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1991 Oldsmobile Toronado Troféo

What would be the the automotive equivalent of a leg man? I’m guessing it’s a wheel-and-tire guy. But whether or not your type is brunettes or redheads, you have to admit it’s always fun to admire the things we love from a new perspective.

For the most part, I’m not sure car marketing types would agree with me on this point. Of all the ads I perused looking for the best rear-end shots, roughly one in 20 actually featured the backside of the vehicle.

There are probably plenty of reasons for this. Back when cars were substantially changed on an annual basis, there wasn’t enough time to devote to showcasing a car from any perspective but the traditional front-three-quarter angle–as the car was likely to be updated again in just a few months. Of course, the tail-fin era sort of put the emphasis back on the hind quarters.

Today we invite you to reconsider some of your favorite rides while paying attention to the back ends. If you’ve got a favorite automotive rear view, tell us about it. The place to leave comments is down below.

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1956 Chrysler Corporation

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1957 DeSoto

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1957 Monarch

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1959 Lincoln

1957 Lincoln Ad
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1960 Mercury

1960 Mercury Ad
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1961 Chevrolet Corvair

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1964 Oldsmobile

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1966 Imperial

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1968 Shelby Cobra GT

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1970 AMC Gremlin

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1970 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

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1971 Dodge Demon

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1974 Chevrolet Nova

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1984 Cragar Black Magic

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1987 Ford Tempo

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1990 Buick Riviera

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1991 Oldsmobile Toronado Troféo

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