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Cars that you think are good looking
Posted by PFJN on Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:09 PM

Hi,

After reading the threads about 1st cars and unattractive cars, it got me thinking about some cars that I have come across over time that I think are good looking, and I was wondering what cars others may particularly find attractive.

For me, I am particularly fond of late 1940/early 1950 cars, especially Buicks and Chevys.  I own a 1951 Buick Special, as kind of a hobby car, and have recently made it my Avatar here.  In addition though, I also think the 1946 and 1950 Buicks were very attractive, as well as the 1949 Cadillac Series 61, as shown below.

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1946, 1950 & 1951 Buick Specials

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1947 & 1949 Buick Roadmaster & 1949 Series 61 Cadillac

In addition though, over the last few years I have also stumbled across a number of foreign cars that I had never hears of before that I have also found intriging, such as the Wartburg 311 & 313, the FSO Syrena, and a new Syrena tribute car

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Wartburg 311 & 313

Syrena 104New Syrena

Old Syrena (104) and new Syrena Meluzyna R.

And finally, I also kind of like the Japanese Daihatsu Copen and Nissan Figaro cars as well.

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Daihatsu Copen & Copen Cero, and Nissan Figaro

So, does anyone else have any favortites that they would like to share?

Regards

Pat

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Posted by Pawel on Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:22 PM

Hello!

That Nissan Figaro looks like a Syrena tribute car!

Here in Poland you will have problems finding people who think Wartburg or Syrena look good. Then again - looking at the photos you posted they don't look so bad, it's just that people who had the chance to drive them always wished they had something that drove better and were much more reliable.

I like them Buicks and Chevys too, but my favourites would be the '56 and '57 chevys:

I always like the lead sleds, too:

I don't think mdern cars look very good - I'd be hard pressed to call one. and I was born in 1979!

Thanks for reading and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:34 PM

One of my favorites would be the Duesenbergs.  You've got to love a car with p to 16 cylinders and a altimiter.

Another would be the Mercedes Gullwing.

My Father iwned a Pierce Arrow once and then went on to 1950s and 60s Caddys.  He kind of liked it when I told him my armored car was built by Cadillac/Gage and my Brother owned a 1959 Impalla.  

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Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, June 28, 2018 5:29 PM

I'm a huge fan of all the late 60's and early 70's muscle cars. Chevy, Dodge, Plymouth, Pontiac, Ford, or Mercury, I love them all.

But, for some reason this one is my favorite by a very small margin:

71 Plymouth GTX 440

My next favorite type car would be modern 4 door sport sedans like a Jaguar XF much like this:

 

 

 

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by PFJN on Thursday, June 28, 2018 6:13 PM

Pawel

Hello!

That Nissan Figaro looks like a Syrena tribute car!

Here in Poland you will have problems finding people who think Wartburg or Syrena look good. Then again - looking at the photos you posted they don't look so bad, it's just that people who had the chance to drive them always wished they had something that drove better and were much more reliable.

...

Thanks for reading and have a nice day

Paweł 

Hi,

I can understand that.  From what I've read they appear to have had some similarlities, engine wise to cars like the Trabant.  But, when I first saw pictures of both of them on the internet (while researching the Fiat 500) the variety of paint jobs and overall "freindly" and "simple/clean" look of the cars caught my eye (some of them almost look like they are smiling when you look at the front of them Stick out tongue).

Additionally, I guess I should have also posted a picture of the Syrena Sport too, because it also had an interesting look. Smile

Pat

SyrenaSport

Two-tone Syrena and replica Syrena Sport

PS.  I also like the mod 50's Chevy's too

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, June 28, 2018 6:51 PM

Car Week is coming in late August. A favoriote time of year. We go to every show we can fit in, and the vintage races at least one day.

I'm a big fan of runners.

Probably my favorite is the 250 GTB, followed by anything else from Ferrari.

The early 911s are nice, the Ford GT is a favorite.

 

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, June 28, 2018 8:01 PM

Heree are some of my sporty cars:

 

Early Lola, a Chevron would do too...

