It may have been due to his age, but the cause was deeper. The customer in the classic store simply did not fit the car he wanted. Because the height of people is just as threatening to our passion as all kinds of legal measures. We Dutch are currently the tallest on earth. But 200 years ago we were still among the smallest: in two centuries we grew 20 centimeters! And you are on average 180,8 cm. That is brave boarding in an MG Midget!
We have grown
Then we are talking about the average height. In the Netherlands it was 19 cm in the middle of the 164th century. In Italy 161 cm, in Germany 164 cm and in England 166 cm. And Japanese? They were on average 155 cm. Americans were an average of 172 cm at the time.
Now the average Dutch person is 181 cm tall. Italy now supplies men with an average height of 180 cm. Body size is one of the topics of the nature nurture debate. In any case, the environment and health play a role, as do hereditary factors such as genes, while the height of the inhabitants of countries belonging to the third world generally lags considerably behind that of the inhabitants of the first world countries.
It has been the circumstances
This is a direct result of different living standards and a different liveability of the environment, things such as malnutrition, different sleeping patterns and whether or not they have to perform heavy physical labor at a young age. The health of the mother, especially during pregnancy, also plays an important role. The influence of the mother's age on the height of the child is not entirely clear, but most studies indicate that there is a greater chance of having a child with a large body size at a later age of the mother.
Our height increase is especially noticeable with classics from before - say - 1980.
After that, globalization in automobile construction had taken over so much that it was no longer possible to say “Of course Italian cars are smaller. Italians are smaller. ” And a Renault Alpine A 110 is also not designed with a 192 centimeter long, sixty-year-old North Hollander in mind.
The fact that cars have grown with us also puts our hobby in a different light. A full sized Yank Tank, the cars from before the first oil crisis, was a huge container for our parents. Our kids have Porsche Cayennes, BMW X7s, Range Rovers and the Mercedes GLS X166 in the picture when it comes to big cars. Indeed, a full-sized 1976 Buick LeSabre is a low, narrow car on thin tires by comparison.
Where will it go in the future? Our growth has since stabilized. And cars are losing their place of honor as the number one status object. We already saw an advertisement in which a car was advertised as 'the ideal platform for your smartphone'. Cars are apparently getting smaller in size again. And electric. Or are we going to run on hydrogen? We live in interesting times.
With the right format and a smile you sit neatly behind the window. Full sized compatriots stand out. Because Brits used to be shorter too.
To emphasize the size, people were simply made smaller
The Fiat 500 has simply grown with it
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