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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Cody&Lauren Mohr, Dec 20, 2009.
gotta love the 40s
There are lots of examples here of the later "teardrop" style of Art Deco. The earlier "geometric" style is rarer; the above Ruxton being the closest:
There were some weirder paint jobs that were more definifive early 'Deco. I suppose the geometric bit was harder to pull off, so that a lot of the early experiments were rather awkward in a way. They appeal to me for the same reason. Here's an example, on a 4½-litre Bentley: http://www.vintagebentleys.org/_display_large_p.php
The link isn´t working for me Dawie. I can´t see your pics at the top of the page either, unfortunately. I like your illustrations.
Try this one: http://www.vintagebentleys.org/carpages/uu5443.php. Scroll down to the black-and-white photo and click on it. That site is rather protective of its photos; can't right-click on them.
I'll see if I can edit my prior post with a better source for the drawings. They seem to be invisible if they're sourced from within jalopyjournal.com.
ARt Deco works for me, but the nagain I was raised in Miami Beach, FLorida
I'm into Deco style too, although I didn't know it untill we bought the first Spartan trailer, a '48 Manor, several years ago. Then, I started to learn a little about the Art Deco movement, and realized that is what I love about the cars.
We have a '48 Pontiac convert, a '48 Diamond T 201 pickup, the '51 Pontiac wagon, a stylized '36 Ford "speedster", and replaced the '48 Spartan Manor with a '46 Manor, mainly for it's more stylish front window treatment.
While our Pontiacs are late in the Deco design era, especially the '51 (it has lots of WWII aircraft influences, but is still Deco underneath all that), I appreciate the lines of the cars more knowing a little about the design influence behind them.
It's funny how that trailer opened my eyes to an entire new appreciation for style, in cars, architecture, and industrial design. It's everywhere, or was, but there are many examples of it yet, and lots of the old still around to use and enjoy!
No Lincoln Zephyrs yet???especially 37 to 39 3 window coupes..Im a huge ART DECO fan too....cant get enuff
Damn I love Deco and Streamline Design....
I like my 47 Chevy had a big argument with the shop over putting the bumper splash pans back. I think they defined the cars looks. I love the dash and have made sure accentuate some of the design cues. I am presently looking for the right 35-42 car love the Graham Sharknose & Airflows.
Here are some photos of the Art Deco Roadster I'm building. All from scratch, aluminum body, hot inline 6, 5 speed.
I've been working on the frame and should get back to the skin next month.
I agree with you on the Graham Sharknose and
on the Airlows. Too bad more people didn't think
the same way too when these car were new
as both designs where sales disaster and early
finished off their respective companies!
Here's a rare beast - a 1934 Imperial 'Airflow'
Seen at a show recently. Bugatti/Batmobile - probably the oldest car I´ve seen with curved side glass. It was huge.
and a Stromlinien "Autobahn" Adler...
The irony of course is that when Art Deco was in full swing during the 30's, the early moderns HATED it. To them, it took the visual sound bites of what modernism stood for, made it a decorative art, and applied it to selling crap sans any of the social value. But that's part of the reason why AD stood the test of time, it was so easily applied to selling cars; I'd argue that by the mid 60's the influence Deco had in the automotive industry was effectively over. And from a visual standpoint muscle cars had more in common with rods and customs in the sense that it was largely about letting the body lines speak for themselves, less irrelevant clutter.
Anyway, it's all interesting.
Does anyone have any more pictures of interior designs that were done in the art deco style?
How about a streamlined '37 Autocar???
1934 MvQuay-Norris Ford V8 Streamliner
You wanna' see "Art Deco??? How about this
for a radically redesigned and "Art Deco to
the max" 1934 Ford??!! Auto parts
manufacturer McQuay-Norris built two of
these test and show cars in 1934, using - at
time - brand new '34 Ford V8 frames, engines
and running gear and then had two of these
'ultra-streamlined' steel and aluminum, 'Buck
Rodgers spaceship-like' bodies built for them!
The Auto Time Machine
May 20, 2008
McQuay Norris Streamliner
You think youve seen all the strange cars in the world,
think again. Several of these bizarre vehicles were built
a long time ago, and today, their value increases as we
count the days that passes by. Speaking of rare and
expensive vehicles, have you heard about a vehicle
called McQuay Norris Streamliner? I dont think so
The six McQuay-Norris Streamliners was produced in
1934 and was built to be driven by McQuay-Norris
engine component sales representatives. McQuay-Norris
used the Streamliners as test-beds for new engine parts
as well as advertising the company, and for this function
the interior was fixed with many dials and instruments to
observe performance and engine condition. The
McQuay-Norris Streamliners chassis and running gear
were based on a Ford V8, and the aerodynamic bodywork
was made from steel and aluminium attached to a wooden
frame. The curved windows were made from Plexiglas.
Here are some extra facts about McQuay Norris Streamliner
according to Trombinoscar.com:
The McQuay Norris Streamliner is an important piece
of automotive history. The car was one of six such
cars builtby McQuay-Norris, a St. Louis based
manufacturer of internal engine and chassis components.
The cars were built using a 1934 Ford chassis and running
gear and the highly advanced streamlined body design was
constructed of steel and aluminum over a wood framework.
The aircraft inspired windshield and canopy design was
constructed of Plexiglas.The cars were built to be used
by McQuay Norris representatives for promotional
purposes but more importantly they used as test cars
and as such they were equipped with a multitude of
gauges mounted to the dash to monitor the performance
of various components. It is one of 2 such cars known to
exist and the only one that is restored. It was restored
in 1990 and became part of the Hemmings Motor News
collection until purchased from them.
Yeah Zyphers.. My New Favorite...
Would my Terraplane fit the Art Deco Rod class?
1948 Buick Streamliner by Norman E. Timbs
One fine thread!
Inspiring work on this 30's Henderson custom job
that is unreal. i've never seen one of those before....wow
When the 'Sharknose-style' Grahans came
out in 1938, the styling of these "Spirit of
Motion" cars, as Graham called them - was
extremely controversial and new-car buyers
generally stayed away from Graham
showrooms in droves. So much so, that the
car's styling almost killed and some say did
kill, the company's automotive division. But
they're certainly considered cool and desirable
- and even beautiful now- at least by some.
Like them or not though, one thing for certain,
they're definitely classic American "Art Deco".
How about a streamlined 'Art Deco' Dodge
tow truck from 1938??!! I took this picture
from post on the HAMB thread "Photos taken
before WW2 - history in black and white"
and cleaned then it up and re-sized it a bit
to post here.
A short article from the June 1935 issue
of "Modern Mechanics And Inventions"
magazine on a 'futuristic' Art Deco bus
made for the 1935 Paramount movie
"Stolen Harmony" Now that I've seen
pics of this thing, I WANT one!!!!
I've liked '30's Art Deco cars since I was a kid, but they are probably more like Industrial or Streamline Moderne. My history of art teacher corrected me when I did a project involving streamlined cars. Chrome, stainless, plastics [which were new then], parallel lines imparting motion, symmetry, minimalism, seem natural for automobile styling, even if the cars weren't really aerodynamic.
1937 Reo "Speedtanker"
BTT, Would love to see some Art Deco styling ideas, will be doing the interior of my '33 Plymouth in this style.
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