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Top-5 Best American Automotive Designs

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. Ryan
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    Every couple of years, I like to sit down and list my top-5 favorite American automotive designs of all time. It's actually pretty interesting to go back and look at some of my previous selections to see how time changes thought. Here's where I stand as of 10:12am this morning:

    1. 1936 Ford (all of em)
    2. 1965 Buick Riviera
    3. 1932 Ford Roadster
    4. 1949 Ford Club Coupe
    5. 1938 Ford Coupe (seriously!)

    Where do you stand?
     
  2. Nick32vic
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    1. 1957 Buick
    2. 1935 Ford
    3. 1963 Lincoln Continental 4-door
    4. 1941 Ford C.O.E.
    5. 1959 Chevrolet El Camino
     
  3. Malcolm
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    That's one hell of a list you have there!

    I'd have to add the '39 (first year, all models) and '50 Mercurys (2 dr)... just off the top of my head.

    Malcolm
     
  4. 1932 Ford 3 window coupe
    1953 Studebaker Starliner
    1940 Lincoln Zephyr 3 window
    1959 Chevrolet El Camino
    1965 Buick Riviera
     

  5. arkiehotrods
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    For me, in no particular order, its
    1934 Ford 5 window coupe
    1940 Ford Deluxe coupe
    1956 Nomad
    1957 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
    56/57 Continental Mark II

    But on the other hand, what looks better than a chopped, channeled, fenderless Model A coupe!
     
  6. Gotgas
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    32 Ford 3W
    53 Studebaker
    39 Ford DeLuxe Coupe
    63 Buick Riviera
    57 DeSoto 2dr HT
     
  7. JamesG
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    1. 1919 Center door T
    2. 1970 Cuda
    3. 1955 Pontiac Safari
    4. 1955 Chevrolet Hardtop
    5. 1961 Buick Bubble Top
     
  8. hatch
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    39 Ford deluxe coupe.....
     
  9. 1) 63-67 Corvette coupe
    2) Cord (any)
    3) 67 Eldorado
    4) 59 El Camino
    5) 33-34 Ford 3W coupe
     
  10. Aaron65
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    1. 1963 Riviera
    2. 1949 Roadmaster Riviera
    3. 1957 Plymouth Belvedere
    4. 1941 Lincoln Continental
    5. I always leave it for my '53 Special or '65 Mustang :), but really it's probably the Cord 810/812
     
  11. 3wLarry
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  12. ynottayblock
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    only five? damn thats hard.....i'll give it a shot

    32 ford 3 window coupe
    39 mercury coupe
    56/57 lincoln mark II (absolutly stunning design)
    studebaker avanti (round headlights)
    33/34 3 window coupe
     
  13. ANewBeat
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    no particular order...

    '36 Ford 5w
    '41 Plymouth Coupe
    '53 Chevy Hardtop
    '58 Chevy Impala
    '34 Ford Coupe

    ...ask me tomorrow, and it will be 5 completely different cars.
     
  14. old beet
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    1. 1941 Lincoln Continental
    2. 1940 Mercury Coupe
    3. 1933 Ford Roadster
    4. 1953 Cad El Dorado
    5. 1949 Mercury Coupe....Ya, I got one!......OLDBEET
     
  15. ig'nant
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    32 Ford 3W
    49 Ford
    57 Olds
    63 T-bird
    65 Riviera

    Edit: Honorable mention goes to 65-66 Mustang Fastbacks, but that's probably just me.
     
