For many British cars of the 1960s, if it still runs today, it's a triumph. Now, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has a running Triumph that may be a herald of top-down driving to come.
Only 59% of you hopped on the GTI bandwagon yesterday, giving it a dimple-knobbed victory. Its detractors scoffed at the price, bringing up the car's potential for imminent wallet-emptying disaster mostly due to the astronomically high mileage. Still, it's interesting to see a car with that kind of miles under its tires still remaining a viable driver, and points to the strides in durability and component longevity in the modern automobile. That wasn't always the case. For the majority of the automobile age most aspects of a car's functionality were manually driven- starting required a manual choke, transmissions required a manual selection of gears, windows were lowered and raised via manual cranks, etc. When automation was brought into play, it usually was of the rube-goldberg variety or required an even more stringent maintenance regime. Today we have a car that hails from that simpler era, when little of what the car does happens without manual interaction. In many ways, that's a good thing.