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The 70s and 80s had a lot of awkward bumpers due to supporting bumper laws in various jurisdictions..

A lot of the older Italian sports cars (and British) had interiors that looked like kit cars, not designed but with random parts from other cars stuck on wood panels.  Probably due to budgetary constraints...

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Beautiful brute? 

IMO, the Virgil Exner-overseen design of the '56 DeSoto face is comparable to ANY 'best' design out there of ANY era (especially the modern one) - it is so utterly tailored & refined but still has

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Only car on the previous page with Federalized bumpers is the countach, but that's a cartoon car, not a serious design.

For instance- this car sports a lot of design problems; I don't see people with a critical eye calling it 'beautiful'

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18 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Do you see what I see, or is it "all good, dude!" because of the emblem?

Way too many small things to point out, but these two are so glaring to be offensive on all levels of style!

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10 hours ago, balthazar said:

Only car on the previous page with Federalized bumpers is the countach, but that's a cartoon car, not a serious design.

For instance- this car sports a lot of design problems; I don't see people with a critical eye calling it 'beautiful'

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How you criticize this as design problem when you like this ugly, over chromed, disproportionate thing? :)

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36 minutes ago, ykX said:

How you criticize this as design problem when you like this ugly, over chromed, disproportionate thing? :)

 

Yeah, it's hard to take seriously a guy that thinks the '59 Cadillac as a the pinnacle of design calling a Countach 'cartoonish'....the '59 Cadillac was totally cartoonish!  Even in the black & white world. 

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I never stated the '59 Cadillac is the pinnacle of design. It's got a degree of unbalance in the front vs. the rear, tho the detailing & refinement of design are still excellent. But it's an entire world's better executed than a '72 Marquis! This is where you torpedo your own POV. 

But the Countach is inarguably cartoonish; it's like if Fisher-Price built an actual car. The '80s versions are like a Mardi-Gras drag queen version of the original prototype. That at least was innovative and struck new ground... but the 'poster editions' are ridiculous.
 

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My absolute, top favorite muscle cars from the late '60s to early '70s.  Im doing 1 year for each brand. And each brand gets only 1 model.   In the exact trim and colour combo as I post them

1969 Camaro Z/28 302

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 | F114.1 | Kissimmee Summer Special 2020

1973 Pontiac Trans Am SD455

Gorgeous Red 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 455 Super Duty

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 (WITHOUT the vinyl top)

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 | Crown Concepts

1970 Buick GSX Stage 1

1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 | F190 | Kissimmee 2015

1967 Ford Mustang GT500

Modernized 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Looks Like a Power Pony -  autoevolution

1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator CJ428

1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator | F114 | Phoenix • Glendale 2019

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1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 six pack

70 Challenger Vanishing Point Replica | Muskelautos, Dodge challenger, Dodge

1969 Plymouth Roadrunner Hemi

1969 Plymouth Road Runner Photograph by Performance Image

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I was inspired by Balthy's posts in the Random Thoughts thread

I nearly bought one in the early '90s, but my dad intervened.  Told me the car is tooo old. I was willing to learn to wrench on it. But my dad, I guess, didnt have the energy to go through all that.  I blame myself for not learning enough from him when he did have the energy to go through all that.   I regret NOT listening to him and I should have bought it anyway. But I was a good son in many ways that I ALWAYS listened to him and his advice.  If there was any time I should have rebelled against him, it was that time.  :) 

Maybe 1 month after I showed him the car and we (he) decided that it wasnt a good car for me, he approached me before leaving to go to school.

He asked me. 

DAD:  "Hey, remember that Chevy you wanted to buy?   You liked that car?"   

ME:    "Umm...yeah!  (confused by the question) Why?

DAD:  "You actually like those horizontal wings?  (He gestures in the air showing how the wings are horizontal with his hands)

ME:    "YES!  (with glee)   I think they're cool!"

DAD"  "Oh...(with a sad tone) I always thought they were awkward . They were uglier in '59!"

 Love him.  Miss him!   Although now Im thinking that I typed it out, he just hated the car and didnt want it anywhere near him.  LOL.   I still love him and miss him even more. 

 

It was an Impala coupe. Dont remember the trim. 

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I took my dad with me when I was looking for my first car. He balked at the age there, too; it was a '62 Studebaker GT Hawk. That was circa '85. The next year I bought my '64 GP, tho I didn't tell him about it until 3 years later.

