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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. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 3,824


    No one here has listed it but I think a '39 Nash is a great looking car.
  2. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,717

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Favorite designs right out the factory or once modified/built? A stock 40/41 Willys is sort of homely [IMO] but neither would I kick a SWC version out of my garage. A lot of the likes with pics are after alterations, a least lowering; stance mods.
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  3. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,717

    seb fontana
    from ct

    A 66,67,68 Ford Galaxy fast backs look pretty slick for a big car, IMO.
  4. Ok

    but not close to the late 50s and early 60s styling
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  5. klawockvet
    Joined: May 1, 2012
    Posts: 495


    Color makes a big difference in the choices. Hard to pick just five. If I won a couple of the biggest Powerball lotteries I would give Leno a run for the money.
    Black 33 Ford 3 window
    Midnight blue 56 Bel Air hardtop
    Black 40 Ford Coupe
    Almost any dark color 60 Ford Starliner
    Red 62 Corvette
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  6. klawockvet
    Joined: May 1, 2012
    Posts: 495


    Actually there are very few on this whole thread that I wouldn't covet and be proud to own. Its sad there were so many great cars of the HAMB era and so damn few since then. Anybody else drive down the highway and count how many ugly pieces of crap go by before you see a passable design? My generation truly lived in the best of times.
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 52,352


    Yup....even the hideous 59 Rambler looks pretty damn nice, among all the late models. At least it has some style...ugly though it may be.
  8. I can't do it......I can't make a list that short. I like 'em ALL....well at least pieces anyway.....a dash here, a seat there, a gentle curve of a fender, an ornate interior trim piece.

    The pocket door of a Darrin, the utility of a Kaiser Traveler, the mesmerizing dash of a 300, the stark, almost primitiveness of a Model A or T...........sooooooo many more....

    I need more space, more time, more tools, WAAAY more skills......I just need MORE.
  9. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,712


    '55 Chevy Delray, I've had four
    '29 Ford Roadster
    '32 Ford chopped 3W
    '32 Ford Roadster
    '35 Ford 3W
    These are my five favorites
  10. Top 5 American automotive designs ehh? Well I suppose I can pick 5 . 1. 1959 Dodge Coronet ( my father had one, miss ya dad) 2. Any Dietrich bodied Packard ( if you’ve seen one you understand) 3. 1956 Ford F -100 4. 49-51 Ford/Lincoln 5. 1958 Lincoln Premier
  11. GasserTodd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 479


    Modified - we are hot rodders after all

    36 Ford 3 window coupe
    53 Studebaker coupe
    59 El Camino
    23 T The Winged Express
    49 Ford coupe

    Factory Stock

    29 Dusenburg
    25 Hispano Suiza
    33 Cadillac V16
    61 Jaguar E type roadster
    29 Bentley 4.5 litre Blower

    The factory stock ones are budget killers tho.
  12. Tow Truck Tom
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 831

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    Me three, four shore. However there were none offered to the public, A one time custom.

    Interesting how that model grew into a swan. I had a convertible, Sunliner.
    Converts are always great but compared to the other tastes of the day it looked dorky. Now its a keeper.
  13. Helge71
    Joined: Nov 30, 2012
    Posts: 122


    Not easy to pick only five...

    '65 Pontiac Grand Prix
    '34 Ford Roadster
    '57 Pontiac Safari
    '63 Lincoln Continental
    '59 Pontiac Bonneville Coupe
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  14. Super/Stock Poncho
    Joined: May 11, 2009
    Posts: 128

    Super/Stock Poncho
    from Missouri

    Mine narrowed down to top 5 in no particular order:
    33 Ford Model 40
    57 Chevrolet Belair
    61 Pontiac Ventura
    65 Pontiac Catalina
    65 Buick Riviera
    Honorable Mention: 57 Dodge Royal Lancer.
    I could easily add 5 more to this list
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2022
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  15. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,531

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Depends on the decade.
    It’ll change tomorrow.
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    Never really cared much for the boxy 32’s.
    32 ford pickup of course
    38 Chevy PU
    50 chevy PU
    40 ford PU
    57 chevy PU
  16. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 847


    Tuff call! But here we go...
    33/34 Ford 3 or 5 window... depends which way the wind is blowing
    40 Ford Deluxe
    40/41 Ford PU
    56 Ford Victoria
    61 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Conv
  17. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 4,518

    Rand Man

    Yes, it may take me all day to narrow down a top five. I’ll go out on a different limb, and choose 1956 as the top year across all makes. I’m including trucks too.
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  18. jamesgr81
    Joined: Feb 3, 2008
    Posts: 271


    I would say that unquestionably that the top 4 are :
    1932 Ford
    1940 Ford
    1955-57 Chevy
    1950 Mercury
    I think those 4 define the most timeless and enduring designs that are universally thought of when thinking about American Hot Rods.

