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Art & Inspiration Top-5 American Automotive Designs

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Sep 14, 2022.

  1. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
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  2. hotdamn
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,284


    same list for me just change out the thunderbird for a 63.5 galaxie
  3. hotdamn
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,284


    you know in retrospect I think I may change the 36 to a 35 as well :)
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  4. 210superair
    Joined: Jun 23, 2020
    Posts: 1,489

    from Michigan

    I'd have to have Edsel Ford's model 40 special on my list for sure. That thing is really cool.
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  5. Silva
    Joined: Apr 28, 2005
    Posts: 463


    Tough to pick just five!
    In no particular order, my current choices are...
    33-34 Ford 3 window
    33-34 Ford Roadster
    39 Ford convert
    59 El Camino
    65 Riviera

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  6. I’ve already thought of 10 more to add to my top 5!
  7. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 24,146

    Staff Member

    any 5 Lee Pratt builds would go great on any real car guys top 5 list. The man just plain gets it.....
  8. winduptoy
    Joined: Feb 19, 2013
    Posts: 2,875


    1963 Studebaker Avanti
    1956 Ford Victoria
    1955 Buick Skylark
    1933 Ford 3 window
    1931 Ford Victoria
  9. Coming from the angle of breakthrough beautiful styling, not necessarily popular cars, here is my list

    1933 Willys - years ahead of Phord and Chebby in going sleak
    1957 Chevy - can't believe this car made nobody's list. I'll do it. Best use of fins in the fin era.
    1940 Ford - although one could argue Phord was just catching up with '37-39 Willys in curvyness
    1960 Buick - one of the most beautiful cars ever in my never-to-be-humble opinion
    1959 El Camino - out of the box thinking resulting in design success. Prize winner for acreage of sheet metal facing down!

    My picks reflect the impact of the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild influence. The contest was instituted by godfather of car styling Harley Earl to identify styling talent in the teen years. Total success I reckon.

    Here is a photo of the FBCG alumni on the styling staff of GM in the mid 70s. Guild members also worked for all the other car companies too but primairly in GM.

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  10. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
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    This is easy.
    1936 Ford 3 window coupe
    1940 Ford deluxe two door sedan
    1949 Mercury 2 door
    1959 Ford Thunderbird
    1963 Corvette coupe

    And about 50 honorable mentions!
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  11. Bdamfino
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 426

    from Hamlet, NC

    It varies, but considering my love for late sixties/ mid seventies street rods and early musclecars.....
  12. 1: 1959 Custom Royal convertible, although I would settle for a 2door hard top
    2: 1957 Fargo/Dodge Sweptside
    3: 1953 Studebaker coupe, once had a very rusty four door…
    4: 1957-59 Desoto convertible
    5: 1964 Barracuda.

    I’m obviously a little biased as well…this list likely changes by the hour…
  13. Any GM car 59-60 (could probably say the same for 61-62)
    36/6 Ford
    39 Merc
    51 merc
    56 Chevy
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  14. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,401

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    '39 Ford Deluxe Coupe
    '65 Riviera
    '55 Nomad
    '53-'55 Corvette
    '37 Chev Coupe
  15. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 14,073

    from KCMO

    Man top 5. I’ll
    Have to chew on that for a minute.

    your 38, that photo specifically really, set the hook in me on angry traditional ish hotrods straight away. Have always loved it
  16. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
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    41 GMC K-18

    So many cool makes and years and models to choose from.
    I love the oddball stuff, that most don't really appreciate.
    My choices are,

    49 Caddy 2 door fast back. My favorite tail fin car.
    Early 63 Lincoln Continental, used to own one.
    Chrysler 300, great styling and they were fast.
    50 Old's 2 door Rocket 88, great lines.
    Mid 50's Studebaker, my other favorite tail fin car.

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  17. All this way with no 41 Willys? Add to that 33/34 ford 3 window, any 2 door 55 chev, 1939 zephyr, finish off with any 57 pickup- I think they were all pretty good looking that year.
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  18. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
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    No such thing as a '56-'57 Lincoln Continental Mark II. Continental was a separate division of Ford and they were made in a separate plant (Allen Park Body and Assembly).
  19. .....Top-5-American Automotive Designs. Ryan was pretty specific. We've all fallen into the trap of coming up with our own favorite cars, myself included. As much as I like the '40/'41 Willys, I can't really put it in a grouping of the Top 5 Designs. Cool as hell done up gasser style, but really just a stoggy little economy car in its' stock configuration. Sorry, JMHO.:)
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  20. Only 5 ?!

    40 mercury /ford

    41 Willy’s coupe

    55 Chevy hard top

    65 Lincoln continental

    65 Buick riviera

    Ask me in 5 minutes and that list will change .:D
  21. I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned a 57 or 58 Ford 2 door hardtop that age has allowed the springs to sag some. I thought it had graceful lines. :)
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  22. Davkin
    Joined: Apr 5, 2008
    Posts: 402

    from SLC, Utah

    Narrowing the list down to 5 just seems to be impossible for me, the list would change by the minute. But the '65 Riv would always be at the top of my list as well. It might be cliche but the '32 Ford roadster would always be on my list as well. The other three slots would constantly change depending on my mood.
  23. Rckt98
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,104


    1931 Ford Deluxe Phaeton (2 door)
    1936 Ford 3 window coupe
    1956 Chev Nomad
    1932 Ford 5 window coupe
    1937 Chev Sedan Delivery
  24. 210superair
    Joined: Jun 23, 2020
    Posts: 1,489

    from Michigan

    We're a hot rod site, and of course I'm all in on that but I feel like this should have been called best 1929-1965 car designs that suit our site. Because really? Best designs ever pre 65? Ford Victorias? I'm sorry, but I'm a car guy, and if it's that open, no classics would be on my list.

    Ferrari Daytona.
    Lamborghini 350 gt.
    Porsche 550.
    Porache 356.
    Fors gt 40.

    (I already mentioned edsels special 40)

    I guess at least an American car made it on my list, though it's mostly a Lola.

    If we want to talk best designed cars we like here, different conversation. But best designed cars of those years? American production cars don't enter my mind as "best designed".

    You may ban me now..... Lmao
  25. The only willys I have ever seen were gassers. And say what Vandenplas you couldn’t even come up with a single Dodge? Great topic, 5 is pretty limiting.
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  26. flatout51
    Joined: Jul 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,106


    2.jpeg no idea how this car is not on EVERYONES list?! Haha!
  27. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 52,005


    the ladies have too many clothes on. Skin sells cars.
  28. The 64/5 cutoff here. Due to muscle cars gaining popularity, custom trends changing or the fact that Detroit styling took a nose dive after 64.
    Comparing a 1959 whatever to a 1969 whatever is like comparing Marlyn Monroe to Taylor Swift.
    At least the post 64/5 offerings got crazy engines.
  29. I am with Gotgas on two of these, the '57 DeSoto and the '29 Ford Roadster. But his Chrysler also has to be on the list, plus a '53 Studebaker and I'd split the difference with your choice of late '30s Fords, boss, by choosing the '37 coupe over the '36 or '38 Fords. Just love the hood treatment on the '37 and the headlight shapes of those three years are right on the money.
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  30. MCjim
    Joined: Jun 4, 2006
    Posts: 550

    from soCal

    1964 Cobra Daytona coupe
    1964 Cheetah
    1963 Corvette coupe
    1953 Studebaker
    1936 Auburn speedster

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