  16. DeuceDog
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    1932 Ford 3-Window
    Tri-5's (does that count for one or three?)
    70 1/2 Camaro
    61 Chevy bubble top
    1936 Ford 3-window

    DD
     
  17. sodas38
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    Before I joined the HAMB, I was a "Street Rod" guy. But since I've been paging through this site just about every day (almost religious about it) my tastes have changed dramatically. I used to think 36 Ford's were ugly (What???). Anyway, today my list would be:
    1) 1932 Ford Roadster
    2) 1935 Ford Coupe
    3) 1933/34 Ford Coupe
    4) 1955 Chevrolet
    5) 1954 Buick
     
  18. NashRodMan
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    no order here....
    39 Ford Deluxe Coupe
    38 Ford Standard Coupe
    59 Caddy Eldo convet
    57 Cad Coupe deville/Eldo
    32 Ford or 31 Model A Coupe

    I know, thats more then 5 but I love them all.
    Paul
     
  19. Spark Plug
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    This is actually very difficult for me...There are a lot I like and/or would love to have. But, the ones that when I see at a show or driving down the road always grab my attention are:

    5. First Gen Camaro (68 is my favorite though)
    4. 69-70 Chev Short Fleet pickup
    3. 57 Chevy 2dr Hardtop
    2. 1959 Corvette
    1. 30-31 Model A - Really Model A anything, but lean more towards 30-31.
     
  20. 1953 Studebaker Coupe
    36 Ford 3 or 5W
    1959 Chevrolet El Camino
    49 Olds Fastback 30-31 Ford Coupe
    I'm lucky enough to own two of the 5
     
  21. Dooley
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    1936 Ford, all. Possibly the best looking front end of any model ever.

    1939-40 Ford. A car that needs no modifications to look cool

    1932 Ford. The grille alone is a piece of art.

    1963 Corvette split window.

    1967 Mustang Fastback. Bad ass, thanks Steve McQueen.
     
  22. Fat Hack
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    Not limiting myself soley to 1928-64 stuff, my list includes some cars that I just fell in love with the first time I saw them. I know some people will scratch their heads because they've never actually LOOKED at some of them...running their eyes over the whole car to take in all the lines, they just let their preconceived notions of the era they hail from taint their opinions...but here's my top five, as of Today!

    1. 1939 Ford Deluxe coupe
    2. 1952 Chevrolet two door coupe
    3. 1965 Chevelle/Malibu two door hardtop
    4. 1974 Camaro
    5. 1976 Plymouth Volare

    Hate the Camaro and the Volare all you want, I think they were two of the many best looking designs from the Disco Decade!!!

    :)
     
  23. chaddilac
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    53 Stude Champion has to be in there somewhere... The design of that car was completely different than any other out there.
     
  24. zman
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    1. 1957 Buick 2 door Hardtop
    2. 1965 Buick Riviera
    3. 48 Pontiac Silverstreak
    4. 50 Buick Roadmaster
    5. 35 Buick 3 Window
     
  25. buschandbusch
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    32 Ford 5w
    37 Lincoln Zephyr 3w
    50 Ford business coupe
    Duesenberg J

    and I have a special fondness for 67 Vettes, look good from every angle, inside and out, and speeding by in a blur. Wouldn't change a single thing. My dad and brother in the late 70's- dig the cadillac wire hubcaps! They're still on their today.
     

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  26. chevnut
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    my top 5 list....6

    1. 36 Ford - all
    2. 32 3 window
    3. 46-48 chevy
    4. 37 chevy sedan delivery
    5. 37-39 lincoln zephyr

    #6 is a toss up between a 54 chevy and a 49chevy fleetline.
     
  27. No order here....
    32 ford 3 window
    36 ford 3 window
    32 ford roadster
    63 vette coupe
    39 ford deluxe convert
     
  28. Mootz
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    36 fords
    32 five window
    39-40 fords
    tri-fives
    40-41 ford pickup (gasp!)

    (this will all change tomorrow)

    Mootz
     
  29. Sam F.
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    in no particular order..

    39 lincoln zephyr
    56 chevy nomad
    53 volkswagen splitwindow beetle
    57 porsche 356 coupe
    47 chevy fleetline
     
  30. lownrusty
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    36 ford 3-window #1
    33 ford 3-window #2
    57 ford Ranchero #3
    60 caddy #4
    63 corvette #5
     

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