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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. modernbeat
    Joined: Jul 2, 2001
    Posts: 1,243

    from Dallas, TX

    #1 all time favorite - you could only have one car for the rest of your life - easy:

    '57 Lincoln Mark I

    Runners up, assuming you can own more than one car:
    '53 Stude - stock.
    '28-29 Full fendered Model A hot-rod - lowered
    '63 Studebaker Avanti - round headlight only please
    Citroen CM - That's the futuristic one with the Maserati engine.
    '53 Cadillac convertible. '54 is close, but too many add-ons and the body was dated for '54.
    '67 Cadilac ElDorado stock or Dan Picasso version. Dark Green please!
    Ford RS2000 - all hail group B! What is it with England and race cars?
    '70 Dodge Challenger - not the overstated 'Cuda.

    Would you look at that - still haven't named a Chevy! Guess it's time for pickups.

    Advance Design Chevy pickups - standard model - the curved corner windows detract
    '67-'72 Chevy pickups - all models. Easy, utilitarian, cheap, and still handsome.
  2. Rocket88
    Joined: Jul 11, 2001
    Posts: 911


    36 Ford
    40 Willys
    41 Plymouth
    Lincoln Zephyr
    33 Plymouth
  3. truth
    Joined: Oct 27, 2003
    Posts: 401

    from Boston, MA

    The only thing that I didnt see others post that I really dig is a 59 buick electra - just one evil looking motherfucker right out of the showroom!
  4. 48_HEMI
    Joined: Oct 3, 2002
    Posts: 838


    The best designed cars never sold well! like the air flows, studebakers 46 and 53 are still timeless designs avanti could be on the list. hudsons,kaisers, Buick Rivera's 63 and 71. 49 merc and ford the same year all great designs.general public can't stand something new and different. the manufactures know this and are leary of bringing out radical and different design, I think thats why they came up with futuristic dream cars to warm the public up several years in advance
    I was suprised at my list, because first and foremost I am a hot rodder
    this is always fun, my dreams include about 6 cars that i've sold over the years all hot rods! and 3 that I still have.1 hot rod and 2 kustoms?
    my future would be brighter if I owned

    1965 Rivera GS 425 dual quad [​IMG]

    1953 stude chopped with a front mounted 671 on a 392 HEMI with double overdrive for those little cross country cruises [​IMG]

    a 99 point D Jag would also look good if it was british racing green like the brand nrw one that I slobered on in Frank Monise's shop in pasadena when I was still riding bicycles [​IMG]

    a 32 ford 3 window full fendered [​IMG]

    there are a couple of early mercedes 300sl's that I've worked on that would look good in my garage

    after that I'd be the road tour king and never look back [​IMG]
  5. Rix2Six
    Joined: Jun 24, 2003
    Posts: 806

    from So. Cal.

    [ QUOTE ]

    3. '63-'65 Buick Riviera (not only a great design, but it plunged itself over a bridge in NH and saved America from having another Kennedy in office)

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I'm pretty sure it was an Oldsmobile that took the plunge with Teddy.
  6. 1. 32 Ford five window coupe, full fendered.
    2. 40 Ford coupe, standard.
    3. 40 Ford coupe, deluxe.
    4. 32 Ford roadster highboy.
    5. 30-31 Model A on Deuce rails, highboy.
    6. 32 Ford roadster, full fendered.
    7. 28-29 Model A roadster, full fendered.
    8. 50 Ford coupe, custom. Custom as in Deluxe or Custom from the factory.
    9. 49 Ford coupe.
    10. Jaguar XK120 convert from the mid-50's era.
  7. gman
    Joined: Dec 2, 2002
    Posts: 82


    49 Ford Tudor. Nicer silhouette when chopped.
  8. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,945

    Tech Editor

    Any Ford Coupe From '32 to '34 ( as long as it is chopped and fenderless )
    '53 Studebaker Coupe.
    '64 Cheetah.
    And if I can include the Euro Trash,
    '64 Alfa Romeo TZ 1.
    '57 Lotus Eleven.
  9. 36couper
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 2,014

    from ontario

    1935 Ford 3w coupe
    1936 Ford coupe
    1968 Mustang
    1969 Camaro Z28
    Chrylser Crossfire
  10. Otto
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 124


    Top 5 cars

    39 Ford Deluxe Coupe
    32 Ford 5 window
    40 Ford Deluxe Coupe
    32 Ford 3 window
    32 Ford Roadster

    Top 5 trucks

    41 Ford
    55 Chevy big window
    59 El Camino
    32 Ford Roadster p/u
    35 Ford

    Pretty vanilla, I know.

