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2020-10-24 9:29:37 AM  
Some men just want to watch the world cruise.


This part of Billy Gibbons collection?
 
2020-10-24 10:09:11 AM  
Those doors are boss.
 
2020-10-24 12:10:26 PM  
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2020-10-24 12:25:38 PM  
If I had a stupid amount of money, this would be my daily driver. Just because.
 
2020-10-24 1:08:05 PM  
I think it moved. Damn that is gorgeous.
 
2020-10-24 2:22:09 PM  
I don't know how they went from that to being being possibly the ugliest modern car, but they managed it somehow.  Even 80s Rolls were a 100x more classy than what they've produced over the last 20 years.
 
2020-10-24 2:27:19 PM  

vrax: I don't know how they went from that to being being possibly the ugliest modern car, but they managed it somehow.  Even 80s Rolls were a 100x more classy than what they've produced over the last 20 years.


Because they were trying to appeal to people with money who.dont have taste.  Like instagram influencers
 
2020-10-24 2:48:06 PM  
This is amazing and I love it but shouldn't it be posted under Fandom?
 
2020-10-24 2:52:50 PM  
Damn, that's one beautiful automobile!
 
2020-10-24 2:57:14 PM  
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2020-10-24 3:05:50 PM  

kermit the forg: vrax: I don't know how they went from that to being being possibly the ugliest modern car, but they managed it somehow.  Even 80s Rolls were a 100x more classy than what they've produced over the last 20 years.

Because they were trying to appeal to people with money who.dont have taste.  Like instagram influencers


Trump cars.
 
2020-10-24 3:12:02 PM  

WhatsSoGodDamnPunny: This is amazing and I love it but shouldn't it be posted under Fandom?


Nope.

STEM apparently = Silly Time, Entertainment and Movies
 
2020-10-24 3:15:05 PM  

WhatsSoGodDamnPunny: This is amazing and I love it but shouldn't it be posted under Fandom?


Eh, I looked up top and it's cross-posted to both STEM and Fandom.  Still doesn't belong here.  Batshiat is clearly comic book, movie Fandom stuff.
 
2020-10-24 3:18:39 PM  

SansNeural: WhatsSoGodDamnPunny: This is amazing and I love it but shouldn't it be posted under Fandom?

Eh, I looked up top and it's cross-posted to both STEM and Fandom.  Still doesn't belong here.  Batshiat is clearly comic book, movie Fandom stuff.


I dunno. I think it clearly falls under the technology banner - even if it's almost 100 years old technology.
 
2020-10-24 3:23:31 PM  
Thats... quite a looker of a car. Very representative of design in its time.
 
2020-10-24 3:32:28 PM  
And leave Batman off the STEM tab.
 
2020-10-24 3:33:10 PM  

Thosw: SansNeural: WhatsSoGodDamnPunny: This is amazing and I love it but shouldn't it be posted under Fandom?

Eh, I looked up top and it's cross-posted to both STEM and Fandom.  Still doesn't belong here.  Batshiat is clearly comic book, movie Fandom stuff.

I dunno. I think it clearly falls under the technology banner - even if it's almost 100 years old technology.


It's certainly debatable.

My viewpoint is colored by my father being a fan of cars.  He collected cars, but not particularly collectable cars.  Weird cars, mostly.  He also drew and designed (in the aesthetic sense) cars.  He even got an aerodynamic 18-wheeler design of his on the cover of Popular Mechanics, July 1986.

But he collected Checker cars, both taxis and limos.  And other cars of (unpopular) interest.  Shiatty, junk cars parked in the weeds everywhere.  A shiatty AMC Pacer that was handed down through no fewer than 3 of his 4 kids.  My favorite memory of that car was when, with me as the last handed-downer, it caught fire and burned to a crisp on the side of the road.

So yeah, interest in old cars smells of fandom to me.  And of diseased minds.
 
2020-10-24 3:50:24 PM  

vrax: I don't know how they went from that to being being possibly the ugliest modern car, but they managed it somehow.  Even 80s Rolls were a 100x more classy than what they've produced over the last 20 years.


Isn't that about the time they were acquired by BMW?

You know, this whole EV 'skateboard' concept might bring back Coachbuilding (Body By Fisher, anyone?).
 
2020-10-24 3:50:45 PM  

SansNeural: WhatsSoGodDamnPunny: This is amazing and I love it but shouldn't it be posted under Fandom?

Nope.

STEM apparently = Silly Time, Entertainment and Movies


That's a fair response and I accept it
 
2020-10-24 4:09:25 PM  
My champagne test  on my beer income sucks ..
 
2020-10-24 4:09:48 PM  

Professor Science: And leave Batman off the STEM tab.


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2020-10-24 4:32:24 PM  
I can so picture Catwoman in skin-tight shimmery black leather adorning that passenger seat.

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/Julie Newmar, of course
 
2020-10-24 4:32:44 PM  

vrax: kermit the forg: vrax: I don't know how they went from that to being being possibly the ugliest modern car, but they managed it somehow.  Even 80s Rolls were a 100x more classy than what they've produced over the last 20 years.

Because they were trying to appeal to people with money who.dont have taste.  Like instagram influencers

Trump cars.


Pretty much.  And Russian mobsters as well.
 
2020-10-24 4:36:30 PM  
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2020-10-24 4:56:56 PM  

bughunter: I can so picture Catwoman in skin-tight shimmery black leather adorning that passenger seat.

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/Julie Newmar, of course


Go on . . .
 
2020-10-24 5:08:53 PM  
God DAMN.
 
