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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    for design or performance?
    I was asking about design. Obviously, one cannot compare 50's technology with today's power steering, ventilated disk brakes, ABS, ESP, airbags, etc. So it's the style.

    Contemporary cars somehow look to me like toys that have been blasted with an enlarging machine - they are plastic and lack detail.
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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Cars from the 50's and 60's had soul...personality. Their look was unique. Modern vehicles (for the most part) look almost interchangeable. Blech.
    Form follows function.

    Profile drag dictates fuel mileage. Government interference in the automobile marketplace by its imposition of the unconstitutional CAFE standards established unrealistic fleet-wide fuel mileage targets. The answer to profile drag problems is streamlining and the removal of clutter.

    All cars look alike because Congress is defining what cars should be.

    The Mayor doesn't recall any permission in Article I, Section 8 permitting Congress the authority to design automotive vehicles.

    Y'all want style in your cars, repeal both the CAFE standards and the laws of aerodynamics. The Mayor doesn't expect either repeal to happen.

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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    I was asking about design. Obviously, one cannot compare 50's technology with today's power steering, ventilated disk brakes, ABS, ESP, airbags, etc. So it's the style.

    Contemporary cars somehow look to me like toys that have been blasted with an enlarging machine - they are plastic and lack detail.
    actually, you asked about "style"
    since we are discussing looks only, i'm in for a '63 split window vette
    just don't make me drive it at speed other than in a straight line
    and please do not require me to stop quickly
    and can you source the leaded fuel required to keep the cylinder walls sufficiently hard

    my 2002tii, after driving American made barges, convinced me that domestic cars were built for people who didn't know any better
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    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    actually, you asked about "style"
    since we are discussing looks only, i'm in for a '63 split window vette
    just don't make me drive it at speed other than in a straight line
    and please do not require me to stop quickly
    and can you source the leaded fuel required to keep the cylinder walls sufficiently hard

    my 2002tii, after driving American made barges, convinced me that domestic cars were built for people who didn't know any better
    One thing you forgot was the fact tht you can't see behind you. That is whyit was a one year design and many owners of them back in '63 had the split removed.

    I admit it is a beautiful car but I wouldn't want to drive one. Most people can't see over the huge steering wheel.

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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    One thing you forgot was the fact tht you can't see behind you. That is whyit was a one year design and many owners of them back in '63 had the split removed.

    I admit it is a beautiful car but I wouldn't want to drive one. Most people can't see over the huge steering wheel.
    it was clarified that functionality was NOT a consideration ... only the "style" of the American autos of that era
    like the ford falcon

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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    it was clarified that functionality was NOT a consideration ... only the "style" of the American autos of that era
    like the ford falcon

    [/ be assured this is sarcasm]
    I realize this thread is about style but my comment was in response to what you wrote "just don't make me drive it at speed other than in a straight line
    and please do not require me to stop quickly
    and can you source the leaded fuel required to keep the cylinder walls sufficiently hard"
    The lack of cornering, braking capability or the lack of leaded gas is not about style either.

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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    Who voted for new cars?

    Show of hands?

    With style alone as the guide, how can anyone say a new car, any of them, are better?

    The '50's and '60's cars were designed by teams for a certain purpose. New cars can't hold a candle, but we won't have to worry about new cars being classics, they fall apart too easily.

    I have a 2000 Durango with very few miles on it but for the life of me I can't stop all the plastic parts from breaking on the interior making it look worse than all my '60's and '70's cars put together.
    I like the new Camero, Mustang, Challenger, Charger etc better than the originals. The 60's and 70's Mustangs and Camero's are cool, but again the new ones look hot. The old 50's cars are cool, but don't look near as cool as what I mentioned.

    Here is a good example...

    I love the original Hemi Cuda...



    Here is a concept of what the new one would be...



    The new concept for the new one is so hot, you can see steam coming off of it.
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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    It's cool that some companies try to save some of the old design.


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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Old cars had style and highly unique appearances with it easy to spot the maker and model. Now? They all appear clones of each other.

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    Re: Old vs new American car design

    Nothing beats the pure beauty of a classic muscle car. I've never heard or felt a modern engine that can put a smile on my face like a big old-school V8.







    ...Mustang fan, if you couldn't tell.

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    I take your point about safety but good design goes hand in hand with good safety. That said, American car design like the ones below are just stunning pieces or road art.




    I hate to burst your bubble, but that's not really American car design. Carroll Shelby used the body and chassis of a British AC Ace roadster to build the Cobra. The motor though, that's all American. I'm still trying to convince the wife to let me build a kit of one of those.
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