I supply wood (white ash) to a guy that builds replica old vintage cars
like auburns and he's done a number of 1938 mercadies. these old cars
have wooden body frame work wrapped in steel. he runs flat sheets of
steel though trip hammers and english rollers to make the fenders and
all.. unbelievable work. also he gets huge money for them needless to
say. last time i made a delivery he was making 2 cars for some rich guy
in russia and after having to wait for the wood from me was very happy
when i finally delivered. he said he was getting afraid the ruskey was
going to send the guy's with the long black coats to visit him. I told
him if they show up give me a call and i'll send up the guy's with the
long black dresses, that otta scare the hell outta em.
I sometimes wonder if those old designs really are dated, or if we've
moved our tastes into a less pleasing area just to keep up with the
times. I think the last interesting year for American cars was
probably '59 or '60. Yeah, those Chevies with the sideways fins were
uuuuugly, but they sure were distinctive looking. What out there today
has any kind of design feature that stands out? A trunk airfoil? Well,
it's decorative and it only comoes out on probably 87% of all cars.
Has to be decorative, because they don't do squat until something like
Anyway, what I'm saying, I guess, is that today's auto design is so
damned mediocre that none of them will ever be classic in any
Time calls it one of the worst 100 cars ever!
While I agree the thing REALLY needed a manual gearbox, I still think
it's a sweet ride.
The Prowler will eventually be a classic, despite the inability of the
Time writer to figure out how to lay rubber with an auto transmission
and a V6.
It's kind of a long term investment, though, probably another 20-25
years to time to cash in. Or maybe not if Barrett-Jackson keeps
boosting the auction prices.
I happen to think that today's styles are every bit as attractive as the
styling I grew up with (that Charlie makes reference to), but I don't think
you really understand too much about those cars. 200lb fenders? Those cars
were what they were. Just like today, they were a reflection of what people
wanted back then. Comparing them to today is meaningless. Inaccurate
comparisons are worthless.
Yes, 200lb was an exaggeration, I know you never see that on the
internet, so I can understand your confusion.
It was the OP that compared them to today's designs. I was merely
pointing out a couple of valid reasons why todays designers are
operating under different constraints than yesterdays.
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