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Thank you 1Zumba friend for inspiring us about this topic. As I always repeat for my colleagues, students, family, & friends; it could be only one single word, what you are actually looking for to be inspired for a complete new project, topic, or a life matter. This is all what it takes: one single word! 😉
So the question which presented itself was: if classic cars are that expensive, why don’t car manufacturers re-produce them again? 😯
My team made their search and came up with valuable answers for you:
- The value comes from the age and rarity of the car and factors like popularity at the time
If you were to do re release then age and rarity go out the window. You’d have to use modern techniques and comply with modern safety and emission standards. The older designs just overall wouldn’t be desirable to the average consumer. Long story short those cars would actually end up being worthless rather than valuable.
if release and how it was originally manufactured and the materials used. The design conventions of the time and so forth and so forth. Most important you need collectors / car enthusiast that are actually willing to pay those prices.
- If they would re-release the same models, they would become less rare and the model as a whole would decrease in value, making them worthless once more.
- The age of the car also depends, a re-release would mean reproduction, and no matter how beautiful or well made,reproduction is still a reproduction. Most classic cars have collectors value, a reproduction lacks this.
- Retooling. You’d have to shift production over to making different parts. Since most of the makers plan their production well in advance, it’s not a huge barrier, but it’s a valid one.
- There’s the materials issue. Part of what makes the classics classic is what they’re made of. Steel is more expensive than plastic and fiberglass. This limits the price they can charge, which limits the possible sales.
- Legal reasons: The old school engines weren’t as fuel efficient, produced more pollutants and in a few cases wouldn’t run properly on standard unleaded gas ( though that isn’t a big barrier)
So, they’d basically be cramming a modern drive train into a classic body. That’s fine, plenty would still buy it, but a lot wouldn’t. You can’t build an old school muscle car anymore. That segment of the potential market is going to hate a charger body with a standard modern engine.
Then that same community becomes a problem. Which corvette do you reproduce? Which mustang? Heck, which decade?
Let’s pick one like the Chevy bel air. Great model, with only a few years that are considered super desirable classics design wise. You could narrow the choices to the 55,56, and 57 fairly easily.
Build the chassis and body exactly the same, put in modern safety equipment and add ons like good air conditioning and a great stereo. There’s several good choices to replace the original motor with.
You could even go hybrid. You’ve got a great looking car with great performance. But it isn’t a classic. I’d buy one for sure (the 57 is the perfect car for my tastes), if I could afford it. I doubt you could produce it and expect to pay less than 50 k for it. 😛
Instead they use the old names on new designs. Chevy did the impala a while back, and it didn’t suck. It’ll also never be a classic. As much as I would love to have one of my favorite classic cars remade and running the streets, it just isn’t feasible. Besides, it would also sort of suck. As it is, if I see a cherry 57 it’s a big deal. My heart skips a beat at the beauty of it. If there were more of them, the joy at seeing a restored, lovingly maintained one becomes meh.
There is plenty to be said about old cars, I personally think that the history they carry with them, for some, is the most important part. I’m not an expert in that field though 😎