Which car would you rate as best buy of the year in 1990? 1980? 1950? I prepared a chart, beginning with 1900 and going through 1999. For each year, I created entry spaces for each of four categories: Economy, Value, Performance, and Elegance. The four categories correspond, roughly, to four price ranges—and four corresponding types of buyers. Choices are limited to family/passenger cars (i.e., touring cars through 1926 and sedans thereafter) that were readily available on the U.S market.
Descriptions of the four categories:
Economy—Cars for buyers concerned with affordability, operating costs, maintenance cost, and durability.
Value—Cars for buyers concerned with what they can get for a little extra money: extra features, comfort, reliability, and resale value.
Performance—Cars for buyers concerned with design, engineering, power, handling, and styling.
Elegance—Cars for buyers concerned with quality of dealer service, materials, and finish, as well as status, luxury features, and ease of operation.
I want to encourage you to make your own selections for each year. When you finish your chart, please submit it for posting.
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