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Top-5 American Automobile Designs

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. eightbanger
    Joined: Feb 17, 2007
    Posts: 378


    Much agreed!..
    1936 3 window is my favorite
    1932 3 window
    1950 Merc
    1960 Cadillac coupe
    And of course, one of the main reasons I like you Ryan: 1965 Riviera

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  2. eye bone
    Joined: Jul 13, 2005
    Posts: 655

    eye bone

    1) The Beatnick Bandit
    2) The Outlaw
    3) The Captain Pepe's
    4) The Mysterion
    5) The Surfite… LOL
  3. yep...
    1936 ford 3W Coupe... sexiest EVER!
    1960 starliner/impala.... cant make up my mind
    1932 ford roadster... duh.
    1965 Buick rivera
    1963 corvette stingray
  4. cleatus
    Joined: Mar 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,277

    from Sacramento

    39 Zephyr coupe
    41 Buick convertible
    36 Ford roadster
    59 Buick Invicta
    34 LaSalle Series 350 rumble seat coupe
  5. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,096


    '58 Cad Coupe Deville
    '55 Ponti Star Chief
    '36 Ford Three Window Coupe
    Deuce Highboy Roadster (Hot Rod Ford)
    '27 Miller 91 (if American race cars count too)

    That was hard!
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2009
  6. '49-'51 Mercury
    '40 Ford Coupe
    '60-'61 Starliner
    '55-'56 Mercury 2dr. HT
    '49-51' Ford Coupe/Tudor
  7. eddie1
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 566


    For me in no particular order & subject to change at any time:
    1. 57 Ford Fairlane
    2. 36 Ford 3-window
    3. 56-57 Continental
    4. 49-51 Ford Sedan
    5. 65 Buick Riveria
  8. Cord 810/812
    36 Ford 3 window coupe
    63-67 Corvette coupe
    53 Studebaker Starlight coupe
    Stu Hilborn's lakester
  9. shellshock
    Joined: Jan 4, 2009
    Posts: 11


    ok, its time to weigh in on the top 5 as I see them
    1963 corvette
    1953 studebaker
    1940 chevy master deluxe (almost bought one twice)
    1960 caddy
    1961 chrysler 300 conv (in red, of course)
  10. kgriff
    Joined: Oct 15, 2008
    Posts: 319

    from CA

    1. 32 Ford Vicky
    2. 55 Chevy Nomad
    3. 62 Chevy Bel Air Bubble Top
    4. 40 Ford Coupe (standard)
    5. 29 Ford Roadster
  11. Green Voodoo
    Joined: May 22, 2007
    Posts: 90

    Green Voodoo
    from Melbourne

    Weasel, i note you refer to " American " fins influencing Italian styling - , i disagree and to set the record straight, I recall pre-war German Grand prix racers such as the Auto Union had fins , but it was the Italians that put Fins on the rear fenders of the Cisitalia D46 chassis at least a couple years before Harley Earl incorporated them into the 48 Cadillac design.

    My list of 5 Notable American designs includes:

    1936 - 37 CORD
    1957 - 58 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
    1953 -55 Corvette
    1953 - 54 Studebaker Starliner Coupe
    1963 - 65 Buick Riviera

    The Kellison J4 Is another notable design that deserves credit.

  12. flatnoseturbo
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 298

    from ontario

    My list would have to include '35 Studebaker convert., '53 Buick Skylark, '56 300B, '53 Studebaker h'top, '39 Ford convert.
  13. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,963


    the early 30's and early 50's were great years for designers

    the early thirties cars look like the designer's only tool was the french curve,
    beatiful flowing lines

    then the early fifties designs were all fresh and advanced after the total lack of new designs during the war

    I don't think I can put a finger on any five specific cars,
    but I'm glad to see so many Studebakers make the list(s)
    and for sure one of my all time favorites are the '53 coupes
  14. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,293

    Member Emeritus

    32 5 windows
    32 roadster pu`s
    40 willys coupe
    49/50 studes
    36 5 windows
  15. Edian
    Joined: Mar 25, 2008
    Posts: 59

    from Idaho

    i think many people don't include the engineering of a car in the design... well i have to cause what is a car with out thinking about the motor, or tanny or suspension...ect. just junk for your yard.
    late fifties fuel injected desoto, and its electronic not mechanical...
    67 chevelle
    cord 810, they were front wheel drive too, it was cool then, not now...
    tucker's, maybe a little odd but still cool as hell
    63 superduty wagon, yea its a pretty much one of a kind car, but watever, it had a 4-speed that was mounted in the ass, independent rear, and a 421, yea thats the kinda thing i want in all my cars....

    and as far as a euro car, what about a vw karman ghia, hell you can actaully get those and there buetifull....
  16. No Plan
    Joined: Nov 2, 2008
    Posts: 254

    No Plan

    My list is more general. Pick 1 each category. Can't go wrong!; '32-'34 Ford, any body style; '40 Ford, any body style; '60 and earlier Corvette; '53-54 Studebaker hdtp or coupe only; and just for contrast to the smooth and round '50's Corvettes: '59 Chevys! any body style but 4 doors. (What were they thinking?!!! The management that OK'd them into production HAD to be on some SERIOUS MEDS!!! I truly LOVE these! -made to be lowered, flaked & scalloped!!!To me, the '59 El Camino is the WILDEST!! Completely off the page!)---OK, I'll calm down now. Good night.
  17. turdchazer
    Joined: Dec 4, 2008
    Posts: 644

    Member Emeritus
    from Spokane

    1. 63 Lincoln Continental
    2. 1959 ford p/u ( I just love em)
    3. 1954 & Early 55 chevy p/u
    4. 40 ford
    5. 66-77 Broncos
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 9,262


    I see some common thoughts on here. Some I'd have to agree.

