Oh how I remember those new car introductions in early September every year. With the unveiling of the new 2014 Corvette, the Auto Show in Detroit, and the auctions in Arizona there is a lot of activity in the automotive world. Course then again, if you are not a car guy, you probably are unaware of any of this. However, it has caused me to reflect on growing up with new cars being introduced in September for the coming year. Not in January for the next year!
It’s hard to believe that in the 50’s and 60’s we were treated to new designs, generally requiring substantial retooling, each year. As teenagers, my buddies and I would try to see through the cracks in the construction paper that went up every year, shielding the new models from the public driving by. We couldn’t wait to see what Detroit was offering for the new year.
When one looks back at the model years of GM cars for example, consider the changes made to the general sedan 1956 to 57, 57 to 58, then again 59 thru 63, on and on. Now the car you buy this year will resemble very close the same model next your and the year after, especially in the look. And, there is little to any excitement generated as to the new models. The closest to anticipation lately was with the new Ford Taurus and the Chevrolet Corvette.
How I miss the construction paper and painted out windows in the old days.