  11. cleatus
    Joined: Mar 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,277

    from Sacramento

    1. 36 Ford roadster
    2. 39 Lincoln Zephyr coupe
    3. 36 Ford 3 window
    4. 41 Buick convert
    5. 48 Chevy Fleetline
    6. 59 Buick Invicta

    All built into customs of course.
  12. daign
    Joined: May 21, 2002
    Posts: 519

    from socal

    A common demoninator in a lot of your lists and my own, the 1938-39 Lincoln Zephyr. They ooze class and showroom custom in my opinion no matter how you do em.

    I'm also very fond of the 37-38 Ford Coupes. Maybe I just like that era of design as a whole... [​IMG]
  13. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,604


    Most folks hitting the same thing: Lots of ET "Bob" Gregorie designs..
    He was THE MAN when it came to late 30's Ford design. Did Speed boats too... Gregorie, with Edsel's guidance, designed every Ford, Mercury, Lincoln-Zephyr, Lincoln and Ford truck and tractor produced between 1935 and 1945. Amazing.

    FoMoCo I love (in cronological order):

    1. 32 - 36 Ford coupes, roadsters

    2. 39 Ford DeLuxe and Mercury coupe and convt.

    3. 1949 Ford and Mercury coupe- Ahead of its time.

    4. 52 - 54 Lincoln and Mercury HT models

    5. 56 - 57 Lincoln Mark II

    6. 1960 Ford full size, 60 - 63 compact

    GM I love:

    1. 1949 all hard tops

    2. 1953 Cad Eldo, Buick Skykark, Olds Fiesta, and 53 - 57 Corvette

    3. Any early 50's Olds hardtop

    4. 1960- 1961 all hardtops

    6. Pre 65 Corvairs

    7. I won't say 63 - 65 Riv cause its obvious.. But I just did.

    Other Makes:

    1. 55 Chrysler 300

    2. Nash bathtub bodys

    3. Kasier Dairren

    4. Nash Healy

    5. Porsche 550 Spyder

    6. Any early Ferrari 250 - Pinin Farina

    I know I'm forgetting too many cars!


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  14. MIKE-3137
    Joined: Feb 19, 2003
    Posts: 1,578


    My personal favs from old to newer,quite a mix
    32 Roadster -Will always be my #1
    33-34 Roadster full fendered
    31 Roadster on duece rails (biased here)
    okay almost any Ford roadster
    37 Ford (more bias)
    29-33 Duesenburgs and Auburns- awesome
    33 Plymouth tudor (bodys have very little wood for that era)
    38-40 ford coupe
    55-57 Nomad,belair
    57 Corvette 270HP (first car I can remember my dad owning)
    63 Split window vette -first stingray, first irs rear
    67 RS/SS Camaro Convertable- sold mine recently- red/red M21/350 powered,factory 12 bolt/traction arm setup,power top, etc, and now I want it back.
    69 Z28-RS the 302 screamer with crossram
    some foreigners..
    Lamborghini Miura
    70 Ferrari Daytona Spyder
    70 Maserati Spyder
    70 302 Boss Mustang
    70 Hemi Cuda Convt
    80s Vector-Donovan 350 with twin turbos
    and probably a dozen more.....

  15. hemi
    Joined: Jul 11, 2001
    Posts: 1,961


    The best automotive design was the Volkswagen Beetle. Period.
    Concieved in the early 30's and in production until this year with practically little change.

    THAT's good design.

    and the Model T, the 57 Chevy, and the 71-74 mopar B-bodys.

  16. It is really hard to break it down to just a few cars for me. But I would have to say these are for sure

    32 Ford Roadster
    40 Ford Coupe Deluxe
    71 Cuda
    70 Chevelle
  17. toledobill
    Joined: Apr 9, 2003
    Posts: 369


    Right now, it'd be a 1927 T highboy, a 1940 Chevy sedan, and a 1949 Ford coupe -- but that's only 'cause that's what I have in the driveway/garage. You can never leave 1940 Fords off any list, and the 1954 Studebaker hardtop I had back in 1959 is still one of the most beautiful cars I've ever owned.

    BTW -- checked on the Chapaquiddick ride. It was a 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88.
  18. reefer
    Joined: Oct 17, 2001
    Posts: 787


    `39 deluxe coupe
    `32 highboys(any body style,`cept fordor)
    `59 impala
    `57 chevy pick up (big back winda)
    `36 roadster(chopped)
    `55 210 chev.(race styled)
    `34 5 winda coupe(chopped)
    `40 ford truck(chopped)
    no particular order.
  19. Mel
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 544


    Just to name a few...

    39 Mercury
    56 X-M Turnpike Cruiser (Mercury)
    36 Desoto
    57 Desoto
    39 Chrysler
    49 Buick
    59 Buick
    47 Cadillac
    47 Pontiac
    56 Plymouth
    59 Dodge (ok, so I'm biased on this one)

  20. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,888


    took a while for '57 DeSoto to come up, one of my all time favorites, I would specify Convertible though.

