Also, what is the definition of "lasts longer"?
If it's straight up mileage new cars have the old ones straight up beat. From what I've learned from the internet and my older, wiser, family members is that a flat tappet cam V8 "only" lasted 100-120K before it was tired, worn out, and needed a rebuilt. The straight 6's were the motors that *could* hit 150K+ if taken care of.
Maintenance? Almost a laugh when compared. You can literally buy a brand new car off a lot, change the oil once a year, the brakes maybe once, and a set or two of tires (depending on what quality you buy) and easily hit 100K with zero issues. On a 60's car you would have changed the plugs/wires/points a few times, lubed everything under the car once/year, changed the oil 3-4 times per year... etc. This is one of the main reasons we have generation of teens and young-ish adults (I'd say around 35-40) that don't care or don't know anything about cars... it's because they don't have to.
I grew up in NY, I know all cars rust eventually no matter what, but here in the southeast there are a TON of 80's+ cars with absolutely zero rust anywhere on them. Want a fox or 3rd gen Camaro? An 80's F150 or Silverado? There are a TON of them with zero to very very little rust. It was somewhere around the late 70's/early 80's when they started to get a handle on rust prevention. Modern cars are dipped in a full zinc bath right after the final welding before primer. That means they're coated inside and out. Then add in plastic bumpers that are part of the body, plastic panels that cover the rockers, etc and you've got some serious rust protection, even for the northeast. With those same cars in the southeast/west... who knows how long before rust will actually be a problem.
2011 Mustang 3.7L Premium Pony Package
2015 Silverado 5.3L 2LT DC Z71
1965 Mustang C Code Coupe 289/T5/3.25
1967 Chevrolet C10 350/700R/3.73
1967 Firebird 400
Last edited by 65 Pony; 03-02-2017 at 05:25 PM.