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Old 08-08-2014, 09:37 PM   #1
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Retro AND Modern ?

My wife and I are a few days into a one week outing that has us in the Upper Rogue Valley on our way to Crater Lake. It surprises me how many compliments we receive on our soon to be 25 year humble Airstream.

I was sitting looking at it from the back - love the view from the back - thinking how many 25 year old RV's receive compliments when a thought struck me. These things have a look that is both retro and modern. How many objects evoke nostalgic memories of a past time while still looking modern? I tried to think of others and came up empty.

Can you think of anything that is both retro and modern at the same time?


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Old 08-08-2014, 10:08 PM   #2
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I know what you mean Poppy. My 66 Tradewind is one of the best looking Airstreams ever and it will be 50 years old in two more years.

In response to your request the only example I can think of is a Porsche 911, which I know that you are quite familiar with. BTW, I bought a brand new 1972 911T Targa in the spring of 1973 for $8,600. It was a very nice car except for the complicated mechanical fuel injection.

I have a 2002 BMW 330ci coupe that still looks pretty good. We will see how it looks and ages in another 12 years. It has 227,000 miles on it and is the best car I have ever owned.


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I just traded up from a 1964 Bambi II to a 2006 Safari 23. I still get the same questions, "Is it new?" and "Do they still make those?". To me that reinforces your statement "Retro and modern". 43 years difference in age and they both get the same reaction from people.

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Old 08-09-2014, 05:54 AM   #4
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Great question. The first things that popped in to my head were modern remakes of classics like the Beetle, Mustang, Challenger, the new Indian motorcycles, etc. Vespa scooters aren't remakes but continue a tradition.

I suppose Mad Men (the TV show) could fit that category.

Converse hi-top sneakers might fit the category.

I'm going to keep my eye out for stuff like this. Great question!

And yes - my 2012 Flying Cloud fits perfectly :-)
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That's all I could come up with in about 30 seconds.
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On our daily drive, we pass a home with a older airstream in the driveway. Your comment hits home. That trailer could be 10,20,30 or more years old. It makes me sad that I have never seen that driveway empty.

We got ourselves a 2012 Mustang convertible for our 25th anniversary. Love that car. Looks like the older ones, but seat belts and airbags and antilock brakes are definite improvements.

How about Frye boots? I have 2 pair of harness boots. They still make that style and engineer boots in the USA. Been in business over a century.

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Good design is timeless.

Now, the battle against mother nature to keep it looking good - that's a whole other story
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:36 AM   #9
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Lots of great mentions. One of the distinctive things about Airstream's "retro and modern" is that it's not contrived. They don't consciously try to make the new ones have a retro look as is done with many products, such as Mustangs (which are cool) - they just continue on with pretty much the same old form they've had all these years.

I do agree that Porsche 911's had this characteristic for a long time. They looked like 911's from their introduction in 1965 until the 993 was introduced in 1994. But major styling changes then kind of lost the old timey look.

How about White Mountain ice cream makers? Weber kettle grilles?


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