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Ugly American Cars (My Vanity Rant)
count-your-change | 9/9/2012 | count-your-change

Posted on 09/09/2012 9:23:53 AM PDT by count-your-change

It's that time of year. The auto dealers face a wave of 2013 vehicles and must clear out the 2012 models to make room and avoid the inventory tax where it exists. Pretty much the same as last year and if you're in the market for a car you might be able to strike a good deal for brand new one year old car.

But one thing you might have trouble finding is an American auto that is NOT just plain ugly. Ugly and uninspired, ugly and bland, ugly and really ugly seems to be the rule.

I offer in evidence the 2013 Chevrolet Spark. No, I won't post a picture, I'll have mercy on the people that love the classics.

Firstly the front end looks like most other econo thumpers in the $15,000 range, squinty eye, swept back head lights and an overly busy grill area framed in plastic. PLastic! I'm sure it would hold up to an impact with cotton candy fairly well but anything tougher will require a call to your insurance agent.

Open the door and experience the true ugliness of today's offerings: Their tiny entrances. All you have to do is turn backwards, bend double and hope your knees will bend enough to allow you to drag your feet in. Wonderful! Now try getting out.

Moving to the rear of the typical new car gives the impression that the designers just gave up and tried to get the thing finished so they could leave early at the end of the week. Just hit the computer key that says, "Add some lights and acres of plastic" and punch out for the weekend.

But one may object, "You get what what you pay for." You sure do!

Consider the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette. The same squinty eye, wrap around head lights and the rest of the cars exterior a study in blandness, a bar of soap worn down to roundness with a couple of tail lights to keep the drivers behind from falling asleep just looking at the car.

For this you can pay handsomely, up to a hundred grand if you're a wealthy masochist or believe the slinky women in the commercial will ignore your double chins and "portly" avoirdupois. In case they don't the car does go fast so you'll be able to leave that embarrassing situation quickly and feel the breeze in your Hair Club for Men.

Me? The last car that I truly enjoyed driving and found really comfortable was my 1975 Ford LTD. It was big, heavy, feared no car on the road and ate at least one Fiat. And it had character by the ton.

If I were inclined to spend fifteen to twenty grand on a car today I would find one of the older models that were like Cleopatra's barge on wheels and have it restored or at least made serviceable.

The ugliness, the blandness, the uninspired sameness of today's auto designs is, what I believe, drives the popularity of the restoration market. What else would drive a person to pay thousands of dollars for a rusty, thirty or forty year old car and spend tens of thousands of dollars restoring it to its new condition when it sold for under three thousand dollars?

I would go kick a new car's tires but I'm afraid one kick might total it.


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There are some exceptions to the ugliness of the new car designs but they are the exception.

Can anyone imagine some future car collector looking back with affection for the classic lines of a Chevrolet Aztec like I do for the '34 Cord?

1 posted on 09/09/2012 9:23:56 AM PDT by count-your-change
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To: count-your-change

No car has had classic lines after 1972.Ugly is the trend style is gone.


2 posted on 09/09/2012 9:27:29 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: count-your-change

Hopefully the US car makers don’t ever make them as ugly as the riceburners.


3 posted on 09/09/2012 9:27:37 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: count-your-change
The big A pillars(air bags) slit trench windows(high belt line due to compliance with europeaon safety regs make for ugly cars IMO.

Look at the new Taurus, freaking ugly.

Simply lowering the beltline (the line that extends the length of the car and defines the window body demarkation) 5 inches would make this a pretty decent looking car.

4 posted on 09/09/2012 9:31:29 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: count-your-change
I hate to say it but I agree with the Top Gear UK hosts. America produces an occasional (Highly overpriced) bright automotive spark but its primarily a long dreary line of nothing. I personally think the muscle cars of the mid 60s to mid 70s were awesome.

That said, I'd still love to have an Aston Martin.

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5 posted on 09/09/2012 9:31:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: count-your-change

I remember in the old days, there used to be some excitement in the fall, as the new cars were introduced for the new model year.

And, often there would be interesting styling changes for the new model year. But not anymore. Maybe it’s just me, but it’s hard nowadays to tell a Ford from a Chevy from a Nissan to a Honda, or to tell a 2001 model from a 2008 model of any vehicle out there.


