Today's Cars.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by LabelKing, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. Aureus

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    The middle class is buying the Bentley Flying Spur the LK posted?

    Jon.


    You know that's the exception, not the rule.
     


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    That first Mercedes is garish. Most of the Porsches--save for that misuided SUV, and a few others--all follow the initial schematic of the 356; modern Porsches seemed to have put on weight. [​IMG] As for the ultra-exotic cars, they never seem to possess the elegance of the past ultra-exotics.
     


  4. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    As for the ultra-exotic cars, they never seem to possess the elegance of the past ultra-exotics.

    They're merely self-consciously racy-looking.

    Lamborghinis are cars for men who dream of impressing vacuous blonde bimbos with big tits.
     


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    Probably not this week. [​IMG] On a personal note, I've never seen a Rolls I liked. Even the antique ones are garish misproportioned monstrosities, and the new Phantom . . . well, LK said it best.
    Look at this hideous design: [​IMG] Even the interior looks ho-hum: [​IMG]
     


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    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    The Phantom is one of the ugliest car designs ever -- and I thought the 70s Rolls were charmlessly prosaic. The new Phantom reminds me of the ungainly monstrosity Peter Sellers unveils in The Magic Christian with the slogan "It's grand to be grand." It's like the caricature of a big glitzy luxury barge for people accustomed to using the word "classy" to describe such things.
     


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    wrong link. fixed.

    !luc
     


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    The Phantom is one of the ugliest car designs ever -- and I thought the 70s Rolls were charmlessly prosaic. The new Phantom reminds me of the ungainly monstrosity Peter Sellers unveils in The Magic Christian with the slogan "It's grand to be grand." It's like the caricature of a big glitzy luxury barge for people accustomed to using the word "classy" to describe such things.
    It simply reeks Robb Report like a tacky over-complicated large watch, and ugly Berlutis.
     


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    The Phantom is one of the ugliest car designs ever -- and I thought the 70s Rolls were charmlessly prosaic. The new Phantom reminds me of the ungainly monstrosity Peter Sellers unveils in The Magic Christian with the slogan "It's grand to be grand." It's like the caricature of a big glitzy luxury barge for people accustomed to using the word "classy" to describe such things.

    Seems like today big rims will fix any car. Perhaps the Phantom needs some 30" rims, ala this H2:

    [​IMG]
     


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    i actually quite like the phantom, with its too small headlights and rear light clusters, and slab-sided tank like presence. of course it isn't perfectly proportioned or refined, but it isn'y supposed to be, and it has plenty of african dictator chic.

    the merc sl is fussy and blobby, nice overall proportions but ruined by what looks like a cheap japanese aftermarket body kit. and what is that gull wing monstrosity? a saleen or ascari or somethin? loads of louvres do not make up for a total lack of identity.

    at least lamborghini is keeping the wedge alive and well i suppose. the one car there that i am at least intigued by is the spyker, and even then more for their interiors than anything else: [​IMG]
     


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    http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/08/...ew-blind-spot/

    "The Motor Industry Research Association in the U.K. has conducted a study of blind spots created by heavy-duty A-pillars on modern cars. Designed to provide increased safety in rollover crashes "” as well as increased structural stiffness "” thick A-pillars can also obstruct vision much more than one might think. Dubbed the "a-spot," researches attempted to measure how large the hidden area at a distance of 75 feet would be when traveling at 30 mph. The worst offender was the Jeep Cherokee, with a blind spot almost 15 feet wide under the given criteria. Full list after the jump...

    Research in Wales suggests 21 percent of accidents at intersections involve "Looked But Failed To See" as a major factor leading to the collision. Some argue A-pillars should be downsized to deal with the issue. Other simply say drivers need to shift around more in their cars to make sure all their blind spots are clear."


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    The Phantom is one of the ugliest car designs ever -- and I thought the 70s Rolls were charmlessly prosaic. The new Phantom reminds me of the ungainly monstrosity Peter Sellers unveils in The Magic Christian with the slogan "It's grand to be grand." It's like the caricature of a big glitzy luxury barge for people accustomed to using the word "classy" to describe such things.

    I know it's hideous, but it's just so damn big! I mean their intention was to make a massive car, and at least on that front they succeeded. Also, I think it was purposely designed to be rather monstrous-looking in order to make sure that people know that it's a Rolls-Royce and nothing else (as if the grill and the Sprit of Ecstasy mascot didn't give it away...).

    Jon.
     


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    Cars south of the Litani River are total shit.
     


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    my major bugbear with modern car design is the pillars. all of the old cars you highlighted have thin and delicate pillars that give the cars a feeling of lightness or litheness, and accentuate the usually low waistlines, imo the most feminine part of a car. all modern cars have big fat dumpy pillars that visually fatten a car, isolate and hide the driver from the outside world and also impairs the visibility. i presume this is for safety as well, i would much rather roll c corolla than a continental (jesus could you imgagine the mess?).
    delicate:
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    ungainly:
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    as a side note, i am not a big fan of ian callum and the shapes he has inspired.

    This Bentley S1 has comparitively large pillars for a '50s car, and it is still rather elegant.

    [​IMG]
     


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    You know that's the exception, not the rule.

    Not in Boca! I see at least 1 Bentley everyday. Hell, there is a new RR Corniche somewhere in my neighborhood.

    Jon.
     


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