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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. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,794

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Cord roadster with the sexy EX out of hood into fenders ,Studebaker 53/54 hardtop V8 coupes,Vett 53/54,Ford T-bird 55/57,Avanti 63/64*****.
    Factory Supercharger*****:p
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  2. Rocket88NZ
    Joined: May 7, 2007
    Posts: 218


    48/49 Cadillac Sedanette
    Cobra Daytona Coupe
    59 Cadillac Coupe Deville
    40 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
    51/52/53 Hudson Hornet Coupe
  3. No particular order
    58 vette. Such a beautiful behind
    36 Pierce arrow 1601 convertible coupe. I grew up in the greater Buffalo area
    64 nova. Perfectly plain and utilitarian.
    32 ford coupe. The most beautiful fenders of the time, perhaps ever....
    55 apache step side. They turned a beautiful car into a beautiful truck... no easy feat.
  4. Deuce roadster
    Model 40 5 passenger roadster (aussie, 19? made)
    '38 Buick sloper (aussie)
    '57 Eldorado Brougham
    '51 Merc coupe 150217Buick'38-copy.jpg

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  6. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,330



    Well, having seen quite a few classic designs since the good old young hot rod days, it is all in the mind as to American automotive designs. Some of the top designs did not make it to the showroom floor, but back then, too racy, too fast or too nice and not stodgy like in the showrooms. Safety and family seemed like that was what was pushing the designs to the factory lines.

    1. The 1940 Ford is the top of my list. All models exemplified the great smooth windswept styling in all models, even in the trucks and panel deliveries. The abundance of the 40 Ford everywhere is evidence to the fact that it is a true hot rod from those early years to today.

    2. The next is the Model A over any of the boxy designs before and after for overall good design in all sections, Truck, RPU, Coupe, Sedan and Sedan Delivery, but, not a Woody…
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    3. The 1961 Chevy Impala two door hardtop was the classic two door hardtop design started early on that catered to the hot rod folks. But, were given less time than the 4 door models for family purchases. Finally, someone in the massive design team got everything together. It is too bad they did not continue the stylish design even with the high performance engine combinations that were available. More sales of family sedans took over the high performance quotas for more money in the factory coffers.

    4. 1962 Corvette was the upgraded model that came from the under powered 1953 introduction model and became a step in the right direction. A real American sports car that could be something. It was a little small in the interior, but it was supposed to be a small sporty car, not a big sedan. With all of the accessories, it is/was a world challenger and local favorite.

    5. Finally, since our dad drove into our driveway in a dark green 1963 Buick Riviera, my brother and I had big eyes for “borrowing” dad’s car for the weekend jaunts. Not a beach cruiser or desert trailblazer, but just a cool design that no one had seen before and it actually stayed around until the last sleek model, a 65. In 66 to 73, Buick lost its way with a gargantuan design. The later models were just labels only nothing special about it, it looked like all of the other Detroit big barges.

    Our dad knew his every 4 year Buick purchase was coming up and in the fall of 67, he bought what we thought was the largest, widest road hog ever built by Buick or Detroit., another bigger Riviera. There was no comparison to the 1963-65 model in any way shape or form... But, it was inline with his Buick purchase rotation.
    My wife and I drove the big 1968 Buick down the Coast Highway to Laguna Beach, but had a difficult time enjoying the always fabulous view, environment and the overall feeling of getting outside for a great pick me up from the coastline and ocean. We had a difficult time centering the big, wide Buick in the narrow or what we felt was a narrow lane. Parking in curbside stalls? Forget it, it was so big and wide that a normal marked curb side parking with meters stall was just not big enough for a safe parallel parking place.

    We had to park in an unmarked street with no specific parking places. So, for us, the Riviera as nice as it was in 63 introduction up to 65 with the smooth design, then, went downhill from that point on into oblivion. Even our dad did not like the big Rivieras in the later years as they were too big for his tastes. He sold it in 3 years and got a smaller sportier Buick.


    So, simple tastes for old classic hot rods and cruisers. No need to own low sporty cars that are hard to see out of for safety or crash protection. We have had our share of classic sporty cars and they fit in their own category. We would include one last category, an open convertible for So Cal cruising and coastal cruising.
    This is class cruising, not the low, sloped front window sporty cars with rock hard seats, cramped quarters and loud noises while driving. It was/has always been in our minds since seeing it in a Long Beach Buick dealer's showroom. The only noise in the Buick Skylark convertible would be the wind blowing in your hair… HA!
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  7. T. Turtle
    Joined: May 20, 2018
    Posts: 283

    T. Turtle

    I have many more (some of which have been mentioned by others) but those are the finalists. I am in Europe and weird, yes.
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    Posts: 8,726


    I didn't change a lot since I played before, but I have to move some of the icons around since there's only room for 5, and I've developed or rekindled a fondness for some:

    1. Still here since 06, the 34 Packards, especially the Dietrichs

    2 Also still here, 36 Ford 3W.

    3 And still here too, 57 Eldorado Brougham.

    4 New to my 5, and the rekindled admiration, 36-7 Cord. With or without outside pipes, so low, modern, no running boards, a 289 flathead, what's not to like. Mine would be the base Westchester sedan NA or supercharged. Although I would give a titty twister to the ACD faithful because the poor thing needs drip rails. The Hollywoods and Skylarks had em, but not the Cord.

    5 All the GM 61 bubbletops. That sport coupe variant just gets it done. Invicta, 88, Ventura, Belair/Impala. I need to win the lottery and add that roof to a 61 Cpe Deville.

    I still give an all time honorable mention to the GT40. We are talking design, and it still hits as fresh today as its winning variant in the mid 60s. Make mine 427 Mk III.
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  9. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,493

    Barn Hunter

    1933-34 Ford
    1953 Buick Skylark convertible
    1956 Continental
    1956-57 Corvette
    1960 Ford Starliner
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  10. PDQ123
    Joined: Aug 2, 2020
    Posts: 2


    1940 Lincoln Continental Convertible
    1956/57 Continental Mk II
    1961 Lincoln Continental convertible
    1962 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
    1963 Chevrolet "Split-Window" Corvette
    1965 Buick Riviera
    1965 Pontiac Bonneville convertible
    1967 Cadillac Eldorado
    1967 Mercury Cougar
    I can't pick just 5
  11. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,683

    Ron Brown

    31E7458D-F77A-4094-B349-FE30D827FCF2.jpeg ADCFC4CE-4520-4A66-AA14-669EBB72A300.jpeg 221BA2C8-0010-42B7-BEF7-71DEF97EA227.jpeg DCC31AFD-41EC-46C6-B8E4-AD0620F60851.jpeg 17FA3774-73A4-4591-A911-A6B6E9E69E5B.jpeg Just spotted this are my five numbered in order....39 Lincoln Zephyr, I believe is the most gorgeous car design of all the sleds so a 50 Merc has to be #2....34 3 window, looks killer from just about any angle.....57 Chevy Apache, tho the 55 and 56 Apaches run a close second, how can an old farm truck look this damn good.....last but not least, the mid 50s Porsche 356s, slobberin' just lookin at them.............tho I posted all pre 60 cars, I had a 79 Transam that is one of the few cars I wish I still had.....the more I see these mid 70s TAs the more I like them, a true standout in the post muscle days that I can assure you, will stand the test of time for body lines....
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  12. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,683

    Ron Brown

    agree here whole heartedly

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