Back in the sixties all the manufacturers had various attempts at replacing the traditional steering wheel. They had twin dials on the steering wheel, wheels beside the seat, don't remember joysticks but I have a collection of MI and PM from back then.Miata Man said:GM isn't going to try to retrain me to drive with a joy stick but instead they will let me enjoy new technology in a nostalgic recognizable package.
So excellent Halo players will be better drivers? :willy:todd_raleigh said:I can't speak for Miata Man, but I read an article where auto mfgs are looking at different ways of attracting buyers. One thing they are looking at is replacing the steering wheel with a joy stick because all the up and coming teenagers are playing electronic games and have good utilization skills with a joy stick. I also believe they did a study and that age group would prefer to use a joy stick vs. steering wheel. I don't know how they could determine if one was better than the other because they aren't of legal driving age...but, you get the point - they have experience and good motor skills with they joystick.
THE roadster that started this all in the US was the MGTC the troops brought home. clamshell fenders, upright grille, no trunk. It does have a little MGA in it and some XK120, AC Ace.waiting said:I remember reading somewhere that Lutz said this was his updated design of the classic roadster. A classic roadster would have to be European, wouldn't it? Sure the US had some great cars, the corvette included, but I think of Porches and Jags.
But the money-value equivilency is like 60k+... (20k was a LOT more to people back then even beyond the inflation values).mceb said:An old thread on the subject:
I think we figured out if you adjust price of 53 vette it comes to real close to 20k in today's dollars
I'm saying:mceb said:Other way around, 53 vette was like 3K or something when it came out so that adjusts to today's 20k
No, that's taking into account inflation, devaluation etc. If the 53 vette as compared to rest of GM lineup were freshly out today it would be spot on where the Solstice is. Back in 50's the average annual income was about $3500 (or maybe less) The annual income was aboutr equal to the price of fullsize family car. Today a lot of people make more but the average is still in low 20's which is still equivalent to full size family car. 60k is where the cars like vette and viper have approached. But that's a different story.Fortimir said:But the money-value equivilency is like 60k+... (20k was a LOT more to people back then even beyond the inflation values).
Welcome to the forums!!!pfoster35 said:I have to agree with brentil. The inspiration seems to be a British Roadster. Just look at this article from Car and Driver.
The Solstice is displayed in front of 4 of them.
I would consider the Solstice a modern upgrade of my MGB.