I usually mark automotive epochs by the cars I see in significant volume in the junkyards. At one point there was a lot of British stuff there – MGBs, Marinas, Spitfires, Rovers and the like – and then they seemed to disappear. Next came the French – Le Cars, 504s, 605s, – with their funny fat seats, and tippy-toe suspension travel. Next came the Japanese, and then the Koreans, and finally a huge number of Range Rovers hit the lots – British once again, I guess closing some sort of junk yard circle of life.
Before they hit the yards, all those cars were at one point or another on the roads, or at the very least broken down on the sides of them. They arrived on dealers lots, people bought them and then drove them to places people go when they need a car to get there, and they were used up. Little by little they fell from fashion and even modest ubiquity on the road. Think of it, when was the last time you saw a Renault Alliance GTA on the street?
You may not miss that Franco-American with paper mâché durability but I’ll bet there are other less common sights today that you do. What are some cars that you used to see all the time that you now miss?