David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/14/14 11:04 a.m.

Many of our classics come from a simpler time, an era before hybrid drive systems, automated lift gates and computer-controlled seat warmers. Of course, we’re able to enjoy our cars even though they can’t communicate with satellites, keep our beverages chilled, or automatically dim the rearview mirror.

Still, wouldn’t it be nice to take advantage of recent developments? Air conditioning, for example, would be a welcome addition to many of our classics, especially in the summer months or during springtime downpours. A few power adders under the hood would come in handy, too. And who wouldn’t embrace better brakes and safer tires?

Today’s automotive aftermarket is here to help. While some owners prefer to keep their cars completely period-correct, others are willing to make a few changes. Fortunately, a raft of new parts is available to make our old cars faster, safer and more comfortable—all worthy goals in our book.

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