6 posted on 09/09/2012 9:31:41 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Proud2BeRight

I’ve had ricers’ since high school. Burned my money from summer work souping them up. Had no problems getting girls. It’s when I drove a Chevy my social life went down LOL


7 posted on 09/09/2012 9:35:31 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: count-your-change

Toyota, while not technically a US name plate, has gone ugly. The best looking vehicle in their line up IMO is the Tacoma pick up. And that aint sayin much.


8 posted on 09/09/2012 9:37:11 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Vaduz

I still like the last of the Ford Crown Victoria’s and Lincoln Town Cars. Too bad they don’t make them anymore.


9 posted on 09/09/2012 9:37:14 AM PDT by Nakota
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To: Vaduz
I still love the 69 charger. would love to have a General. Photobucket
10 posted on 09/09/2012 9:38:01 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: Dilbert San Diego
it’s hard ... to tell a 2001 model from a 2008 model of any vehicle out there.
I drive a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr and except for some very subtle changes, it looks just like every new release right through 2012.
11 posted on 09/09/2012 9:39:03 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

You are correct...add to that, fall television programs...TV guide did a brisk business in September back in the day.


12 posted on 09/09/2012 9:39:30 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: count-your-change

Old guy-itis. My father couldn’t stand the sleeker lines of 1960’s cars. He never understood why the pregnant elephant look of 1940’s and 1950’s cars went out of style. Except for the 80’s, I think cars have just gotten better looking with each passing decade.


13 posted on 09/09/2012 9:40:20 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Nakota
This looks almost exactly like my first car. I paid $300 for it in about 1983.

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14 posted on 09/09/2012 9:42:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: barmag25
Lets analyze why this is a good looking car:
  1. Small a-pillars
  2. Coupe with big doors
  3. Low beltline
  4. Decent amount of glass, not to much
  5. Rear deck and front deck about the same size, balance
  6. Rear wheel drive
  7. Coke bottle hips

Detroit it isn't that hard to figure out, just dust off the old blue prints and start upgrading technoogy...

15 posted on 09/09/2012 9:42:39 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I still think my 1940 Ford coupe was beautiful. I also got to talk with a a 83 year old woman that was driving a 1925 chopped and channeled Dodge P/U with a most bodacious hemi in it, that was also beautiful.


16 posted on 09/09/2012 9:42:56 AM PDT by gunner03
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To: count-your-change

Wow, I find Asian cars bland and overrated.

But its a free country and spend your money however you want to.

Me I will buy American cars.


17 posted on 09/09/2012 9:43:59 AM PDT by desertfreedom765
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To: count-your-change

18 posted on 09/09/2012 9:46:29 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: central_va

I’ve never understood why American cars and trucks have the ugliest grilles. It’s like the designers have a disease that’s unique to Americans.


19 posted on 09/09/2012 9:48:02 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: desertfreedom765

I was going to point that out...to my eyes, Hondas and Toyotas are by far the most dull cars on the road. I wonder if they’re deliberately marketing the Civic and Camry to people who just want to drive as little as possible and mope about it when they have to.


20 posted on 09/09/2012 9:49:17 AM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: JoeProBono

I always thought the backend was cut off to spare our eyes further insult.


21 posted on 09/09/2012 9:49:50 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: 1rudeboy

The new Taurus has a kitchen appliance look to it.


22 posted on 09/09/2012 9:49:58 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: JoeProBono

They did put a good 232 in some of the Gremlins. I had one with a 3 speed that was just a quick in the quarter mile as just about any other stock muscle car of the same era.


23 posted on 09/09/2012 9:50:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: count-your-change
This is what my 67 Camaro will look like in a couple months when I am done with my rebuild.

The new Camaro convertible is $60k I think I will keep my old one and for $60 k I can gold plate it.

24 posted on 09/09/2012 9:50:41 AM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: count-your-change

We’re in the process of restoring a ‘68 Super Bee so we’ve been spending a lot of time in muscle car graveyards, surfing car websites and browsing magazines. The contrast between the beauty of old cars and the boring, ugly stuff of today has never been more apparent to me.

