Car Fashions

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Sharky, 22 May 2019.

  1. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Strange, when the mk3 cortina was launched in the early 70's, the one that was nicknamed the Coca Cola shape, I used to think they were ugly after the smooth and simple lines of the previous models.

    But yesterday I saw one, a gleaming blue GLX (top is the range) one, with its curvey lines. Looked so elegant alongside the modern chunky 4x4's. Would like one now!
  2. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    This is older than me, but I can see the appeal....

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  3. Rooster1

    Rooster1 I was right about that saddle

    oooh 2 door, rare
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  4. Nice!!

    Even rarer, if it's a South African Perana (pronounced like the South American fish)

    There was also an XR6 on that market ('Mk 5' Cortina) & a Perana Capri, with a 302ci V8
    Last edited: 23 May 2019
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  5. In a way, I'm the same
    I'd absolutely love a 'Series 1' (as I'd call it) Range Rover, but can't abide/detest the present model, looks awful
    Marketing led, nowadays
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  6. MarkF

    MarkF Legendary Member

    It's metal front to back, how long has it been since a beautiful, elegant or pretty mainstream plastic enveloped car was released?

    Even drab 1970's cars can look good compared to today's bloated fake creased blobs.
  7. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    One of my favourites, nicest looking car I've owned -

  8. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Notice the size of the windows? The light floods in and you can see out, in all directions. My biggest gripe with modern cars is the lack of visibility from the inside out.
  9. SoapyWeasel

    SoapyWeasel Über Member

    For me it's the old school minis, especially in brit racing green, kitted out and ready to rally.
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  10. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Have to say I'm not so sure. I'd say most modern cars are indistinguishably bland - but many from the 60s/70s were unspeakably hideous. Truly fugly cars have pretty much disappeared.
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  11. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Oop North (ish)
    Used to have a 1971 Blue 1600GT 2 door they were pretty rare even in 1980 when I had it, of the few made most had already rusted away
  12. Jody

    Jody Platinum member

    The voice of reason
  13. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Oop North (ish)
    Did you type that with a straight face?
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  14. MarkF

    MarkF Legendary Member

    I hope the fashion for ever more needlessly bloated cars ends.

    I was at a wedding in Easingwold last weekend, OK for us as we were in an MX5, but regular family cars (bloated SUV's) couldn't pass each other on the country lanes without one stopping.

    I sold a 1998 Jeep Cherokee last year that sat 5 in comfort and took a pile of luggage, yet l'd park next to a modern SUV and it'd look comically small.
  15. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    My 2000XJ was lifted by 4.5" and running 32" tyres but still looked small next to a 'normal' 4x4 and the results were comical when watching someone in a similarly modified typical off-roader trying to squeeze through tight gates or under low branches etc. Just size for the sake of it, probably attractive to people that need to compensate for their tiny...….. personalities?
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