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Old 5th March 2002, 02:06   #1
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OT: car perceptions now and before. Your opinion, please

naturally i am generalizing and it's MHO, but I would say that currently the public perception is as follows:

German made cars have the reputation of having a soul, fun-to-drive, good handling

Japanese cars are reliabile (gas and go), and a good value, but not exciting

American cars are at best of average quality. there are some stand-outs, but on the whole below average in quality.

What was the perception during the 60's?

German cars: i have no idea

Japanese cars: i think they just started making cars. And the cars they did make, were they of low quality?? sort of like the history of Korean cars??

American cars: I think of muscle cars. was this their greatest era? were these cars considered the best?

During the 50's:

German cars: no idea

Japanese cars: i don't think they made cars yet.

American cars: muscle cars again?? just don't know.

so if someone out there who knows the history of cars or is a little older than me, please fill in the blanks.
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Sounds interesting... wonder how come no one responded yet...
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I thought we have quite a few distinguished "geezers" on this board who can answer this query. LOL. Don't be shy, speak up.
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I think they're pretty shy...but now what about the 70's, 80's and even maybe the 90's? I guess you could say that in the 70's cars were slowly making the switch to economy cars from the huge gas guzzlers of years past. The 80's were full of "boring" cars for a bit before finally shifting during the later part of that decade. The 90's brought a real explosion of truly exciting cars heightened by the stock boom sometime in the mid-1990's.
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