When "A Nice Personality" Means Something

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"Bigger, Better, Newer" this used to be the tag line of every auto salesman I ever met, but in today's world it should read "smaller, smoother, slower". Americans have a love affair with the automobile, but the love may be dying a slow death as the latest technology, electronics, and smaller engines make today's cars slower and more expensive to service. In the early 1970's the cars did not have some if any of these new features. Older cars have larger engines making them faster, stylish frames and bodies that project a presence, and reliable non-electronic technology that keeps repair costs low. The muscle cars of the 1970's are better than the newest models of today due to these features.

Ask your favorite "Gear Head" to compare the repair costs of new and older cars; his answer might shock you. Tools, such as diagnostic computers, that are required to figure out what the problem is, and precision parts designed and built overseas add up to a large repair bill on newer cars.

Even though it is true to say that one does use some tools on both new and old cars, such as wrenches and screwdrivers; the older cars are easier to maintain due to the lack of modern electronics and high-end technology. Very little beyond those wrenches and screwdrivers are ever needed to repair a muscle car.

Why is it that muscle cars are so popular? The power, of course! Older cars were built for speed and acceleration, "performance", to use a key word in the automotive world. Today's newer fancier cars are being built with smaller and smaller engines. Small engines are fine for a typical drive to the store, but pale in comparison to the large block powerhouses of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Larger engines...