Posts from ‘Design’

Nov
20
2005 Cadillac BLS Wagon

2005 Cadillac BLS Wagon

The premise underlying Cadillac’s decision to market a subcompact car in the U.S. beginning in 1982 was perfectly sound. The luxury division of General Motors was looking for a way to reach younger consumers, and a smaller, more affordable offering made sense. It would enable the brand to bring new buyers into the fold sooner rather than later, and hopefully those customers would move up to a larger, pricier Cadillac when trade-in time came.

Nov
01
Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Everything in Fritz Lang’s epic film Metropolis was carefully considered–even the cars.

No college film course is complete without a serious look at Fritz Lang’s 1927 epic Metropolis. Best known for its pioneering futurism, cutting-edge directing, and dystopian prognostication, the film is a must see for movie lovers.

Oct
23
1991 Ford Explorer

1991 Ford Explorer

What makes a vehicle important? Sales, obviously, play a big factor. Any car or truck that sells well can be considered important. And, as it turns out, all of the vehicles on this list did well in the showroom.

Oct
20
Coolest Taillights, Favorite Taillights

Collectible Automobile publisher Frank Peiler picks his five favorite taillights of the early Fifties. Check out his list:

By Frank Peiler

In the early Fifties, auto designers didn’t always seem to put much thought into the back ends of the cars they were creating. The rear of the car often felt like an afterthought–just a place for a trunk and a couple of brake lights, and not much in the way of style.

Sep
14
1986 Ford Taurus Review

1986 Ford Taurus

Question: What is Ford’s second-most important model, ever? The way I see it, there are only two possible answers: The 1948 F-Series pickup, and the 1986 Ford Taurus.

Sep
05
1979 Dodge Aspen

1979 Dodge Aspen

By the time the 1976 model year rolled around, the trusty round headlamp had been an auto-industry norm for more than 70 years. Much of what drove this stylistic consistency was the easily replaced one-piece sealed-beam lamp, the use of which became U.S. law in 1940.

Aug
25
1975 Ford Mustang Ghia Ad, Vinyl Roofs

1975 Ford Mustang Ghia

I came of age as a car guy under the tutelage of Car and Driver magazine during the Eighties. As such, I was very much an automotive minimalist. Groomed by auto editors with a love of spartan German performance cars, there was little room in my heart for the likes of whitewall tires, fake aero tack-on bits, or trucks of any stripe.

Aug
23
1961 Plymouth

1961 Plymouth

There are few things in the automotive world more subjective than a list of good- or bad-looking vehicles. Our recent list of 10 Great Car Grilles was met with overwhelming reader response–and most of the feedback included suggestions for a subsequent list. Seems any post dealing with automotive styling or design elicits a greater-than-normal response from our fan base.

Aug
21
1967 Pontiac Catalina, Great Car Grilles

1967 Pontiac Catalina

How important is your facial expression when meeting someone for the first time?

As part of a 2014 study on the matter, researchers at the York University in England analyzed people’s first impressions of 16 social traits using 1,000 different facial images. Those images were organized into three categories: approachability, youthfulness and attractiveness, and dominance.

Aug
20
Infiniti Prototype 9

Infiniti Prototype 9

Presented here is an unedited press release issued by Infiniti this week.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Nissan Motor Corporation and premium automotive brand INFINITI have unveiled a sleek, open-wheeled electric retro roadster prototype at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The car, called Prototype 9, is a celebration of Nissan Motor and INFINITI’s ingenuity, artistry and craftsmanship. It represents a reimagining of a 1940s race car with time-honored production techniques employed to realize its retro design.

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