What's the big deal with the retro thing?

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
Marty4650 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,552
Re: Some styles are timeless

mr moonlight wrote:

If you made this same car with modern parts while still keeping true to the original design, we'd have something like the X100. Sure, it may have a digital readout on the dash and tire pressure sensors, but it would feel a lot like the original. It would be like having all the perks of a classic car without the headache.

The new Porsche 911 is pretty much the same car... with modern parts. In 1963 it costs around $6,000, but today it will cost around $90,000, and could go up as high as $193,600 based on model and options selected.

There are a few reasons for this huge price increase:

  • Inflation alone would take the price to $45,000 today
  • There are safety and emissions controls that didn't exist in 1963
  • The new version really is a pretty amazing car, that accelerates, brakes, steers, and does virtually everything better than it did in 1963.

The dream car that I would love to see remade as a modern version is this one....

The Volkswagen Kharmann-Ghia Convertible coupe was an absolutely stunning car design. Unfortunately it was nothing more than a VW Beetle wearing much nicer clothing. But i still loved the way it looked.

Since VW does make a convertable Beetle today, and it costs around $30,000, I'd assume it could be styled like the classic Kharmann-Ghia for around the same price. Same insides, different skin....

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