My laptop is setup pretty much on the floor, so I'm not too comfy to write a huge thing about this. But a conversation had come up last night while driving the beetle to the beach - because it's the only car I have access to with functioning heat. The Depression weeded out the post-victorian steamliners envisioned by the BIG companys. When Ford was in henry's garage, and General Motors wasn't able to pull together a working model for production, companies such as Duesenberg, Hudson, Packard, White, Diamon Reo, et al were already building cars that met their market. Exceptionally lush cars reserved for the rich and powerful. Those companies aren't with us anymore. The depression changed everything. From the Depression also sprung retirement options, savings, and a more frugal way of life for 99% of the affected planet. We are approaching a time like that now. Maybe not a depression, but certainly an economic nightmare. GM, Ford, Chrysler and others will fall. New ones will spring up. Those new ones will carry with them the new philosophies of labor, quality, and function that will define the future of not only the auto industry, but of american life. See you on the other side.