    1. 34 Packard 1108 Custom Dietrich Stationary Coupe

    2. 36 Ford 3W coupe

    3. 41 Packard 180 Darrin Conv. Victoria

    4. 61 Cadillac 2dr H.T.

    5. 41 Lincoln Continental Conv.

    The Continental is pretty weak with regard to it's "exotic" aluminum headed V-12. That and it's overgrown Model T suspension don't realy inspire, but the lines on that car are pure sex appeal. Much cleaner than many of the customs of the time, it took until 41 for the Packard Darrin to catch up to the same build level. We're doing one in the shop and I could look at the lines of that car all day.

    You need to experience a Dietrich Stationary Cpe in person. I can't even express the balance, the clean and striking proportions on a 147" wheelbase(!)...screw it, here's one:

  19. me too: '53 Studebaker HT coupe
    '49 Buick vert
    '34 Ford coupe
    '62 Thunderbird vert
    '63 Studebaker Avanti
  20. JoesGarage
    Joined: Dec 13, 2008
    Posts: 26

    from Murland

    I would like to point out that there is a mistake in the list. Number 5 is not a Lincoln. It is a Continental. At that point in time, Lincoln had not aquired the Continetal division. Sot it is just a Continental. I have been corrected on this point many times by my neighbor who owns 2 fully restored 1956 Continentals. One white, one black. They are a fun car to drive and ride around in. We took it out on the highway and were doing 95mph and the car just glides along, quiet and smooth.
  21. HRS
    Joined: Nov 7, 2008
    Posts: 362


    1- '35 Ford 3-window
    2 - '54 Buick
    3 - '63 Riv
    4 - '32 roadster
    5 - '67 427" Stingray
  22. RancheroMan
    Joined: Mar 31, 2006
    Posts: 260


    53 Stude h/t
    57 ford fairlane h/t
    40 ford coupe
    32 ford coupe
    64 Rivi
    64 Caddy
    35 Indian Chief (thought i'd throw a curve with a bike)

    also a mention to the designers responsible, ET Gregorie, Bob Bourke, Oscar Hedstrom and i'm not sure who claims the 57 ford, Rivi, or Caddy.
  23. No particular order, but just neat designs I like.

    50 Plymouth Business Coupe
    63-65 Rivieras
    66 Chevelle
    38 Ford coupe
    63 Valiants
    50-54 GMC trucks
  24. Well you dropped the shoebox for the Mark2, having one of each not sure if I would've done the same. Your #1 choice has been mine for about 45 years. fell in love with 36 roadsters when i was just a kid,IMHO prettiest production car ever built.
  25. 1929rats
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 632


    The key to these lists are to not read others posts before you write down what comes off your mind right away, other wise , you may be swayed.... here are mine that I know will probally raise a few eyebrows...

    1) '61 Pontiac Bonneville - just the prettiest car ever built.....ever. period.
    2) '61 corvette (1st year with stingray back, but still remain are the coves with spears)
    3). '59 El camino (also toss in the other impala models, but the '59 elky is style and grace matched with form and function - just a beautiful car/truck!)
    4). '32 ford 3w with 2.5-3" chop. (there isnt much prettier than this car chopped correctly. A great design stock, but the chop does it all for me and thats why Ive got it at 4 and not 1. --- If Henry built these "chopped" it'd be #1 all day).
    5), '71 Buick riveria - boat tail -----say what you will....I almost wrote down '66 AMC Marlin, so THERE!

    Neat list to take part in here. I hadnt done this before, but am curious if I'll change my mind after reading the other posts......
  26. eye bone
    Joined: Jul 13, 2005
    Posts: 655

    eye bone

    I think the cars you could buy back in the day that if you had a real limited buget once you got one. If you just got them into the right stance w/the right wheels & tire combo… it could pass 'til you could afford more mods.

    1) 32 Ford 3 or 5 window coupe (well any model)
    2) 36 Ford coupe
    3) 38 Chevy coupe
    4) 40 Ford coupe
    5) 49 Ford coupe
  27. 38zephyr
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 622


    My 5 favorites in no order , stock from the dealer and without getting too exotic :

    ALL 32-36 Ford 3 windows (sorry for cheating , can't pick just 1)
    ALL 41-49 Cadillac sedanettes (" ")
    1938 Lincoln Zephyr 3 window
    1939 Mercury convertible
    1939 Ford deluxe wood wagon
  28. Woodguy
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
    Posts: 44


    An 84 caravan?
  29. sinatrakool
    Joined: Jun 27, 2008
    Posts: 46

    from Upstate NY

    1- '59 pontiac bonneville
    2- '54 buick skylark
    3- '57 chevrolet belair
    4- '63 corvette stingray
    5- '57 cadillac eldorado convertible

    honorable mention 1978 Mustang II COUPE

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