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A look back at 40 years of automotive evolution

The Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS) celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special exhibit called "Still Hot... 40 Years Later". Five classic cars from the late sixties are showcased alongside their modern-day counterparts. We thought it would be very interesting to compare them based on their looks, size, powertrain and price. Please note that our data from 1968-69 is backed by various period publications.

Chevrolet Corvette
Without a doubt, the Corvette was and is still the best known American sports car in the world. Forty years ago, the car then known as the Sting Ray was fresh from a new redesign. The 2008 model stays true to the original. Since 2004, no significant styling update has been made.


19682008
$6,404 - ?$69,500 - $96,677
5.4/7L V8
300/350/435 hp
6.2/7L V8
436/505/620 hp
3/4-speed manual
3-speed automatic
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase : 249 cmWheelbase : 268.5 cm
L/W/H : 462.5/176/121.5 cmL/W/H : 443.5/184.4/124.4 cm
Performances :
14 - 22 L/100 km
0 to 100 km/h : 7.9/6 s
Top speed : 190 - 245 km/h
Performances :
8 - 16 L/100 km
0 to 100 km/h : 4.6 s
Top speed : 300 km/h

Volkswagen Beetle
Same shape, except that the rear-mounted, air-cooled, boxer engine of the rear-wheel drive Beetle was later replaced by a front-mounted, liquid-cooled engine in front-wheel drive configuration. The original ladybug was an affordable people's car (hence the name of the company). The New Beetle used the same overall shape to become a ''fashion'' car.


19682008
$1,850 - $2,500$22,775 - $29,130
1.2/1.5L 4-cyl.
41.5/54 hp
2.5L 5-cyl.
150 hp
4-speed manual
3-speed semi-automatic
5-speed manual
4/6-speed automatic
Wheelbase : 240 cmWheelbase : 251.5 cm
L/W/H : 403/155/150 cmL/W/H : 413/172/150 cm
Performances :
7.5 - 9.3 L/100 km
0 to 100 km/h : 37/23 s
Top speed : 115/125 km/h
Performances :
6.8 - 10.4 L/100 km
0 to 100 km/h : 9.2 s
Top speed : 190 km/h