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Rain Man
11-11-2005, 05:53 PM
Interestingly, I had this on my list even before the cool "what modern cars will be classics" thread.

Please don't compare technology. Let's compare style and panache, presence and appeal. What was the best era of automobile production?

Poll coming at 55 miles per hour.

Rain Man
11-11-2005, 05:56 PM
Personally, I have to go with 1941-1950. Those cars had style, no doubt about it.

The only weakness was the instrument panels. I want a complex instrument panel that's full of gauges and switches and stuff, and that's never been a widespread feature.

Donger
11-11-2005, 06:00 PM
Gotta go with coachwork.

Demonpenz
11-11-2005, 06:06 PM
70 chevelle 454

FAX
11-11-2005, 06:07 PM
Personally, I have to go with 1941-1950. Those cars had style, no doubt about it.

The only weakness was the instrument panels. I want a complex instrument panel that's full of gauges and switches and stuff, and that's never been a widespread feature.

I had a friend with a late 40's chevy (1949, I believe if they made that model with what they called "suicide doors").

Unfortunately for him, the interior was putrid - reminiscent of the carcasses of decaying fish, and other even less desirable odors. And, the performance - if you could call it that - was a vacant statement to utter and complete barren lackness. In general, the thing struck a nauseating fear in women and a universal pandemonium and loathing in public. Man, were those the days.

FAX THE RUMINATOR

Rain Man
11-11-2005, 06:12 PM
I had a friend with a late 40's chevy (1949, I believe if they made that model with what they called "suicide doors").

Unfortunately for him, the interior was putrid - reminiscent of the carcasses of decaying fish, and other even less desirable odors. And, the performance - if you could call it that - was a vacant statement to utter and complete barren lackness. In general, the thing struck a nauseating fear in women and a universal pandemonium and loathing in public. Man, were those the days.

FAX THE RUMINATOR


Yeah, interiors were not great until about the Sixties, even when the cars were new. But what I like about the Forties-era cars were the curves, the great sweeping curves. Those cars looked like they were sketched by a fashion designer.

FAX
11-11-2005, 06:22 PM
Yeah, interiors were not great until about the Sixties, even when the cars were new. But what I like about the Forties-era cars were the curves, the great sweeping curves. Those cars looked like they were sketched by a fashion designer.

Yes, however, in this case the designer was, I have no doubt, a troubled and brooding wretch on the brink of utter and irredeemable madness.

The car was, unquestionably, the result of some disturbing and detestable nightmare seeking voice through the poor man's pitiable talents.

FAX THE AUTOMOTIVE CRITIC

Hydrae
11-11-2005, 06:22 PM
Give me a 60's muscle car any day of the week.

Although I will give you that some of those luxury cars in the 30's were nice. Think Dusenberg! :thumb:

Rain Man
11-11-2005, 06:35 PM
Funny. When I think of 1930s cars, the Duesenberg (sp?) comes to mind for me, too. That may be the best car ever made.

http://www.campbellriversales.com/vintcar4/1929%20Duesenberg%20Model%20J%20Murphy%20Convertible%20Sedan-lgrn-fVr=mx=.jpg

Hydrae
11-11-2005, 06:37 PM
Funny. When I think of 1930s cars, the Duesenberg (sp?) comes to mind for me, too. That may be the best car ever made.

I think you are right on the spelling. My IE spell checker told me to change it though. Must no piss off the Microsoft gods!

How about an Auburn boattail?

http://www.tasteofdenver.com/dreammachines/images/cars/auburn-boattail.jpg

Or maybe a Cord?

http://www.bobsclassics.com/sold/37cb15.jpg

But yes, the individually built Duesenbergs just rule! :thumb:

http://auta5p.car.cz/katalog/duesenberg/duesenberg_speedster_01.jpg

Frazod
11-11-2005, 07:45 PM
70 chevelle 454

Hell yes. :thumb:

HemiEd
11-11-2005, 07:56 PM
Most Muscle cars, my preference fell between 61-70. The pretty much ended with the first gas crisis in 72.

