In my last article I noted that a Challenger V6 would be quite the attention grabber in around 50 years’ time. But if the car show was nothing but challenger V6’s even I’ll have to admit it could become stale quite quickly, so what else would make you just stop and demand your attention in Car-O-Rama 2064?
As cars become ever more complex and more technologically advanced the biggest issues with keeping them running for a really long time will be less engine related and more tech-related. Software rot is a thing that actually exists and it’s coming to your cars at an unknown speed. A Mercedes S600 that survives half a century with all its computers actually functional and those dual 12-inch screens in working order would be a sight to behold indeed. So would something like a Citroen C4 Cactus with its airbumps all in order.
Then there are cars that don’t survive a lot thanks to their owners. I’d love to see an unrestored and unmolested Subaru WRX STI. A FIAT 500 Abarth would also be quite a treat, although that’s a bit of an egotistical choice as the Abarth is one of the best cars in the market today in your author’s opinion.
Finally there are the ones that are rare now and will not get any more common in the future. The Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost is only available in one trim level and with a manual transmission only, at least stateside. Not precisely the thing that makes people flock into the dealerships in droves, the fact that it has a sealed-for-life timing chain will not help matters on the longevity front either.
So what do you think? What would be the most amazing thing you could find in that car show 50 years from now?