Cars Then & Now

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A Retrospective
Cars have been rolling on U.S. roads for more than 100 years, and many auto companies, brands and nameplates have come and gone during that first tumultuous century of world wars, economic development, oil crises, ecological awareness and technological change. So why do certain stalwart vehicles remain popular throughout human and automotive generations? Why do some wheeled wonders not only survive but thrive despite bad economic times, changing tastes, social mores and public opinion? Nameplates such as Suburban, Charger, Mustang and Civic have been around for decades, while others such as Continental, Giulia and NSX disappeared temporarily and then came around again. Although the names have stayed the same, the products have undergone significant changes. Let’s look at some original models and compare them with their current counterparts.

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