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2013-11-09 11:53:40 AM
Not sure I even wanted to read the rest of the article after the author thought those first two were good ideas
 
2013-11-09 12:39:08 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Chrysler Norseman

Worthy of a mention if the others were. The story may be as or more interesting than the car.
 
2013-11-09 02:00:25 PM
I've lived here all my life and I haven't done any of those things
 
2013-11-09 02:01:31 PM
Whoops, wrong thread
 
2013-11-09 02:08:27 PM
l3.yimg.com
i191.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-09 02:43:29 PM
www.strangevehicles.com
 
2013-11-09 02:48:30 PM
Musn't forget the Ford Nucleon.

www.absoluterandom.com
 
2013-11-09 03:22:20 PM
2001 Volkswagen Microbus

With shovels 'n' rakes 'n' implements of destruction.
 
2013-11-09 03:24:28 PM
It's a shame we don't have that kind of vision and risk-taking in today's world of plastic cookie-cutter mobiles.
 
2013-11-09 03:26:20 PM

WI241TH: I've lived here all my life and I haven't done any of those things


Careful.  You may have just started a new meme.
 
2013-11-09 03:27:19 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It's a shame we don't have that kind of vision and risk-taking in today's world of plastic cookie-cutter mobiles.


Every time I go to the Petersen Auto Museum I lament the current lame state of automaking.
 
2013-11-09 03:27:44 PM

ArkAngel: Not sure I even wanted to read the rest of the article after the author thought those first two were good ideas


What's wrong with the microbus? All cars look the same to me but that one stands apart and look roomy, The aerovette does look ridiculous, it looks like it escaped from a 1960 "world of tomorrow" exhibition.
 
2013-11-09 03:27:58 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: 2001 Volkswagen Microbus

With shovels 'n' rakes 'n' implements of destruction.


Don't be caught driving garbage around the vicinity again.
 
2013-11-09 03:29:51 PM
Also....

img.fark.net
 
2013-11-09 03:31:00 PM
2001 VW Microbus: Oh...yeah.

2008 Toyota A-Bat: Uh...Honda already makes that.

1938 Buick Y Job: Oh...yeah.

1973 Chevy Aerovette: Oh...HELL YEAH! (sorry, GM the Ferrari 308 stole that look)

2003 Cadillac Sixteen: WTF???
 
2013-11-09 03:31:18 PM
No Vector?  Cizeta Moroder?
 
2013-11-09 03:31:38 PM
Tesla.
 
2013-11-09 03:33:37 PM

talkertopc: ArkAngel: Not sure I even wanted to read the rest of the article after the author thought those first two were good ideas

What's wrong with the microbus? All cars look the same to me but that one stands apart and look roomy, The aerovette does look ridiculous, it looks like it escaped from a 1960 "world of tomorrow" exhibition.


Of course it's all just personal opinion but I couldn't agree less about the Microbus or the Aerovette. The Microbus is a slightly vamped up version of something that has barely changed in 25 years. The Aerovette on the other hand looks like, from a design point of view at least, it would have been ahead of Ferrari and the then-very-young Lamborghini models of its day. The Aerovette could have opened up great opportunities for GM.
 
2013-11-09 03:34:32 PM

thamike: [l3.yimg.com image 593x310]
[i191.photobucket.com image 400x276]


and it's called a Y Job.  The marketing writes itself.
 
2013-11-09 03:34:32 PM
I'm sure that that Cadillac was as impractical as anything, but it sure is pretty.
 
2013-11-09 03:34:32 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It's a shame we don't have that kind of vision and risk-taking in today's world of plastic cookie-cutter mobiles.


You can thank focus groups for that.
 
2013-11-09 03:37:45 PM

Aussie_As: talkertopc: ArkAngel: Not sure I even wanted to read the rest of the article after the author thought those first two were good ideas

What's wrong with the microbus? All cars look the same to me but that one stands apart and look roomy, The aerovette does look ridiculous, it looks like it escaped from a 1960 "world of tomorrow" exhibition.

Of course it's all just personal opinion but I couldn't agree less about the Microbus or the Aerovette. The Microbus is a slightly vamped up version of something that has barely changed in 25 years. The Aerovette on the other hand looks like, from a design point of view at least, it would have been ahead of Ferrari and the then-very-young Lamborghini models of its day. The Aerovette could have opened up great opportunities for GM.


They would've had to change the design entirely within 5 years to meet crash test regulations.  Peugeot and Fiat pulled out of the US entirely instead of redesigning the front ends of their cars, and VW and Porsche had to discontinue sales of most of their inventory.
 
2013-11-09 03:43:04 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: No Vector?  Cizeta Moroder?


Vector actually made those crazy ass cars.
 
2013-11-09 03:44:23 PM
That Toyota make the Aztek look pretty. I want a hippie bus and a Y Job, please.
 
