So, as you may imagine, the past week or so I've done a fair amount of perusing car and car part websites. One thing I noticed, being a car guy, is that there are still vehicles showing up on the drop-down lists that no longer exist: Saturn, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, etc. Now, dedicated car part sites (think JC Whitney) will list all makes and models going back to just about the very beginning (1901, actually). They list parts for Studebaker and Willys.
Mercury stopped existing in 2011, leaving only Ford and Lincoln under the auspices of the big blue oval. Saturn and Pontiac have been gone since 2009; Oldsmobile bowed out in 2004, leaving General Motors down to Chevy, Buick, Caddy, and GMC. Plymouth stopped existing in 2001, meaning that Mopar has been Chrysler and Dodge for a dozen years now. All other American brands - AMC, Packard, Studebaker, etc. are gone, the most recent departure being nearly 30 years ago when AMC was absorbed by Chrysler.
One of the problems I ran into with my 1982 Honda Magna was finding parts for it into the 21st century. There comes a point in a vehicle's lifespan when parts start getting harder to find - and consequently more expensive to obtain. A good friend owns a Ford F-150 with the Harley Davidson package with the supercharger - from 1999 - that he has had to fabricate exhaust parts for because they no longer exist only 12 years later (when he relayed the story).
At what point do vehicles go from "I'm still driving it" to "gee our old LaSalle ran great"?
That is all.