 

Pantera

 

Datsun 280Z Tuned

 

Ferrari GTO

PS: Also a late model GTO, F40, Early model Testerossa, etc.

 

Jaguar XKE

 

AMC AMX

 

2019 Mazda RX9

 

More to come for this thread.....

 

Ben

 

 

 

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Posted by fox on Thursday, June 28, 2018 8:23 PM

My favorite car is the '60 Chevy Impala Convertable. With Turnpike cruiser skirts, large continental kit and the top down it is just the most beautiful "Land Yacht" that I have ever seen and owned. Next in line would be the '49 & '50 Merc. "Lead Sleds". Haven't liked any of the new car styles since around '69 & '70.

Jim  Captain

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, June 28, 2018 11:42 PM

Sorry, but I had to add even more....

1970 Trans Am

 

Early version Acurs NSX

 

Mercedes Gullwing

 

1963 Corvette Split Window

 

1965 Mustang Fastback

 

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

 

Ford GT40

 

1988 Porsche Slantnose

 

1956 Cadillac Convertible

 

I think that is enough from me.....

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Posted by tigerman on Friday, June 29, 2018 12:04 AM

Too many to count. However, after I saw the movie Bullit as a kid, the 68 Mustang fastback has been my favorite. 

So in no order, some of my favorites:

68 Ford Mustang Fastback

61 Chevy Impala

57 Ford Fairlane

70 Plymouth Barracuda

70 Chevy Chevelle

64 Ford Galaxy

69 Chevy Camaro

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 Eric 

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, June 29, 2018 3:22 AM

Tough question - there's so many!  Of course I love my cars:

2009 Dodge Charger - Pic at Barona 1/8 mile drags

2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca - Pic on Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

My 2011 Dodge Challenger 392 Inagural edition (sold) - Pic on Streets Of Willow

So there's a theme here yes :)  Late model muscle cars

But to be honest my list would flood this forum, so many great cars.  60's muscle cars, 60's Forumla 1 cars, GT40, Ford GT, anything Mclaren, most Lotus and handful of Ferraris. 

If I had to pick the best looking car of all time I'd say 69 Boss 429 Sports Roof

Thanks,

John

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Posted by SchattenSpartan on Friday, June 29, 2018 9:11 AM

BMW E39 LCI:

BMW E46 LCI coupe:

BMW E90 LCI:

Mazda RX-7 FD3S:

Porsche 944:

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Posted by ARDVARK003 on Friday, June 29, 2018 10:19 AM
Studebaker Avanti ARDVRK
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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, June 29, 2018 10:22 AM

I've always been kind of a Ford guy. So pretty much any year Ford I will like. My dad had a 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner just like this car.

Trading the old for the new(er). Three years ago we traded my '91 5.0 convertible for a 2012 V-6 convertible. I like Mustangs because nothing else looks like a Mustang.


OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, June 29, 2018 10:33 AM

Enzo Ferrari said the XKE is one of the most beautiful cars ever built. I have to agree. This is a 1971 XKE.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by GregFK on Friday, June 29, 2018 3:13 PM

Any Cadillac! Specifically from 1954 to 1966 (except the '57 and '58 models). I'm old enough that I don't need to get there fast. I'd rather get there in comfort and style!

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Posted by armornut on Friday, June 29, 2018 10:03 PM

   While I profess to be a "Blue Oval" guy, about the only cars by Ford I like are the 60's Galaxy 500, and the new offering of the Mustang.

    I really like the sharp lines of an 84-86 Chevy Monte Carlo SS, 86 Buick Regal "T" Type, little brother to the 87 GRAND NAT.( GNX). My ultimate car would be a Buick "boat tail Riviara", and ALMOST ANY rear wheel drive Cadillac.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, June 29, 2018 10:49 PM

The Gen I Vipers are probably my favorite. Smooth aerodynamic bodies that are so aesthetically pleasing to look at but hide engines packed with gut wrenching torque. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

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Posted by mawright20 on Saturday, June 30, 2018 3:37 AM
My mom’s cousin was on thedesign team for the Viper. When I was in middle School in the mid-1980s I wanted a mid-late 1980s Mercury Cougar
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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, June 30, 2018 8:52 AM

Pat ;

 I apologize for no pictures , but I think you'll see them when I start .