2020-10-24 5:12:45 PM  
Yeah, that's pretty gawkworthy. I say this as someone who rebuilt a lot of vintage cars.
 
2020-10-24 5:33:17 PM  

bughunter: I can so picture Catwoman in skin-tight shimmery black leather adorning that passenger seat.

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/Julie Newmar, of course


...Sorry, but you misspelled Lee Meriwether.
 
2020-10-24 6:01:15 PM  

dionysusaur: vrax: I don't know how they went from that to being being possibly the ugliest modern car, but they managed it somehow.  Even 80s Rolls were a 100x more classy than what they've produced over the last 20 years.

Isn't that about the time they were acquired by BMW?

You know, this whole EV 'skateboard' concept might bring back Coachbuilding (Body By Fisher, anyone?).


I believe so.  Have to read up to see if there's a sharp change during that time.  Still no excuse.  BMW design language is light-years better.

I'm all for bringing back frame-based cars. Unibodies were a great step forward, but this new EV base concept is a winner in my book.  In fact, I wouldn't even mind if there was a split industry of EV frames in like 3 standard sizes and then a coach works industry, as you mentioned.  It could be really cool if done right.
 
2020-10-24 6:19:47 PM  

Professor Science: And leave Batman off the STEM tab.


Lucius Fox still acceptable.
 
2020-10-24 6:23:23 PM  
....and then Depression set in.....
 
2020-10-24 6:36:38 PM  

vrax: I'm all for bringing back frame-based cars. Unibodies were a great step forward, but this new EV base concept is a winner in my book.  In fact, I wouldn't even mind if there was a split industry of EV frames in like 3 standard sizes and then a coach works industry, as you mentioned.  It could be really cool if done right.


And we know it won't be done right by the US badges.
 
2020-10-24 6:38:36 PM  
Cool car, but as with many custom-bodied cars of the period it has been slightly modernized. Not so you would notice, but a nip here and a tuck there, then the original tan/gold finish was covered in black paint for effect. It's one of those Pebble Beach cars that just kind of reappeared out of nowhere and everyone went nuts over it about 10 years ago. The doors are awesome and were definitely part of the original styling, so kudos on that.

But here's how it looked earlier in life:

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2020-10-24 6:41:31 PM  
Thing of beauty, that.
 
2020-10-24 7:37:51 PM  
I think I saw this once, years ago at a museum in Los Angeles. It had me wondering why Batman would drive a vehicle with such low ground clearance.
 
2020-10-24 7:44:11 PM  
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Kinda.
 
2020-10-24 8:00:38 PM  
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Those look like the red boxes used by Cabinet ministers and the Queen to transport documents.

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2020-10-24 9:37:37 PM  
 
2020-10-25 1:49:43 AM  

vrax: I don't know how they went from that to being being possibly the ugliest modern car, but they managed it somehow.  Even 80s Rolls were a 100x more classy than what they've produced over the last 20 years.


Agree 100%.  Rolls Royce always had a refined elegance to it.  Then they started looking like the bastard child of a Rolls and a Dodge Charger.  They just look wrong.
 
2020-10-25 2:32:33 AM  

JerkStore: Cool car, but as with many custom-bodied cars of the period it has been slightly modernized. Not so you would notice, but a nip here and a tuck there, then the original tan/gold finish was covered in black paint for effect. It's one of those Pebble Beach cars that just kind of reappeared out of nowhere and everyone went nuts over it about 10 years ago. The doors are awesome and were definitely part of the original styling, so kudos on that.

But here's how it looked earlier in life:

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That's pretty awesome to have pictures of the same car going back 80 years.
 
2020-10-25 3:05:07 AM  

Combustion: If I had a stupid amount of money, this would be my daily driver. Just because.


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2020-10-25 5:00:20 AM  
Car called the Phantom, jet black with red interior? Batman says you got the wrong guy.
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2020-10-25 5:46:44 AM  
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2020-10-25 11:48:30 AM  
And I even like the color.
 
2020-10-25 12:03:47 PM  

JerkStore: Cool car, but as with many custom-bodied cars of the period it has been slightly modernized. Not so you would notice, but a nip here and a tuck there, then the original tan/gold finish was covered in black paint for effect. It's one of those Pebble Beach cars that just kind of reappeared out of nowhere and everyone went nuts over it about 10 years ago. The doors are awesome and were definitely part of the original styling, so kudos on that.

But here's how it looked earlier in life:

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Seeing the woman next to it for scale really let's you see what a beast that thing is. Looks like a Rolls and a tank had sex in a haunted graveyard at midnight and this was the result.
 
2020-10-25 12:15:02 PM  

vrax: I don't know how they went from that to being being possibly the ugliest modern car, but they managed it somehow.  Even 80s Rolls were a 100x more classy than what they've produced over the last 20 years.


It's because they tried to keep their trademark large front grills, and flat fronts in an age where everyone else is streamlined and subtle.  The large grills actually do make sense from an engineering point of view, but there are more subtle ways of getting air flow.
 
2020-10-25 2:31:34 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: bughunter: I can so picture Catwoman in skin-tight shimmery black leather adorning that passenger seat.

[Fark user image 758x758]

/Julie Newmar, of course

...Sorry, but you misspelled Lee Meriwether.


You both misspelled Eartha Kitt
 
2020-10-25 8:50:34 PM  

thatguyoverthere70: Those doors are boss.


No shiat... Looking at the pics on my phone, I thought the first one was just a 'zoomed in' spot on the pic. It wasn't until further down that I noticed that they were round.
 
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