When you look at old cars, 90% of them look like classics. And they all have amazing shapes, interiors, sounds.
I've been to a few car shows and meets irl and I see all these restored classics, then I go back to the car park of all the visitors to go home and I look at the cars and I see 0 classic car material for the future. Who'd want to go see a Ford fiesta or a Fiat punto or any other modern car sitting in a field with tonnes of others? They have 0 character, they're all cheaply made, they all look the same, sound the same, the interiors are all plastic and fake leather with cloth seats that are rock hard.
It just makes me think, what are our "classic" cars of the 2000's and beyond going to be?
This may not spark discussion and it was just a bit of a ramble that I needed to get off my shoulder
I think it's easier for a high-end vehicle to become sought after past its time simply due to the uncommonality and typically unique features it may possess. Brands like Jaguar (XJL), Bentley (Continental), Cadillac (CTS,DTS, Escalade), Audi (A4, A5, A8, R8), Porsche (Panamera), Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz (CLS, S-Class, SLR), Tesla (Model S, Model X), etc. seem to produce some pretty neat looking vehicles. As for more economy type stuff, off the top of my head, I think the Chrysler 300, Lincoln MKT, Nissan 370Z, Mitsubishi Lancer, Hyundai Genesis, Ford Flex, Mazda Miata, and Volkswagen CC may be future classics. A large portion of the future classics will be the continuations of timeless classics such as the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, Hummer models, Chevy Corvette and Camaro, Rolls Royce Phantom, Land Rover models, Merecedes-Benz SLS, Mini Cooper, Porsche 911, Volkswagen Beetle, Jeep Wrangler, etc.
I do think that unique and appealing timeless aesthetics are no longer a focus of many large manufacturers and that cheaply mass-produced plastic economy type vehicles will take over soon enough. I really do like where Volkswagen, Cadillac, Audi, Tesla, Lincoln, Chrysler, Jaguar, GMC, and Dodge are taking their vehicle design though.
I have to agree. I drive what I drive because it's covered if something goes wrong with it and it's outside the realm of my checkbook to repair it myself. It gets me where I'm going, but I'm not attached to it. There is nothing fun about driving it. Electronic throttle control is the death of fun. You think video games have input lag? Try driving my 2011 GMC. New vehicles are appliances with four wheels. Shapeless blobs, so as to not be unappealing (nor appealing) to anyone, and painted in colors that did well when they were researched within the age group that the large corporation intends to market the vehicle to. There has barely been anything worth mentioning in the realm of vehicle production since about 1979 or so... In my opinion. The last real golden age was the 1960's. Everything since then has been corporations resting on their laurels and producing cheap knock offs so boring that they are actually insulting all while seemingly screaming "HEY REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE COOL!?...LET'S PLAY DRESS UP AND PRETEND TOGETHER!".
Indeed. Companies are just knocking out cars every year because money. There's no heart gone into making them, and it really shows in the end product.
As for Torenos point, yeah, it's much easier for higher price cars to become classics because they still have some of that heart put into them because they get paid for it. Stuff like handstitched leather, handbuilt engines with the persons name who built it on a plate, no plastic trims drilled to the frame etc etc