 1956-57 Chevy Bel Air two dr hardtops .

 1953 Studebaker Starliner Coupe .

 1963 Studebaker LARK Convertible  ( in RED ) Very neat looking package . With a V-8   of course !

 1965 Cobra 289 " flat fendered " roadster . ( Nuff said here )

 1968 Mustang Fastback ( Ala  "Bullit ")

 1955 Mercedes 300-s Gullwing coupe ( silver Naturally )

 1977-1982 - Mercury Grand Marquis Brougham ( big , comfortable , and a Lincoln in     disguise ! ) 

 1972 T-Bird Landau in Butterscotch and Chocolate brown .Fully Loaded .

 1955 Austin - Healey 300 ? or is that 3000 ?

 1960 Cadillac El-Dorado Convertible .

 1959 Buick Invicta Convertible .

 1957 Buick Roadmaster Four door sedan 

 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible in Baby Blue . 

 1964 - 1978 Buick Rivieras , any color any trim .

 Last  , But not least and a surprise to everyone ! A Minivan , Yes ! The 2003 KIA Sedona - LX fully loaded . Best looking and equipped Mini-Van I've ever had the pleasure to own !

 Oh , and one more a 1963 Jaguar XKE ( Non) 2 plus 2

 OOps , I forgot a 1970 Firebird and a 1934 Mercedes 400 with body by Sindlefingen .Very similar to the picture Don showed later .

 Oh! and one more I should not forget . A 1985 Honda Qualude ( Oops , I meant Prelude )It was so relaxing to drive it had that effect on me . It belonged to a sick friend of mine . I would drive him to his doctor appointments !

Okay , Ooh ! Oo! because of my age I forgot two . The beautiful Lincoln Furura ( Before "Batmobile Sickness " and a fully loaded 1957 Ford Fairlane Five Hundred two dr. Hardtop !

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:08 AM

I certainly agree with the Mercedes 300SL as topnotch styling.  It was my dream car when I was a teenager.  However, I think the all-time best Mercedes for styling is the 540K.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by PFJN on Saturday, June 30, 2018 11:21 AM

Pawel

Hello!

That Nissan Figaro looks like a Syrena tribute car!

...

Hi,

Interestingly enough, some sites suggest that another (kind of similar) eastern European car the AKW P70 may have been a design inspiration for the Figaro.  Overall I can see a lot of similarities between the Figaro, the AKW P70, the Syrena, and even the Trabant, as shown below Smile

FigaroAKW P70SyrenaTrabant

Figaro, AKW P70, Syrena, & Trabant

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, June 30, 2018 3:09 PM

Ferrari 330P4

Lola T-70

McLaren F1

DeLorean DMC12

The last one is just me. I am a fan of Ital Design, and the DeLorean is the only car that elicited a strong love at first sight reaction in me.  That was in 1982, three years before it became a pop icon in Back to the Future. 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:18 AM

I love cars from Model T’s through the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and early 80s. I love the old vintage imports as well.

Today’s American cars I view them as everyday driving and modern. Sure, who doesn’t want to own the new Mustang, Camaro or Dodge Challenger Hellcat or Demon ( I do :) ) Today’s Corvettes are just too damn wide compared to the classic Vettes.

As far as modern imports, I love the Bugatti Veyron and Alpha Romeo Guilia.

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, July 01, 2018 5:41 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

I love cars from Model T’s through the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and early 80s. I love the old vintage imports as well.

Today’s American cars I view them as everyday driving and modern. Sure, who doesn’t want to own the new Mustang, Camaro or Dodge Challenger Hellcat or Demon ( I do :) ) ... 

Hi,

Just as a silly aside, since I know your comment above was more or less meant as a retorical question, but I think I might be one of the few who really doesn't want to drive a new Mustang, Camaro, Hellcat or Demon Sad.

