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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RaginPin3Appl3, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. CNC-Dude
    Joined: Nov 23, 2007
    Posts: 943


    I can't help but laugh inside when I think of the engineers and designers of cars like the AMC Pacer when they finished all their drafting and detail work and are so proud of themselves by cheering and patting each other on the backs and all the others that contributed to the design thinking to themselves that they have truly come up with a great new concept and idea for a car. I'm sure there are many other board meetings in times past that others thought the same thing for their designs thinking they have created a new masterpiece in automotive history.....when they really didn't!
  2. RaginPin3Appl3
    Joined: Mar 31, 2016
    Posts: 1,172


    Well really they had something special. You gotta remember that styles change. Some cars are timeless but in the 70s, cars like the pacer and gremlin really weren't that awful looking and the point of them wasn't to look good. They were just meant to be cheap and good on gas

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  3. '59 Ford... anyone for a boat ride?
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  4. Jessie J.
    Joined: Oct 28, 2004
    Posts: 346

    Jessie J.

    1956 Hudson. 'Hashes'. Did the 'stylists' sit down and conspire on how to make the absolute weirdest and homeliest car in America?
  5. aussie57wag
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 233

    from australia

    The hamb friendly cars I hate are the catalogue built street rods. Just buy walking around it you can just about pick what catalogues the builder had on his shelf. He clearly never went to a swap meet or on Craigslist to find parts. Every bit came new in a box as a kit with instructions. It irritates me even more when somebody gets a good original survivor and rebuilds it with catalogues and of the shelf kits.

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  6. ChaosActual
    Joined: Dec 30, 2016
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  7. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,455

    Rusty O'Toole

    The Pacer was conceived at a time of gas shortages and downsizing. Their concept was to make a new kind of small car, one that had the interior room of an intermediate and the outside size of a compact. To do this, they came up with the first wide, small car. This was before the rest of the industry thought of 'downsizing'. An integral part of the design was a new Wankel engine they had contracted for from General Motors. At the last minute GM welshed on the deal and they had to squeeze in the sixes and V8s they had on hand.

    In spite of this the new Pacer was a sensation, very popular and set new sales records, for about a year.

    Put a Pacer beside a Porsche 928 and the Porsche looks like a chopped and channeled Pacer. They could have come off the same drawing board. But when Porsche does it, everybody thinks it's great.
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    Need I say more............
  9. RaginPin3Appl3
    Joined: Mar 31, 2016
    Posts: 1,172


    You do :p thats my second favorite car

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  11. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,006


    A gorgeous gold supercharged one was destroyed in an accident near my place last summer...

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  12. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,201

    Ned Ludd

    I generally like the weird stuff, and that includes most of the more WTF-were-they-thinking? designs of our era. I must say that I could never get my teeth into '41-'48 Fords.

    In the sacrilege department, I just don't get the Cord 810/812.
  13. CoolYourJets
    Joined: Dec 16, 2016
    Posts: 172


    Oh, man. I just about got through this thread without seriously being hurt. The 810 is gorgeous and I may risk a divorce if I ever found a good-priced one for sale! : )
  14. With nature we have evolution to experiment and try different designs. Some of those experiment thrive but many more are evolutionary dead ends. I think the same dynamic happens with vehicle styling. Lots of stuff gets tried but the marketplace is a tough environment and only the strong survive (ie: the best ideas).

    But the funny thing is, some of those weird, funky, ugly failures can be the most interesting and broadly accepted favorites, even to the point of having a cult following. This forum alone has hundreds of examples of a "least favorite" that has been made into a Cinderella story and a whole lot of ugly has been fixed up with some pretty cool ideas.

    I suppose vehicles are like puppy dogs.... you just can't make one ugly enough that someone couldn't love it.

    The short version.....
    My most favorite - my car
    My least favorite - your car
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  15. Interesting, every car I've had somebody here hates it.
  16. Bert Kollar
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,002

    Bert Kollar

    It is interesting that there is such a variety. Some of those like the 1958 were really hot in 1958. We spent some time in a brand new two door hardtop, black on black , tri power and it was cool then. The Cord is a timeless classic. But beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Even the Gremlin has showed up looking good.
  17. Anything after the middle 60's.
    Turn out the lights and close the thread.:p

    *Yea, I know. Those are not HAMB friendly. But they are not HAMB welcome.
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  19. srs1
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
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    <-<-<-I take exception to that
  20. My HAMB era car is in my shop now. Certainly not good looking but interesting. It's a 1959 Titled date and off the road since 1959.

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  21. In high school we had 3 students in our little potato-farming town with 58 chevy Impalas...all convertibles. I thought they were awful.
    A guy in our club has a black 58 Impala hardtop with all the whistles and bells, 3 antennas, skirts, Continental kit. stainless fake exhaust outlets in the quarters, fake spotlights...ugh.
    But I'd take a 58 Biscayne with lowering, nosing and decking and Americans in a heartbeat.
  22. RaginPin3Appl3
    Joined: Mar 31, 2016
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    The 58 chevy is my favorite car, but I completely agree the impalas are overdone. I like the delrays, biscaynes, and belair posts

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  23. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,320


    Most of the '58s are pretty homely, and the '58 Olds is pretty ridiculous, but no more than most of the competitors. I do like the ad copy, "Wherever you go, it's adventure ho!", sounds like an adult swim cartoon.

    But an old fogey ride like a '58 Olds probably shouldn't be considered HAMB friendly anyway, with the exception of grabbing the mill and hydro for a hot rod.


    And I'm going to say it... '59 Cadillacs are not attractive in comparison to other '50s and early '60s Caddies. Yes the crazy excess makes them cool, and since they are Cadillacs, that automatically adds coolness, but I don't get the lust for the '59s. Maybe it's just because seemed like every stupid '80s music video and teen movie had one in it. '60, '61, '62 are just better looking, and certainly are more cohesive designs.
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  24. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,637


    All 58 GM, but 57 Mercurys have to be the worst. Ugly as a man's butt. And 38 Oldmobile. And 41-42 Fords.
  25. thunderplex
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,181


    Ouch, ...the '41 Ford and '57 Merc stabbed me in the heart. Amazing how we think, ...those are two of my favorites. I've never owned a '57 Merc, ...but would love to have a 2 dr sedan. I wish I still owned my '41 Ford short door coupe.
  26. Fedcospeed
    Joined: Aug 17, 2008
    Posts: 2,011


    Better not say or I,ll be kicked off.Lets just say I hate cookie cutter.You asked
  27. Fedcospeed
    Joined: Aug 17, 2008
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    Iam with you on the weird stuff part Ned
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  28. 56cadillackid
    Joined: Dec 23, 2016
    Posts: 103

    from new york

    I like the 58 olds even the 4 door some thing about a car that excessive I think is pretty neat, that being said I don't think there is a single 1950s American car I don't like

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  29. jamesgs4
    Joined: Aug 22, 2007
    Posts: 253

    from denver

    T-buckets. Never saw the appeal.
  30. Schwanke Engines
    Joined: Jun 12, 2014
    Posts: 784

    Schwanke Engines

    Amen, to that the only good thing to ever come from them are the baby Hemi's.

    Funny we are in the process of doing a full build on this exact car for a guy right now, custom frame since they don't have one, M2 front 4 Link rear on Bags. With an LS1 450hp package and T56 Transmission with factory look alike wheels. Its going to be a pretty agile Tank. It's Fugly as hell, but Ugly is cool in it's own right.

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