    Certainly many beautiful designs but not as ubiqutous as the 1936 Cord, Supercharged Duesenberg J, 1949 Cadillac Sedanette, 1963 Corvette and many personal choices like 1954 Darrin, the 1953 Cunningham and so many more...

    My pick for #5:
    1950 Chevy Styleline
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  19. 32Stoker
    Joined: Jul 1, 2015
    Posts: 362



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  20. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 4,587


    HAMB compliant, stock....47-53 Chevy truck, 53 Stude, 57 Corvette,57 Plymouth, 64 Riviera......
  21. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,536

    51 mercules

    A rivi is on my bucket list.
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  22. 1. 1935/6 Auburn Speedster, 2. 1936/7 Cord, 3. 53 Buick Skylark, 4. 1949 Merc, 5. 1955 Lincoln Continental
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  23. lcfman
    Joined: Sep 1, 2009
    Posts: 356

    from tn

    1940 Ford
    1936 Auburn Speedster
    1957 Corvette
    1937 Lincoln Zephyr
    1965 Buick Riviera
    alternate 1959 Chevrolet Impala
  24. I scrolled through the new posts and had this thought: what did I fall in love with unmodified? I took that to be what Ryan was talking about. I'm plenty old but I never saw a stock model a or a 32 that got me excited. They were starting points. :) The cars in the mid 50's started to get my attention much more. It would be around 1960 before I would develop a sense of style in my mind besides chrome and polished stainless that was so common. I don't think I could pick a top 5. To me this is the same as someone asking me to pick my top 10 songs. I respect those who can do it but I fall in love easily. LOL.
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  25. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,650

    Stan Back
    from California

    Ya know, 20s, 30s, 40s American cars were so very near the same looking -- really! Sure, some extra-sporty models stood out, but did the Chrysler not look like a Buick. Look again. The rare high-line ones even had bodies that crossed manufacturer's lines.

    So here's my list (I know you've been waiting for it) . . .

    54 Studebaker Hardtops (Why in the hell did they bother to make a post model when every change cost money for the company? I think they had 3 or 4 wheelbases for the same fucking car.)

    56 Chrysler 300 (Less is more.)

    56 Continental

    65 Buick Riviera

    60 Ford Starliner
    (A beautiful champion following the 59 models.)
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  26. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,929


    33-34 3 window Fords
    40 Ford
    56 Nomad
    63-65 Riviera (that black one on the first page almost sopped my heart)
    61 Impala 2 door hardtop.
  27. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,182


    55-57 Thunderbird.

    58-59 Chevrolet Impala.

    61 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Bubble.

    62 Pontiac Grand Prix.

    1968 to 1972 el Camino.
  28. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 5,202


    In no particular order:

    1961 Chevy bubbletop (Moriarity's is a great example)
    any C2 Corvette roadster (yeah; folks call them roadsters but the windows rolled up)
    1933 Ford full fendered 3-window coupe (preferably all black)
    1939 Ford Deluxe coupe (preferably resale red)
    1955 Chevy; either 2-door post or Nomad

    honorable mentions (also in no particular order): 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury, 1965 Riviera, 1957 Corvette, highboy 28/29 Ford roadster, and 1939 Buick

    b-t-w; (see wfo guy's post above) about 15 years ago I started to make a list of my favorite 100 songs. The list now has 474 songs in it.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2022
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  29. Gahrajmahal
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 473


    I noticed as each member has replied with their likes it has been interpreted as “what original car design is your favorite as a base to start your personalization on”. Modifying the cars as we do. Even Ryan’s Riviera had that cool pearlcraft steering wheel on it.

    I’m an equal opportunity cool car guy and could go with everybody’s list so far.
  30. '57 Bel Air 2-door hardtop
    '57 Chevy Nomad
    '62 Olds Starfire
    '62 Corvette
    '63 Corvette Split Window

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