Its not that I don't think that they are interesting or good looking or anything, because I do find them fascinating, but rather I think its in part because I am a very clumsy person, and as such tend to shy away from "powerful" things.  (In fact I tend to be kind of the same around weapons - I can really appreciate the artwork, craftsmanship and abilities of various guns and knives and such, but am much more comfortable seeing them on display, rather than holding, firing, or using one in part because I fear I may drop and break it, or accidently hurt myself or someone else with one, etc.)

Anyway, with respect to cars like those above, I can really appreciate their looks and engineering and handling and such, but don't have any real desire to sit behind the wheel of one.

One the other hand though, as an engineer by training, I do find myself drawn to understanding the "comprises" inherent with any design, and as such I tend to find myself more drawn to "people movers" than "power symbols" or exotic sports cars, which I guess in part explains my fascination with stuff like the FSO Syrena, Wartburg 311-313, Japanese Kei-Cars, and other similar vehicles. 

I guess to me, seeing an attempt at a simple car to "help motorize the masses" is more interesting for me than a lot of the higher priced perfomance, luxury, or exotic cars really targeted "for a limited few" Stick out tongue

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Posted by WillysMB on Monday, July 02, 2018 3:18 PM

I've always enjoyed looking at the CCCA true classics - Dusenbergs, Pierce Arrows, V-16 Cadillacs, etc. but my favorites are still the brass era Model T's. Sticking with the Ford theme, also any Model A or early V-8 Ford. Finally the humble wartime Jeep.

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Posted by Trabi on Monday, July 02, 2018 3:19 PM

PFJN

 Hi,

Interestingly enough, some sites suggest that another (kind of similar) eastern European car the AKW P70 may have been a design inspiration for the Figaro..AKW P70

 

PFJN, May I correct a little bit? I´ts AWZ P70 "Zwickau". (Automobil Werke Zwickau, AWZ) And yes, that coupe version is a beauty (My wife told me to say that Embarrassed I´ts her car Super Angry )

My favorite beauty, however I´m not a big fan of Fords is Ford RS200:

"Space may be the final frontier, but it´s made in Hollywood basement." RHCP, Californication

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Posted by Doc Ward on Monday, July 02, 2018 6:40 PM
I will have to say that the list of cars I think are good looking is simply too long for me to even know where to begin. Well, that isn't quite true, I would begin with the 1965-70 Ford Mustangs, particularly the sportsroof/fastbacks. If I close my eyes to picture a fast car, I see the Grabber Orange 1970 that Parnelli Jones drove in the Trans Am series.

Gotta say, doctor, your talent for alienatin' folk is near miraculous.

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Posted by PFJN on Monday, July 02, 2018 8:43 PM

quote user="Trabi"]

PFJN, May I correct a little bit? I´ts AWZ P70 "Zwickau". (Automobil Werke Zwickau, AWZ) And yes, that coupe version is a beauty (My wife told me to say that Embarrassed I´ts her car Super Angry )

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Ooops, thanks Smile

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, July 26, 2018 11:47 AM

Hi PFJN;

 You know that the Mercurys were Discontinued because they were actually hurting Lincoln sales ? Why pay 18 to 24 thou for a Lincoln when you you could get it's fully loaded cousin , Same equipment for 12 to 16 thou . Sure if you want and can afford luxury that's the way to do it .

I have , as I have said , a KIA Soul , six speed , four cylinder in black now .But my all time favorite as I have aged and gotten involved with museums and such was my KIA Sedona !

 In my younger years I had some "Hot-Rods" ? But those were out of curiosity more than a love of speed . Today they would be looked at as very mild " Street -Machines "

 As my body got pummeled by life and My income increased I drifted toward the Luxury Cars because I didn't like the pain of driving 600 miles in an Austin - Healey . It hurt so much it wasn't fun anymore !

 I thought one time of getting a 56 Cadillac Coupe De-Ville and restoring it and upgrading the suspension and drive train to more modern standards including hidden creature comforts .

 Just think  , Cruise fine and classically ! 

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