You Can Buy A Classic Car That's Loaded With New Technology

Posted: Nov 25 2019, 8:50am CST | by , in Cars & Vehicles

 

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You Can Buy a Classic Car That's Loaded with New Technology
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Now you can have the best of both worlds: a classic car, but one that is safe and has all the latest technology.

Classic cars are rich in nostalgia and history, but they usually lack the technology and safety features you can find in modern models. That is changing, as the automotive industry is pushing toward classics that are available fully loaded with all the creature comforts found in modern makes and models. Let's take a look at these "new" classics and see what they offer.

Driving a Classic for the First Time

Everyone wants to get their hands on a classic car, but if you're used to modern automotive technology, driving one for the first time can be a jarring experience. These marvels of history are titans on the road, but they lack amenities we've become accustomed to, like air conditioning, power steering, disc brakes and fuel-efficient engines. You'll put a lot more money into the tank of a classic car than you'll ever spend on a modern alternative.

That doesn't stop people from bringing home these cars every year, whenever they can find them, but it has sparked a new trend among restorationists and mechanics — restomods.

Introducing Restomods

Restomods are growing in popularity. Mechanics are restoring classic cars, but instead of taking them back to their factory specifications, they're upgrading them to include modern technology and safety features.

Introducing modern technology into classic cars makes them safer and arguably more fun to drive. Some traditionalists insist on stock restorations, using original equipment wherever they can find it or suitable alternatives to restore them to their former glory. While traditional stock restorations have their place, the goal of these restomods is to make classic cars more accessible to the average driver.

Modifications and Improvements

You'll still have all the character and nostalgia your classic car has to offer, but instead of an AM radio, the dash will feature a full infotainment system. Power windows replace the hand-cranked variety, and you won't have to worry about tail fins creating a blind spot, thanks to a backup camera.

The engine will normally remain the same, but will have modifications that improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. If you live in a state that requires emissions testing, the car will meet those standards as well. Under the hood, you'll also find additions like power steering, disc brakes instead of classic drums, upgraded transmission and coil-over shocks for the most comfortable ride you'll find this side of a modern car.

Make sure you have safe place to store your restomod, and get a lift so you can work on it. Make sure you have one that's specifically designed for classic cars so you don't put strain in unnecessary places.

Looking Forward

There will always be collectors who feel like the only way to restore a classic car is to return it to its factory specifications, but this new trend is bringing classic cars into the 21st century. If you want to add a classic car to your collection, but can't live without power steering and an infotainment system, you don't have to anymore.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.

 

 

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