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June 30 2011 at 9:22 PM
BDLJ  (no login)

Response to Yes, times have changed drastically...

It was said that they were built to a standard, not to a cost.

I agree with a lot of what you wrote above concerning complexity. But on the other hand, the 6.9 was as complex a car as you could get. Quality (or reliability...) is nowhere near 70's levels. Thank God.

(BTW I am intrigued as to what you mean by 'made by hand'...the BMW 2500 my family had was probably the most sterile car we'd owned up till then...)

But to me, the eye opener is that I recall Dad and I marvelling over a 6.9 when I was a kid....a handbuilt Mercedes-Benz V8 with capacity greater than the 'yank tanks' around the place. A monster.

Now, it's output is shadowed by humble Camry engines...

How technology marches on.

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