Cars are very different now from what they were half a century ago, but the types of car people want to buy have remained broadly similar.

Although many new market niches have been introduced, it’s still true to say that customers have roughly the same basic priorities that they did back in 1968. Some of us want a car to be cheap, others practical, others fast and the remaining lucky few something luxurious.

Here are a few examples of offerings in those basic categories from the eras of the Beatles and Taylor Swift.

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