Posts from ‘Design’

Oct
17
1994 Chrysler LHS

1994 Chrysler LHS

The term “cab forward” was first used by the railroad industry to describe steam engines designed with the passenger compartment located toward the front of the vehicle. The advantage of the layout was a clear and unfettered view of the track ahead. For this reason, cab-forward engines were most commonly seen in rail yards where traffic is heavy.

Oct
12
1947 Studebaker Wagon Concept

Studebaker almost offered a wagon for 1947. Here’s what it might have looked like…

By Frank Peiler

Just after World War II, Studebaker was readying its radical new postwar cars for introduction to a car-hungry public. There would be a nearly complete range of body styles available–from two-door sedans to convertibles–but no station wagons, even though a prototype four-door woodie wagon was featured in a LIFE magazine article.

Sep
13
1980 Monte Carlo Quad Headlights

1975 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (top) and 1980 Monte Carlo

For a couple of decades now, car designs have morphed at a fairly even and modest pace. Most vehicles now go five to six years between major updates, receiving only minor “midcycle” styling revisions two to three years into their life cycles.

May
06
1985 Pontiac 6000 STE

1985 Pontiac 6000 STE

Ask me whom I think the best-looking female celebrity of 1985 was, and I will quickly answer “Annie Lennox.” I had a crush on Annie at the time, and can’t say my adoration has faded much since then.

Aug
31
1991 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Touring Sedan

1991 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Touring Sedan

Here’s a tip for you aspiring auto scribes out there: If you want to see a lot of reader feedback, create a best-looking list.

There’s almost nothing more subjective or arbitrary than an evaluation of something’s aesthetic qualities, and almost nothing more irresistible to readers. With that in mind, I present the 10 best-looking sedans of 1991.

Apr
21
Fisher Body Craftsman's Guid

Ronald Will’s national-award-winning 1961 Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild model will be among those displayed at the GSL-XXV International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention.

A rare chance to view the work of participants in the historic Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild (FBCG) model-making program is coming up in Salt Lake City, Utah. A number of advanced-design scale models made for the national competition, which was sponsored by General Motors from 1930 to 1968, will be on display during the GSL-XXV International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention.

Feb
23
New Ram Pickup Grille

Ram Laramie Limited grilles: before (above) and after (bottom). 

In 2011, Dodge pickup trucks became Ram pickup trucks, ending the Dodge brand’s 82-year tradition of truck sales. The split came as Dodge marketing types sought to separate its cars and SUVs from what would soon become a full line of commercial vehicles. Today the Ram brand includes light- and heavy-duty pickups, plus ProMaster and ProMaster City commercial vans and chassis cabs.

Dec
05

2010 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

I have very clear memories of discussing the Y2K threat with a buddy during the waning months of 1999. So clear, in fact, that I find it difficult to accept that 15 years have passed since the media freakout over what proved to be a non-event.

Oct
20
1980 Cadillac Eldorado

1980 Cadillac Eldorado

I’ve been told to “grow up” most of my life. About the time my folks gave up on me, my wife and daughter accepted the challenge of getting me to act my age. In deference to my family’s pet cause, I have decided to revisit my high-school years, this time reviewing those days through the clear (but squinty) eyes of a 50-year-old man.

Jun
04
1979 Magnum GT

The Dodge Magnum’s headlamps were less hidden than they were obscured. Though clear, these covers retracted when the headlamps were in use in compliance with period federal regulations.

Who can say why anything goes out of style? Around Chicago it was once common, and decidedly hip, to detail your postwar bungalow with metal awnings and concrete flower troughs. Those same elements are now the earmarks of a “mature” neighborhood.

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