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blue vintage car on the road

Features of Vintage Cars

Imagining a car that is older is likely to bring a bulky image to your mind. However old were cooler than you can imagine. Some of the features of these cars were more advanced than you would expect. These features make vintage cars stand out and a choice for many people.

Here are some of the features that make these cars interesting.

Automatic Seatbelt

seatbelt

Seatbelts were initially not commonplace in cars as most people never bothered to wear them. However, governments then started becoming safety conscious and automatic belts were born. Most of the automatic seatbelts were attached to the doors such that you had to slide under them when entering the car. The closing of the door automatically secured the belt since they retracted to their original position. It was, however, awkward to get into, so most people removed the belts.

Onboard Record Players

Today, an iPod and a small cord are all you need to listen to music while driving. But in the old day, you could only use a record player. These cars came with a record player fitted below the radio and connected to it. You could activate it with a flip switch. This was made specially for the in-car phonograph with a limited catalog. They could get skipped whenever the car encountered uneven surfaces.

Chin Bell

Today you can find rumble strips in some highways which make a loud noise if a car veers onto them to wake up a sleeping driver. Vintage cars, however, had a bell or metal gong attached to somewhere under the driver’s chin. Its idea was that if the driver nods off, then they ring the bell and wake up.

Minibar in the Glove Box

Martinis and cocktails were famous among drivers before the safety revolution that put a stop to drinking and driving. There was a minibar in the glove box, and this was a standard feature in these cars. Short glasses magnetically stuck to the opened glove compartments and remained stationary.

Automatic Lights

headlightThese may seem like a recent invention, but they have been there except that they did not work well for the old cars. The Twilight Sentinel introduced in the sixties turned on the headlight s automatically in dark conditions and had a timer which allowed you leave the headings on after alighting for you to find the way to the house door.

These are some of the features of vintage cars that make most people invest in them. They are unique are they are way different from the modern cars. You can check out some of the cars with such features on¬†https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/photos/derek-hood.…