Think about the use of the phrase dial a phone number. Or, relatedly, the dial tone. The simple fact of the matter is that for the most, part phones haven’t had dials for decades, and an entire generation has grown up possibly never seeing one outside of an old movie.
The world’s automotive lexicon is also filled with obsolete – or soon to be – terms, and names for things we simply no longer use any more. Curb feelers? Sealed Beams? Whitewalls? Do any of these mean anything to you? Hello? Bueller, Bueller. . . Well, of course they mean something to you, after all you’re Hoons, and some of you probably own or have intimate knowledge of cars or trucks that possess one or more of these antiquated features.
But for many, these – and even things that are still as seemingly commonplace as window winders and clutch pedals – will soon have no meaning for a new generation of drivers. That of course doesn’t mean that there haven’t been some cool brand and common names for automotive features. Dual-quad, Positraction. . . lake pipes, these are all vestiges of an automotive past that is sorely fading from the collective knowledge bank. Since we are all keepers of the flame, and probably the most apt to remember, what do you think is the coolest antiquated automotive term?
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