If you are a person in your forties or fifties, and you have fond recollections of your first car, more than likely you owned an All-American muscle car. There is a growing movement of people throughout the United States shopping for classic muscle cars to restore. The primary reason for this is simply because nobody produces cars like this anymore. Everyone seems to be asking themselves why no one has started to develop muscle cars again.
Ford and Chevy continue to produce Mustangs and Camaros after their introduction during the sixties. The problem tends to be that with each passing version, they move away from the fierce power of a muscle car towards something more technologically advanced. Can we ever be able to experience a car that has a 327 and a 4 barrel carburetor again? The unfortunate truth is we most likely won't have one ever again.
The actual concern is that people want to constantly improve things just for the sake of it. For example the 1967 Camaro that is certainly one of the most popular muscle cars ever created. Despite its popularity, Chevy chose to stop making this particular version. The same goes for the 1966 Mustang, which is actually another classic that Ford just decided had not been worth making.
So now here comes the funny aspect. Volkswagen saw the potential to reproduce the VW Bug and they did. The newest Beetle sold well despite its ultra modern design. Had they stuck to the original style, they could have sold more. It's difficult to be successful if you always believe that doing things a new way is always better.
One of the most important thing is this. What would you do if Chevy declared that they were manufacturing a new Camaro with a 327 engine and a 4 barrel carburetor with no modern technology? I've actually questioned hundreds of folks in recent times and they all say that they would go out an get one. So what is the issue with the automobile businesses? When there is a request for a thing that is back-to-basics, can't the car companies listen?
When will Ford or GM determine that it is a good chance to build cars like the good old days? I think that they may become hot specialties. But until the big companies realize that there is a demand for these kinds of vehicles we are going to be forced to keep looking through the junk yards and rebuilding the classic American muscle cars.
Maybe eventually a muscle car enthusiast will be the CEO of Ford or GM and decide to start making muscle cars again. As of today, the prevailing leaders simply believe adding new technology will make a better muscle car. It is probably a better idea just to get back to your roots.