2013-11-09 03:45:57 PM
What's with the A-BAT's camber?  About to hit the Nürburgring?
 
2013-11-09 03:47:55 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: No Vector?  Cizeta Moroder?


In the case of the Vector there's all sorts of reasons for it not having made it, like the guy who ran the company being a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

Kahabut: Vector actually made those crazy ass cars.


Only a handful and apparently they were all horrible.
 
2013-11-09 03:51:08 PM

BATMANATEE: That Toyota make the Aztek look pretty. I want a hippie bus and a Y Job, please.


You start picking up hippie chicks in your hippie bus, and you'll be getting all the Y jobs you could ask for.
 
2013-11-09 03:52:13 PM
I would love to have the Buick and the V-16 Caddy.

When my dad was in high school in the Forties, he had a 1929 V-16 Cadillac that he ran on naptha.  I think my grandfather sold it when dad ran off to enlist in the Marines.
 
2013-11-09 03:55:32 PM

Stone Meadow: 1973 Chevy Aerovette: Oh...HELL YEAH! (sorry, GM the Ferrari 308 stole a march on that look)


FTFM...the Chubby looks like a late 70's 308.
 
2013-11-09 03:57:49 PM

Lifeless: Aussie_As: ....

 The Aerovette could have opened up great opportunities for GM.

They would've had to change the design entirely within 5 years to meet crash test regulations.  Peugeot and Fiat pulled out of the US entirely instead of redesigning the front ends of their cars, and VW and Porsche had to discontinue sales of most of their inventory.


Oh yeah, fair call. I never remember those all-important regulatory details.

At the risk of starting some sort of international incident, I have to say that Americans have really messed up some fine cars with over-regulation. A car being safe in a crash is one thing, but being over-engineered so that it's safe for people who refuse to wear seat-belts is something completely different. And yet economics and marketing being what they are, car makers tend to bend over to the regulators and comply with rules designed to go against Darwinian evolution and let redneck morons survive their own refusal/overweightness and just buckle up.
 
2013-11-09 03:59:53 PM

darwinpolice: I'm sure that that Cadillac was as impractical as anything, but it sure is pretty.


It actually had cylinder deactivation, as far as I remember. I don't know if it would have kept that had it been put into production, but it was a pretty cool idea.
 
2013-11-09 04:00:02 PM
healthyinfluence.com
 
2013-11-09 04:03:54 PM

Alexei Novikov: darwinpolice: I'm sure that that Cadillac was as impractical as anything, but it sure is pretty.

It actually had cylinder deactivation, as far as I remember. I don't know if it would have kept that had it been put into production, but it was a pretty cool idea.


That was the plan. I saw the concept model reviewed on the British Top Gear show years ago. The idea was that it would run on as few as 4 cylinders in certain traffic conditions to retain good mileage. The interior in the concept was also very, very stylish. Top Gear is normally pretty derisive of Cadillacs but they thought this one was very innovative and would have found an international market for those who want their cars heavy on bling factor.
 
2013-11-09 04:04:44 PM

sexorcisst: [healthyinfluence.com image 525x380]


"the beverage-gripping dash!"
 
2013-11-09 04:09:49 PM

Aussie_As: Lifeless: Aussie_As: ....

 The Aerovette could have opened up great opportunities for GM.

They would've had to change the design entirely within 5 years to meet crash test regulations.  Peugeot and Fiat pulled out of the US entirely instead of redesigning the front ends of their cars, and VW and Porsche had to discontinue sales of most of their inventory.

Oh yeah, fair call. I never remember those all-important regulatory details.

At the risk of starting some sort of international incident, I have to say that Americans have really messed up some fine cars with over-regulation. A car being safe in a crash is one thing, but being over-engineered so that it's safe for people who refuse to wear seat-belts is something completely different. And yet economics and marketing being what they are, car makers tend to bend over to the regulators and comply with rules designed to go against Darwinian evolution and let redneck morons survive their own refusal/overweightness and just buckle up.


Yeah, IIRC, one of my favorite cars of all time, the Porsche 959, didn't make it to the U.S. because they weren't about to hand over four of a limited production supercar to get run into walls.
 
2013-11-09 04:12:37 PM
www.rushlane.com

I really don't care much about GT after the disaster that was GT5, but the 18 concepts designed specifically for the game by BMW, Peugeot, Aston Martin, Bertone, Mercedes-Benz, etc. look cool as hell.
 
2013-11-09 04:13:02 PM

asynchron: Aussie_As: Lifeless: Aussie_As: ....

 The Aerovette could have opened up great opportunities for GM.

They would've had to change the design entirely within 5 years to meet crash test regulations.  Peugeot and Fiat pulled out of the US entirely instead of redesigning the front ends of their cars, and VW and Porsche had to discontinue sales of most of their inventory.

Oh yeah, fair call. I never remember those all-important regulatory details.