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I do recall looking at a few cars w/ my Dad when I was a teenager, he didn't like the idea of me driving an old car or something with high miles...especially since he was paying for it.   Circa 1986, looked at a '67 Galaxie 2dr (clean), a ''79 Cordoba (rust free, a dented rear quarter, he didn't like Chrysler products), a dark blue '79 Eldorado (sharp car, but some bubbly rust, too many miles), a yellow '80 Lincoln Town Car (too many miles).     So after I got my license I drove his '84 Ford Escort diesel for about a year until he bought me my new '87 Mustang GT.      Then in '88 when I went off to college, he bought me an '86 Mustang LX (4 cyl, used with 10000 miles) since the GT was too nice to leave outside at college..

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I am having a Ford Truck fetish, go figure. Love this video of them wrenching on a basic F series. 

 

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I'd love to have a Testarossa.  And a Ford pickup.  Maybe a  '92-96 style or a '67-69. 

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Wouldn't mind having a '90s Bronco also....test drove one back in '96, thought seriously about buying one then.

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I like Ferraris.  Usually.   More than Lamborghinis. More than Porsches.  These types of cars are not the types of cars Id buy had I had the money (including Corvettes), but they do brighten up the roads when you see one. Any of one of them so-called exotic things. They also do beautify a teenager's bedroom (with posters) of them or pics  in a beautiful cars thread.  :) 

I prefer modern Ferraris over any other modern exotic super or hyper car.  Even though I think that modern Ferraris are also overdone. 

Looks like it could be Aston Martin rather than a Ferrari. But hey...its a start. The start (maybe and hopefully) of beautiful, sexy and elegant lines rather than the awkward ugly-aggressive design language they had going on since the late 1990s. 

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12 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

 

1980 Ferrari 308 GTS | T213 | Kissimmee 2016

Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole, 1984 - Classicargarage - FR

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB w/ Audio Clips • Petrolicious

 

I honestly do not get what is so exciting about driving a Sardine can car. Glad you like them, but a hard pass from me.

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On 4/5/2021 at 8:57 PM, balthazar said:

Only car on the previous page with Federalized bumpers is the countach, but that's a cartoon car, not a serious design.

For instance- this car sports a lot of design problems; I don't see people with a critical eye calling it 'beautiful'

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Ive been thinking about this all this time.  And although I do agree with you that some lines, like how David pointed out on that C pillar, is awkward, I feel that THIS car's beauty is MORE than the sum of its parts.

1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso - Sports Car Market

 And although at this angle, like you say, the undercarriage seems to be unfinished as you could see the ugly pipes of the exhaust system too much, it could have been done better, the lines, ALL lines do flow smoothly from front to back. 

I will disagree with @David by him mentioning that those bumperettes are not pleasing to the eye, they are no more "vulgar" or unnecessary than what Cadillac did with their style of bumperettes to try to beautify their front ends of their cars of mid 1950s.  Or even Chevy's 1957 Belair.  

This SWB version seems to be tidied up quite a bit from the one above

1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti - Sports Car Market

Model Masterpiece: Ferrari 250 GT SWB

 The rear of the 250 SWB is less flattering, uglier and bulkier than the  25 GT Lusso, which is not very pretty itself, between the two, I prefer the 250 GT Lusso. 

In comparison, a 1962 Corvette's lines were not that cohesive either  (year for year)

'50s front end with '60s back end styling made for a bumble bee behind. Fat.

 

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And that stainless steel trim on the bottom there maybe made for a clean finish, it was not a very pretty look.

The '58 and '59 were much much sweeter. Devoid of that stainless steel trim and the '58/'59 seemed lighter and more sprightly.  

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28 minutes ago, David said:

I honestly do not get what is so exciting about driving a Sardine can car. Glad you like them, but a hard pass from me.

Do not be like OCNBLU

If you dont like them, you dont need to be confused as to why others actually DO like them.

1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

I like Ferraris.  Usually.   More than Lamborghinis. More than Porsches.  These types of cars are not the types of cars Id buy had I had the money (including Corvettes), but they do brighten up the roads when you see one. Any of one of them so-called exotic things. They also do beautify a teenager's bedroom (with posters) of them or pics  in a beautiful cars thread

I did say this later on.  But it does NOT change the fact that even if these may NOT be BOTH of our style of cars, we CAN appreciate them for what they are or what they look like.  Or you may NOT like the way they look, which is fine, I like them.  They are beautiful.

Well, maybe NOT the car in this commercial, but you get the idea with the sexy visuals, song choice and the lovely Italian language! 

 

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The ‘50s Corvettes posted above are 100 times more cohesive than the ferrari 250 also shown here. i’ll have to do an analysis tonight to illustrate how I look at them. Lots of ‘starts & stops’ and misalignments in the linework on the 250.

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