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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    Did you just say that an AC Cobra, even a replica like that one, is boring and has no sense of style? I'm afraid we can't be friends... Even though the car has already been posted twice in this thread, I'm going to do it again.



    One of the greatest pieces of automotive architecture ever, in my opinion. Style doesn't even begin to describe it, and there is nothing boring about putting your right foot to the floorboards.
    I was talking about the interior you mook, lol. The Shelby Cobra with the 427 is one of my favorites of all time. I was talking about the interior on that kit car.
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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    I was talking about the interior you mook, lol. The Shelby Cobra with the 427 is one of my favorites of all time. I was talking about the interior on that kit car.
    That interior was not that far off from the original. Guage placement was just a little off.



    Personally, I love it. That interior is complete! Who needs a stereo? You shouldn't be able to hear music over the sound of your sidepipes anyway. Who needs climate control? You've got all the wind in your face you need. Who needs a cup holder? You'll need both hands on that wheel at all times! Comfort is secondary to feeling the rumble of that motor under your butt and smelling the fuel burning when you open it up.

    That is something that no modern car will ever be able to capture correctly, imo.
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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    You'll need both hands on that wheel at all times! Comfort is secondary to feeling the rumble of that motor under your butt and smelling the fuel burning when you open it up.
    In this case, I'd rather have the White Zombie.
    I don't like loud cars and convertabes anyway. But that's just me.

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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    That interior was not that far off from the original. Guage placement was just a little off.



    Personally, I love it. That interior is complete! Who needs a stereo? You shouldn't be able to hear music over the sound of your sidepipes anyway. Who needs climate control? You've got all the wind in your face you need. Who needs a cup holder? You'll need both hands on that wheel at all times! Comfort is secondary to feeling the rumble of that motor under your butt and smelling the fuel burning when you open it up.

    That is something that no modern car will ever be able to capture correctly, imo.
    Again too me it has no sense of style and is not much more than functional. I like some style from an interior, the Shelby just does not have it. I do however love the body style, and being a rag top man, love it just the same.

    PS got to have a stereo! Mine has the shaker 500 and I love it!
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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Would yo prefer the design of an old American 50-60's car or the contemporary American car?
    Let me underline, this thread is about design, not efficiency and safety.
    Please share your thoughts.

    There are certainly few classic designs since the era of the wedge (aerodynamics). It's why companies are reaching back to retro-artful designs, and it's not just American companies; Fiat and VW have done it with great success. Alfa Romeo would be wise to do it too with a couple of their designs... the GTV and Sud.

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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    That interior was not that far off from the original. Guage placement was just a little off.



    Personally, I love it. That interior is complete! Who needs a stereo? You shouldn't be able to hear music over the sound of your sidepipes anyway. Who needs climate control? You've got all the wind in your face you need. Who needs a cup holder? You'll need both hands on that wheel at all times! Comfort is secondary to feeling the rumble of that motor under your butt and smelling the fuel burning when you open it up.

    That is something that no modern car will ever be able to capture correctly, imo.
    I gave our kids, and 2 of their friends, a ride to school one morning in a Mopar car with a V8 and a Carter Thermoquad carburetor. That carb has small primaries and huge (trash can lid) secondaries. When you get on it a little, and the secondaries open up, you can hear a roar from the air entering the air cleaner and carb. One of the neighbor kids asked about the noise, thinking there was something wrong with the car.
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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    I gave our kids, and 2 of their friends, a ride to school one morning in a Mopar car with a V8 and a Carter Thermoquad carburetor. That carb has small primaries and huge (trash can lid) secondaries. When you get on it a little, and the secondaries open up, you can hear a roar from the air entering the air cleaner and carb. One of the neighbor kids asked about the noise, thinking there was something wrong with the car.
    Yep...I ran a 454 with an aluminum head, racing cams and quad carbs in a dual rear wheel pick up. Pretty awesome when you can break tractionat 75 on the highway when you lay into the pedal. Then again...NOT awesome when you can watch the gas gauge go down almost as fast as the speedometer goes up! (thank goodness for twin fuel tanks!).

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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    I wanted to mention that I love the 90's American smooth and round style.



    I find it much better than the new flat, boxy, toy vehicles of the 21 century.




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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    My 4 favorites. I don't think Copos came convertible (wish), I'll take the vet either way.


    Had a 69 Camaro (ex-6banger) with a 400sb 4bolt, th350 and posi (red with sidepipes, the pipes were a pain with unibody) in highschool. Had an 85 Mustang GT black convertible with all the options in the army. Not sure which I liked best.
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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Would yo prefer the design of an old American 50-60's car or the contemporary American car?
    Let me underline, this thread is about design, not efficiency and safety.
    Please share your thoughts.
    For practical everyday cars, the best were made in the mid to late 1970's.

    They got excellent fuel economy and were built to last. Many could ram a solid object, like a tree or wall at 5 mph and suffer NO damage. Today's cars will crush like a paper cup.

    They were also a lot simpler and easier and cheaper to repair and maintain. Today's cars have too much crap on them, like air bags, electric locks, computers that die on the middle of the highway, etc; much of it is imposed by government.

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