At the risk of starting some sort of international incident, I have to say that Americans have really messed up some fine cars with over-regulation. A car being safe in a crash is one thing, but being over-engineered so that it's safe for people who refuse to wear seat-belts is something completely different. And yet economics and marketing being what they are, car makers tend to bend over to the regulators and comply with rules designed to go against Darwinian evolution and let redneck morons survive their own refusal/overweightness and just buckle up.

Yeah, IIRC, one of my favorite cars of all time, the Porsche 959, didn't make it to the U.S. because they weren't about to hand over four of a limited production supercar to get run into walls.


Oh, but one did.  It was purchased by some wannabe techno-idjit that goes by the last name Gates.
 
2013-11-09 04:17:03 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: asynchron: Aussie_As: Lifeless: Aussie_As: ....

 The Aerovette could have opened up great opportunities for GM.

They would've had to change the design entirely within 5 years to meet crash test regulations.  Peugeot and Fiat pulled out of the US entirely instead of redesigning the front ends of their cars, and VW and Porsche had to discontinue sales of most of their inventory.

Oh yeah, fair call. I never remember those all-important regulatory details.

At the risk of starting some sort of international incident, I have to say that Americans have really messed up some fine cars with over-regulation. A car being safe in a crash is one thing, but being over-engineered so that it's safe for people who refuse to wear seat-belts is something completely different. And yet economics and marketing being what they are, car makers tend to bend over to the regulators and comply with rules designed to go against Darwinian evolution and let redneck morons survive their own refusal/overweightness and just buckle up.

Yeah, IIRC, one of my favorite cars of all time, the Porsche 959, didn't make it to the U.S. because they weren't about to hand over four of a limited production supercar to get run into walls.

Oh, but one did.  It was purchased by some wannabe techno-idjit that goes by the last name Gates.


Actually, according to the Wiki, about 4 made it into the U.S.
 
Ant
2013-11-09 04:18:21 PM
Alfa Romeo
carnewscafe.com
www.supercars.net
coolcarswallpaper.com
 
2013-11-09 04:18:39 PM

darwinpolice: I'm sure that that Cadillac was as impractical as anything, but it sure is pretty.


And I though my S60 had a shiatty turning radius...
 
2013-11-09 04:21:43 PM
tenwheel.com


+

thegarageblog.com


=

l1.yimg.com
 
2013-11-09 04:22:12 PM

tarheel07: darwinpolice: I'm sure that that Cadillac was as impractical as anything, but it sure is pretty.

And I though my S60 had a shiatty turning radius...


Yeah, that thing looks like it has the dimensions of the Tim Burton Batmobile.
 
2013-11-09 04:23:54 PM

BATMANATEE: That Toyota make the Aztek look pretty.


And yet, they're discontinuing the Matrix because of falling sales. Like duh, because they haven't started dying yet, so we're not buying as many...

/love my Matrix
 
2013-11-09 04:25:21 PM

studebaker hoch: Tesla.


I bet anyone who bought a Fisker wishes it never was.
 
2013-11-09 04:35:57 PM
Adding Yahoo to lmhosts file.
 
2013-11-09 04:41:28 PM
rivowners.org
 
2013-11-09 04:45:07 PM
They had me at "Harley Earl"

Truly, he was a design god.
 
2013-11-09 04:54:04 PM
That Cadillac looks like something Ace and Gary would drive.
 
2013-11-09 04:55:39 PM

Aussie_As: Alexei Novikov: darwinpolice: I'm sure that that Cadillac was as impractical as anything, but it sure is pretty.

It actually had cylinder deactivation, as far as I remember. I don't know if it would have kept that had it been put into production, but it was a pretty cool idea.

That was the plan. I saw the concept model reviewed on the British Top Gear show years ago. The idea was that it would run on as few as 4 cylinders in certain traffic conditions to retain good mileage. The interior in the concept was also very, very stylish. Top Gear is normally pretty derisive of Cadillacs but they thought this one was very innovative and would have found an international market for those who want their cars heavy on bling factor.


Well, I hope they would have finally gotten the cylinder deactivation thing right this time.  They tried it over 30 years ago with the 4-6-8 V8.  My mother had one in a Cadillac Seville around 1980 or so (it was the model with the chopped off trunk).  The damn thing was an unholy nightmare - broke down every other week.

If produced, the Cadillac 16 was rumored to have a sticker price of around 250K.  That's a lot for a Caddy, but it sure did look cool.
 
2013-11-09 05:00:59 PM

Stone Meadow: 1973 Chevy Aerovette: Oh...HELL YEAH! (sorry, GM the Ferrari 308 stole that look)


I saw that prototype in person at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green years ago.  Heck yeah it is a nice one.

Also cool -- but probably killer like a Corvair on steroids is this...

www.digitaltrends.com
The 1964 xp-819 rear engine prototype

http://www.corvettes.nl/gm_prototypes/xp819/index.html
 
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