Beirut’s Classic car show is opening its doors to the public from September 7 till September 17 in Beirut Souks, giving all car lovers the chance to enjoy and cherish the Lebanese Motoring Heritage. The aim of this event is to highlight the evolution of Lebanese motoring landscape by showcasing vehicles that have been owned by prestigious Lebanese figures and families since the 1920s. Around 60 vintage cars are present and their current models are displayed for people to see the evolution that led from the classic piece to the modern car. The dealerships participating are: Bassoul Heneine, Kettaneh, Impex, Rymco, Porsche, Gargour & Fils, Centradis and Sidia, Tewtel, and Saad and Trad. Some cars are classics, dating back to the 1920s and others such as The Ford Model T and Porsche 356C shown below represent Lebanese heritage and achievements.
So what is the contrast between modern and classic cars? Continue reading to see how modern models of major car brands compare to their classics.
Purchasers of modern cars typically calculate their ownership period anywhere between 6 months and 5 years before moving on to something newer and better, but classic car owners see it the other way around: the cars will exist beyond their tenure, and they are merely temporary custodians of something that has a life beyond theirs.
All of today’s systems are designed to improve efficiency and safety, but to some extent, they tend to rob the car of its feel and character. Older machines, in contrast, are the real deal. They are delicately balanced mechanical systems comprising hundreds or thousands of individual parts, all tuned to work together in harmony. The driver is a direct extension to the machine, providing inputs and receiving direct, unfiltered feedback through the controls, which results in an authentic experience that is just not possible with the modern equivalent.
Mechanically, they are quite different, too. Modern car engines are effectively a sealed unit, comprising of components that are largely unserviceable by the average person. Simply put, most components are controlled by a central electronic brain, which takes inputs from the driver, and then filters them through systems such as the traction control, electric steering, ABS, and so on.
Classic car production, on the other hand, was largely a manual process performed by craftsmen using simple tools complemented by decades of experience to create panels by hand and by eye. The results of this are creations that have withstood the hardships of daily usage and passing time. Not all are like this, of course. Some were very poorly designed, and built with even less care, but this is ultimately what differentiates classic cars from cars that are just old.
Modern production techniques have also removed much of new cars character. Mass production “systems” complete with soulless computers and robots producing identical parts are focused on one thing: meeting the targets and quotas set by the car manufacturers to maximize efficiency and shareholder profit. All this needs to be done in a way that gets the best out of the engine and transmission—but proper technique also protects the longevity of the ageing components. Getting all this right is inherently more challenging than the modern equivalent of electronic ignition, automatic transmissions and electronic driver aids.
So which do you prefer? Modern, or classic cars?
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