Modern Cars are Homogenized
One of the primary reasons that classic cars have more charm and character when compared to modern cars is that new autos have become homogenized over time. The primary reason for the similarity in look and feel of today’s autos is due to the vast expansion of government regulation of the car industry over the past 40+ years.
Some of the largest areas of regulation during this timeframe have come in required crash protection, emissions, and gas mileage standards. Although all regulations have been thoroughly thought out and researched for the betterment of society, they have had a significant impact on the design and functionality of today’s automobile when compared to classic automobiles.
These improvements have made driving in the modern era significantly safer than post WW II, but still leave car aficionados wanting more out of automotive designers.