Turner Classic Movies is showing the old cinema serial, "Superman". It was
produced in 1948 in 15 chapters. Starred Kirk Alyn and Noel Neil. Very
entertaining and I recommend it.
What's remarkable are the old sedans. You'll see a gangster Lincoln in many
scenes and what looks like a Dodge? coupe whenever Lois Lane or Jimmy Olsen
goes anywhere. The actors often stand along side these vehicles, which
tower over most of them. Cars were very tall in those days.
All through the 50's, 60's, and 70's passenger vehicles got longer and
lower. It was highly advertised in those days that long and low was an
improvement, not only in style, but also in performance (as in
maneuvering). So what do we see in most of today's models, particularly
SUV and crossovers? Very tall cars, not one iota better than those late
40's cars mentioned.
The elevated cars today are definitely a throwback. They're retrograde.
They're stupid. The public knows they're stupid and unsafe because tall
cars, especially since most are more narrow than those 40's cars are less
stable than than those 40's models. Taller means more prone to rolling
over on their sides and tops and killing their occupants dead. The fact
that most newer cars are being equipped with optional electronic stability
features is indicitive of there being something intrisically wrong with
them. A proper car does not need stability control because it is naturally
stable. You won't find stability control in a Humvee because it's stable
even though its tall, but very wide to compensate. You won't find stability
control in an Impala because its stable naturally because its low. But,
all those tip over prone sport utility vehicles are being pushed with
stability control because they're naturally unstable because they're tall
and narrow and need all the help they can get to stay upright. Trouble is
stability control cannot defeat the laws of nature and is nothing more than
a Mickey Mouse setup. Don't buy any car that has stability control because
those cars are death traps. If you buy one, your're stupid, stupid,
If everybody would get smart and stop buying these stupid SUVs, crossovers
and pickup trucks unless your business absolutely requires that type for
one reason or another, the makers would wise up and build good, safe cars
like they used to, low and wide. If you forget what I tell you, you will
recall it when you are laying in your hospital bed racked with pain,
bankrupt from the bill, after your stupid SUV flips.