Remember These Features Cars Used to Have?
When powered windows came onto the market they became so overwhelmingly favored to roll-ups that car manufacturers made them standard on the majority of models. These days, hand-crank manual windows can only be found in the most bare-bones of economy models and in some commercial utility trucks. I sometimes wish manual windows had stuck around longer, as additional powered systems are just one more thing to go wrong in the long run.
Side panels on cars with wood adhesive, and wood-grain metal panels, are used by car manufacturers to evoke the nostalgia of the “woodies” of yesteryear. Things have changed in recent years, and the faux wood is now strewn about the inside of many cars. It is used as decoration for the dashboard and door panels in mid-level models that want to portray a classier look.
Around the late 1980s, lawmakers and car manufacturers agreed that the ornaments on the hoods of cars were far too dangerous for pedestrians. During their peak use, hood ornaments, like the infamous Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star or Cadillac’s wreath, were popular with thieves who would break them off. There are still some stand-up hood ornaments out there today, but they are built with modern spring designs that will easily bend if there is a car-pedestrian collision. These days, most hood ornaments are flush-mounted on the grills or front paneling of cars, and some lay flat on the front of the hood of the car.
There are much less people that smoke today compared to a number of years back. These days, 18 percent of all Americans are smokers compared to 42 percent back in 1964. There are still cars that come with the “smoker’s package” model, which will likely include an ashtray and a push-in/pop-out cigarette lighter, but they’re rare. Most of the 12-volt lighter-plugs that you see these days are only there to fit cell-phone chargers. In modern-day models, USB ports now take the spot on the dashboard that was once occupied by the ashtray.
Standard Size Spare Tires
Full-size spare tires were phased out because emissions mean everything these days. Lighter vehicles mean better fuel-economy, and a smaller spare means more trunk capacity. Most car buyers opt for just a little donut of a tire for emergencies, knowing that a tow truck is just a call on their cell phone away.