In the 1960s and 1970s, America was in what has become known as the Muscle Car Era. With cars like the Ford Mustang, Ford Thunderbird, Chevy Camaro, Chevy Chevelle, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, AMC Javelin, Pontiac Firebird, and Pontiac GTO – it is not hard to see how that era received that distinction. Today, however, few true muscle cars remain. The Ford Mustang is the only of those to have been in continuous production since its debut, but the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camero have returned. This leads one to question, what will we fondly remember as we look back to today?
Photos of all the cars mentioned in this post are in the slideshow.
Will we remember Chevy’s Malibu or Ford’s Fusion? Will we remember the Toyota Prius or other hybrid models? Is this the era of the hybrid car? I hope not. I have no problem with hybrid cars. They are practical and are environmentally friendly, all qualities I look for in a car, but these are not the types of cars we remember. Few people hail the practical cars from history. What then will we remember? Super Cars.
Jay Leno said on BBC’s Top Gear that hybrid and electric cars will become the norm. This allows the muscle and super cars to continue to exist, however. So what are the cars of today that will be the classics of tomorrow? Here is the list (in no particular order):
-Ferrari 458 Italia
-Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
-Aston Martin DBS
-Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
-Porsche 911 GT3 RS
-Aston Martin One-77
And the list goes on and on…. These are all cars that have come out in the last decade. And there are still more to come including the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Acura NSX. So while auto manufactures scramble to build cars that achieve the best gas milage, they are still building cars like these. While some people complain, I think they are important. The automotive world would be dull if all we ever talked about was small displacement engines and MPG. We need the occasional impractical car with a massive V12. All the cars listed above have well over 500 horsepower and a few them actually achieve decent gas milage.
As our technology improves, so do our super cars. Compare any of these cars to the super cars a decade previous and you get the McLaren F1 and the Ferrari F40. Again, great cars, but they are part of a much smaller group. With all these options are super car owners still a part of an exclusive group? Of course, it still takes a fat wallet to buy any of these cars, and a continuous supply of money to keep them fueled. Nevertheless, they are all important because they are exciting, and they give us something more to talk about than MPG.