    I don't think anybody said 1937 Studebaker Pickup or '39 Studebaker Coupe yet either.

    Of all the cars listed so far there is not one I would turn down.

  21. Impossilbe, but just a few to show my direction of taste:
    53 Studebaker Starliner ht cpe
    42 Clipper 2-d fastback
    Bentley Continental fastback
    64 Buick Riviera
    Jaguar XK 120
    36 Ford 3-w cpe
    36 Cord 810 Sportsman cpe
    Facel Vega Facel II 4-d ht
    Mercedes 300 SL (the early gullwings...)
    56 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Series 2 Pinin Farina
    24-30 Bugatti T35B
    just to mention a few...
  22. gowjobs
    Joined: Mar 5, 2003
    Posts: 776



    You tryin' to stir some shit up, 'er what?

    -another closet VW nut.
  23. Landmule
    Joined: Apr 14, 2003
    Posts: 458


    Ryan - If I'm not mistaken - Uncle Teddy took Mary Jo for the ride in an Oldsmobile 88.

    1.) 40 Ford - any one of them
    2.) 36 Ford 3 window
    3.) 65 Shelby Mustang GT-350
    4.) Duesenberg Model J
    5.) Cord - all models
    6.) 63 Corvette Split window
    7.) 57-58 Cadillac Brogham
    8.) 63 Riviera
    9.) 63 Lincoln Continental Convertible
    10.) 40 Lincoln Zephyr
    11.) 33-34 Ford Roadster
    12.) Ferrari 265 Dino
    13.) Jaguar XK120
    14.) Jaguar XK-E
    15.) Porsche 911
    16.) 53-56 Ford F-100
    17.) Studebaker Avanti

    and I could probably go on all day. Like most of you my list will be different tomorrow.
  24. Rix2Six
    Joined: Jun 24, 2003
    Posts: 806

    from So. Cal.

    [ QUOTE ]
    BTW -- checked on the Chapaquiddick ride. It was a 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I guess I win the useless trivia contest!
  25. shoebox72
    Joined: Jan 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,490


    There are some great cars on this list, but dosen't anyone like 55-56 Mercury 2dr Hardtops? They're my FAVORITE.

  26. Revhead
    Joined: Mar 19, 2001
    Posts: 3,027

    from Dallas, TX

    I like too many of them but... here's what's on the top of my head.

    GT40, MKIII and the new one.
    1963 Ferrari GTO
    1988 Ferrari 288 GTO
    1969 Alfa Romeo Stradale
    Lamborghini Muira SV
    Cobra S/C 427
    Porsche 907
    '49 Cadillac Sedanette
    '56 Cadillac 4dr hardtop
    '67 Corvette
    '35 Ford Roadster
    '36 dodge humpback
    '32 Ford 5 window
    BMW Z8
    Saleen S7
    Cadillac "Sixteen"

    There's a million more I like, but I'll stop here.
  27. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 23,322


    1.74 Gremlin
    2.81 AMC Concord
    3.82 Pacer Hatchback
    4.74 LTD II 4 door
    5.81 Aries K
  28. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,253


    The BEST automotive design...
    That's tough! What cars are so extreme in design that they reshaped the auto industry...? Hmmmm....

    1) Model T...In construction/parts standardization and the assembly line.

    2) VW Beetle...Did you ever REALLY look at the bare chassis? (WITHOUT thinking...Kit car...Kit car etc that is!) Those things are incredible in design simplicity.

    3) Deuce...just for the V8 alone.

    4)Lotus...For proving the small car/small engine formula over the heavyweights of the 50's.

    5)GTO...say MUSCLE CAR!

    6)Ford GT-40...Just because.

    7)ORIGINAL Mini...Loads of design originality...that worked.

    Thats enough for me...I could go on and on... [​IMG]

  29. My favorites:
    1. Mid forties Packard Clipper
    2. 48 or 9 Stepdown Hudson, before the goofy little bubble taillights
    3. 1957 Chevy - Nomad first, then two door hardtop.
    4. 53 Studey coupe, not hardtop
    5. 59 Buick Electra rag
    6. Hupp Skylark
    7. 62 Chevy full size, any model.
    8. 57 Olds 98 two door hardtop
    9. 51 Mercury Monarch (kinda biased here, though)
    Last and certainly not least
    10. 1961 Canadian Pontiac Laurentian bubble top

    Horoable mention to 53-6 Ford panel trucks, early 30's REO Flying Clouds, and Wilhelm's Chrysler, the only cleanup needed on an ideal design.

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  30. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 11,975


    It will be interesting to see your list for '06

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