Extra Point
11-11-2005, 08:00 PM
How dare GM bring back the name Malibu before Chevelle! That is sacrilege! The current Malibu is a friggin' dog!

Phobia
11-11-2005, 08:01 PM
It doesn't get any better than this:
http://www.chevelles.com/feature/october2005/october2005_main.jpg

|Zach|
11-11-2005, 08:06 PM
I love driving...unless someone punches me around blue ridge parkway.

Phobia
11-11-2005, 08:12 PM
I love driving...unless someone punches me around blue ridge parkway.

Little Blue, damnit.

From whom did you hear that story, anyway? Your older girlfriend?

Extra Point
11-11-2005, 08:12 PM
It doesn't get any better than this:
http://www.chevelles.com/feature/october2005/october2005_main.jpg

Yes, it does, if you have the girl sans bikini with the passenger seat reclined, and the REO Speedwagon 2 8-track on! That's the only way it can get better!

tyton75
11-11-2005, 08:14 PM
6 4 Impalla...

Jump, watch it JUMP!

|Zach|
11-11-2005, 08:15 PM
Little Blue, damnit.

From whom did you hear that story, anyway? Your older girlfriend?A little bird told me....I don't know who it was about though.

heh.

I once got a ticket on little blue when it first opened...a long time ago. That was a stone throw from my old house. Quit roughing up my old stomping grounds you prick.

Fairplay
11-11-2005, 08:18 PM
My boss just bought a new GTO.

I thought it is a joke. Its fast, no question. But the name is an insult to the old ones.

tyton75
11-11-2005, 08:24 PM
if they wanna sell cars.. why not just use the same freaking power plant and chassis that they used to use, just updating the materials..

An old style GTO would sell to everyone!

tyton75
11-11-2005, 08:37 PM
Reborn Camaro: 700 HP $427K

http://www.cnn.com/2005/AUTOS/funonwheels/11/09/motion_camaro/index.html

PastorMikH
11-11-2005, 11:26 PM
I'd say the 61-70 is it. Mustang, All the GM lines - Camaro, GTO, Impala, Chevelle, etc. All the Mopars, the 60s were the time for cars.

Frazod
11-11-2005, 11:30 PM
My boss just bought a new GTO.

I thought it is a joke. Its fast, no question. But the name is an insult to the old ones.

Agreed. Nice cars, but GTOs? Not even.

If a guy woke up from a 35 year coma, he'd look at my 2005 Mustang and say "that's a Mustang." He'd look at a 2005 GTO and say "what the f#ck is that thing?"

StcChief
11-12-2005, 12:01 AM
Agreed. Nice cars, but GTOs? Not even.

If a guy woke up from a 35 year coma, he'd look at my 2005 Mustang and say "that's a Mustang." He'd look at a 2005 GTO and say "what the f#ck is that thing?"

New Mustang looks like a modern version of old fastback 60's Mustang.

New GTO is a Holden from Austaralia
http://ultimategto.com/monaro01.htm

No resembence of a late '60s GTO.

Raiderhader
11-12-2005, 12:14 AM
I'd have to say 60's to early 70's. American Muscle cars rule.

That being said, my dream car is actually a car from the 50's, a '57 Corvette convertible, tuxedo black with the red side panels. This picture is almost right....

http://proteamcorvette.com/cars/photos/395S.jpg

Phobia
11-12-2005, 08:55 AM
I'd have to say 60's to early 70's. American Muscle cars rule.

That being said, my dream car is actually a car from the 50's, a '57 Corvette convertible, tuxedo black with the red side panels. This picture is almost right....

http://proteamcorvette.com/cars/photos/395S.jpg

Good choice. Very nice.

Rausch
11-12-2005, 08:56 AM
I'm going with the 90's, 'cause back then they made good Hondas...

plbrdude
11-12-2005, 09:06 AM
i went w/61-70 due to the muscle cars of the era. though my dream car would be a 73 sd455 trans-am. but toward the end of that decade the cars went seriously downhill