11 Features You No Longer See in Cars
It’s hard to picture what today’s teenagers will wax nostalgic about 30 years from now when they reminisce about their first car. (It still required gasoline, perhaps?) Who knows how automobiles will change in the future; what we do know is how different they are today from 30 or more years ago. If you fondly remember being surrounded by two or three tons of solid Detroit steel with a whip antenna on the front from which you could tie a raccoon tail or adorn with an orange Union 76 ball, and enough leg room that you didn’t suffer from phlebitis on long road trips, then you might also miss a few of these.Some items are stylistic, like tailfins. Others are signs of the times - there aren't ashtrays or vent windows any more because very few people smoke, and horn rings, while mostly gone before airbags anyways, definitely had to go once the steering wheel exploded into your chest. And some are just better off left to the dustbin of automotive history, replaced by better options - floor-mounted hi-beam switches and knobs among that group.
There are other items that are missing from today's cars that aren't on this list. Carburetors, for starters, and for good reason. Ditto rear windows that don't actually go all the way down. Door locks that looked like a golf tee. Automatic transmissions that you can shift out of park without having to hit the damn brake. Emergency brakes actuated by a handle rather than a pedal.
What's missing from today's cars that you miss?
That is all.