of eternal youth.
The popular at that time model was produced from 1995 to 2004 with sedan bodies, wagon and coupe. Especially the French managed to make a two-door model, the appearance of which was worked on by specialists from the famous Pinininfarina studio. There is a legend that originally this design concept was created for a new Ferrari sports car, but for some reason the Italians “wrapped” the project.
Porsche has been manufacturing 911 sports cars for over half a century, but today’s cars are still very similar to those of the 1960s. For example, the fourth generation model still looks fresh and relevant. Despite the significant external resemblance to the classic 911s of the previous generations, the “993rd” has no common parts in the body and suspension design.
The Japanese roadster, which was completed more than 10 years ago, still looks newer than many modern sports cars. The cult model still holds the record for the number of horsepower removed from 1 liter of the working volume of the atmospheric engine among production cars. The Honda S2000’s first-generation two-litre inflatable four produced an incredible 250 horsepower for this volume.
The four-seater Japanese sports car had many non-standard solutions, such as the lack of central poles and small swing rear doors opening against the direction of travel. And, of course, it is also a rotary engine – the RX-8 became the last model of Mazda, equipped with the Wankel engine of unusual design. For 10 years of its existence, the sports car has received about 40 various international awards. By the way, the Japanese still do not give up hope to revive the model with the legendary rotary piston engine.
Toyota Supra Turbo
Many Japanese sports cars from the nineties and early zeroes had an innovative design that was far ahead of its time. Therefore, these cars continue to look very fresh to this day. Toyota Supra of the fourth generation is no exception. Now Japanese produce essentially new car, developed together with BMW. But who will dare to say that the original “Supra” has aged?
The Nissan 300ZX stopped producing almost 20 years ago, but the car still looks quite bright. Numerous international awards and victories in motorsports, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, have given the model a cult status. Now Nissan is developing a Z-family car of the next generation, which with a modern technical filling will preserve stylistic features of its famous predecessors.
The BMW Z8, developed with the famous Henrik Fisker, was conceived as the ideological successor to the legendary BMW 507 of the 50s roadster – one of the most beautiful cars in history. Initially, the Germans were going to stop development at the concept car stage, but after an enthusiastic response from the press and the public decided to launch the model in a series. The sports car even became the official James Bond car in the movie “And the whole world is not enough” with Pierce Brosnan in the lead role.
Aston Martin DB7
DB7 was created by Jan Callum, famous for his cars for the Ford, Jaguar and Aston Martin brands. The British sports car was developed in the era of Ford’s financial support and was conceived as a relatively affordable six-cylinder alternative to the much more expensive hand-built V8 Virage. However, the model had a really “evil” version V12 Vantage with a 420-horsepower engine, which can reach 300 km per hour.
The Ferrari 360 is probably the first modern car of the Italian brand with which it has met the new millennium. When designing the body, the Pinininfarina has moved away from the angular tradition of turning over headlights to much smoother lines. The Ferrari 360 with its lightweight aluminum construction was equipped with a 400 hp V8 engine, thanks to which the sports car scored the first “hundred” in 4.5 seconds.
Plymouth Prowler was on the conveyor belt for a very short time – only from 1997 to 2002. At the same time, the model has the status of one of the most unusual serial cars in history. Indeed, the Plymouth brand itself has not existed for almost 20 years, and the “Tramp” still looks as if it came from another planet.
The older cars are better than the new ones.
- Long-life engines
Indeed, experience shows that power units used to require repair less frequently and were easier to carry. The engines of most cars in the 1950s and 1980s could be repaired repeatedly. The main parts of the cylinder piston group had 3 to 5 repair sizes, the cylinders allowed two or three times the boring.
- Comfortable and strong undercarriage
Old cars often had a rather complicated suspension, designed for roads of mediocre quality, so the ride was noticeably more comfortable in difficult conditions… Modern suspension of many mass models are much simpler than the previous ones for the convenience of conveyor assembly.
- Independence from service
All operations on repair and maintenance of old generation cars could be performed independently, in garage conditions. Without all diagnostic scanners and testers. And now often even changing a light bulb requires zeroing the error in the electronic block.
- Details separately.
Older cars were often cheaper to repair, because any consumable part was replaced separately, not completely with the entire assembly unit (suspension lever, hub, steering, etc.).
- Strong trim details.
Instead of plastic and sprayed paint “under the chrome” in the fittings of old cars used steel and durable galvanic coating. Door handles, radiator grilles, moldings and nameplates did not break or “climb” after two or three years of operation.
As a conclusion, we can say that many benefits had to pay for the speed and ease of assembly, reducing the cost of cars and the emergence of more complex electronics. Therefore, progress is progressing, we should not dwell on the past, but also forget about the benefits of more expensive, but quality production is not worth it.