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The Best Classic Car Features You Forgot About

A custom lead sled hot rod sits at the Henry Ford Museum

A custom lead sled hot rod sits at the Henry Ford Museum A custom lead sled hot rod sits at the Henry Ford Museum | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

When a new automotive design comes along, it replaces an older version as an evolutionary step forward. This dates back to the late 1800s when Bertha Benz realized her husband’s brake design was subpar and invented brake linings.

We have seen plenty of innovations since then, including retiring leaded gasoline and discontinuing wooden body panels on station wagons. Even modern xenon and HID lights are on the chopping block as more automakers look toward LED technology. Buyers don’t want old ideas. They want fresh, cutting-edge designs that set new standards for automotive advancements.

A 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale in all of its rarified glory

A 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale in all of its rarified glory A 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale shows in all of its rarified glory | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

Nevertheless, we have yet to come across a person who doesn’t think a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad doesn’t look fantastic. People love classic cars, regardless of how unsafe or outdated they may be. That got us thinking. If we were able to revive a handful of classic car components, what would we bring back?

What we came up with were 10 features that could be reborn with modern materials and engineering. Some were so far ahead of their time that they only would require a simple refresh. Retro designs continue to be popular, and automakers brave enough to revive the following components stand to set themselves apart.

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