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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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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


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 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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