10 Remodels That Improved on the Classics

a green ford mustang bullitt

We’re not beating up on the classics, but these remodels have definitely improved on more than just safety. Some cars just end up being better over the years, and these ten remodels have kept up with what customers want most.

1. Dodge Viper

 a green dodge viper

What was the 1991 Dodge Viper trying to be? A Mazda Miata? The hood of the Viper was so large that it made you wonder if bigger really was better. Then, the 1992 version came out, and it got even larger, somehow. It’s easy to say that the new 2017 Dodge Viper is sleeker, smoother, and actually looks like a speedster.

2. Ford Mustang

a green ford mustang bullitt

Don’t get us wrong. The classic Mustang was nice even if we ignore the unloved stepchild called the Ford Mustang II. (What a disaster, am I right?) The newest models of the Mustang clearly shows that Ford demands respect. They’re sleek, masculine, and still have a low price tag. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. You got it!

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3. Volkswagen Beetle

a yellow vw beetle

The classic Volkswagen Beetle wasn’t horrible, but it didn’t have any pizazz. We all loved Herbie (not the remake) but it’s time to put him to rest. The old model was ridiculously antiquated even for 1945. Now, the Volkswagen Beetle compliments the suave exterior design with an upgraded interior. The bigger wheels and angled windshield design bring you into the future.

4. Chevrolet Camaro

a blue chevy camaro

The Classic Camaro was great and all, but didn’t it look like a lot of other cars at the time? It didn’t look too unlike a 1967 Chevy Impala. Unless you knew your stuff, could you have spotted the Camaro? Nah. The new Camaro is hard to miss. The engine doesn’t purr—it growls like a beast. No matter who you are, you feel awesome in a 2017 Camaro.

5. Fiat 124 Spider

a blue fiat 124 spider convertible

There’s no reason to have headlights above the hood. It looks ridiculous, even if it was the style. Let’s talk about the new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. Namely, the fact that it’s utterly beautiful. It’s smooth, and they’ve reduced the height of the headlights, which gives it a faster appearance. The new Fiat 124 Spider looks like you’re never more than 10 minutes away from your next race.

6. Jeep Wrangler

an orange jeep wrangler on simulated rocks

The Vintage Jeep was completely jacked. Sure, it was perfect for general-purpose use, but just look at it. Sure, they were thinking form over function, but you can tell that thing was made in like seven weeks. Your car doesn’t have to look like it rolled out of an archaeological dig or the military (even if it did). The new Wrangler is streets ahead. It can go off-road, and you can feel awesome behind the wheel. It kept the boxy look, but not every car can have great curves. Doors or not, the Wrangler is miles ahead of the Vintage Jeep, mostly because it doesn’t break down like the classic version.

7. Mazda Miata

a black mazda miata convertible

Miata has experimented with some weird designs over the years, including headlights folding into the hood. Exactly what everyone wants: one headlight stuck in the hood. (You’ve seen it—we all have.) The new Miata looks so much better, and we want one now. Drop the old, ugly convertible top you have to replace every three years and upgrade to the hardtop convertible. You heard right. Hardtop convertible.

8. Nissan Skyline

a silver nissan skyline

The Nissan Skyline was at least trying to look speedy, but the body design with a spoiler on the back just left one question: why? Gotta love the drag in the back. Skip ahead several decades and get introduced to the Skyline GT-R line. The thing almost looks like a freaking Aston Martin—one of the original Bond cars. Who doesn’t want to feel like the best international spy that’s ever lived?

9. Model T

a black model t

Vroom, vroom. If you don’t believe that the 1927 model T is ten times better than the 1908 version, you need to check yourself. You’re seconds away from wrecking yourself. Improvements? Uh, doors! The 1927 version has doors. That means the rocks won’t kick back and scuff your patent leather shoes. Don’t even get us started on the hardtop. No more tears in the fabric.

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10. Thundercougarfalconbird

a clip from futurama showing the thundercougarfalconbird

Nothing makes you feel more like a man than a Thundercougarfalconbird. What’s a better improvement on the Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Cougar, and the Ford Falcon than the Thundercougarfalconbird? The only way it could be better would be if the luxurious seats were stuffed with eagle down. Whatever. Shut up and take my money!

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