Sad. It used to be nothing had more style than an American car. Heck, I’d even prefer a Gremlin over today’s offerings. At least it’s different.


25 posted on 09/09/2012 9:51:47 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("I'm all for helping the helpless, but I don't give a rat's a** about the clueless." - Dennis Miller)
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To: central_va

And didn’t Ford jack the price up on the Taurus? For God’s sake, why?


26 posted on 09/09/2012 9:52:06 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: max americana

“I’ve had ricers’ since high school. Burned my money from summer work souping them up. Had no problems getting girls.”

They just must have liked the gaudy spoilers, fart cans, stickers, and coughing intake that make those ricers so fast. LOL


27 posted on 09/09/2012 9:53:20 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Proud2BeRight

They’ll just take a Korean make and slap a U.S. tag on it.


28 posted on 09/09/2012 9:54:22 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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And didn’t Ford jack the price up on the Taurus? For God’s sake, why?

They must be charging by the pound because that pig weighs as much as an SUV did 10 years ago. And I am a Ford lover.

29 posted on 09/09/2012 9:56:07 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: count-your-change

I have a FabTech suspension-lifted black 1998 Toyo Taco regular cab pickup. It’s got Mickey Thompson 30” mudders on after-market American Racing aluminum wheels. Nineteen inches of ground clearance. Stainless steel flo-thru exhaust system. Revamped differential ratio of 5.0:1. Extra large perforated racing front disc brakes. This tiny truck goes like the wind and will crawl over anything. It has decals all over the back window, a sprayed-in rhino-hyde bedliner and a nice aluminum tool box. It gets lots of compliments from other drivers. There is no rust and no leaks. Runs like a Swiss watch at 145,000 miles. Only part I really had to replace was the steering rack. I put almost $10k into it 2 years ago. Only thing missing is a couple of machine-gun ports (LOL). The only other vehicle that might tempt me now is a yellow FJ cruiser with all of the off-road extras and blue-tooth equipped which retails for around $37-40k. There also may be a Jeep Wrangler with optional off-road tires out there I might like, and maybe a Hummer or two. Nothing else. You’re correct, most of the vehicles mass produced just suck. I’m expecting 500,000 miles out of the Toyo. I’m 64 years old and I’ll probably get buried in it.


30 posted on 09/09/2012 9:56:45 AM PDT by 4Runner
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To: count-your-change

Style and substance take a back seat to build costs and federal regs in the auto industry. Even if you designed the coolest car ever, the design would never get past the accountants or federal regulators. The prototype shops are full of the bones of cool concept vehicles that were shot down by the corporate brass. All you get now are soviet era trabants and hand me down fiats.


31 posted on 09/09/2012 9:56:45 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: cripplecreek

They are turning it into a certain German car.


32 posted on 09/09/2012 9:57:09 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: barmag25

“... would love to have a General”.

RACIST!! (major SARC tag. LOL!)


33 posted on 09/09/2012 9:58:28 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: count-your-change
There is only one way to most efficiently go through the air. Hence the overall shape. As for size blame the CAFE rules and it is only going to get worse. Quit voting for tyrants and this nonsense will straighten itself out.
34 posted on 09/09/2012 10:00:28 AM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Windcatcher

I think Toyota is living on their past reputation.

My wife has a Camray and I’m not impressed.


35 posted on 09/09/2012 10:00:56 AM PDT by desertfreedom765
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To: barmag25

Back in the day, boyfriend had a used 69 Charger. ;)


36 posted on 09/09/2012 10:01:13 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Vaduz
My father owned a Buick Roadmaster, early fifties, and what a piece of iron that car was! I hit a Mustang with it and pushed the Mustang's trunk in but only lost a piece of chrome on the Buick grill.

I loved that old car with whiny transmission and huge steering wheel.

37 posted on 09/09/2012 10:01:47 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: cripplecreek

Sorry, but it looks like a Ricer got hold of a DB9s.
Ugh.

I’ve seen late-1980/early 1990 Ford Mustangs with that same over-louvered, plasticized look.

NOTHING about that car give way to beauty of the DB9-series.


38 posted on 09/09/2012 10:01:47 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Windcatcher

Civics and Camrys around here are driven by people who are risk averse. They are careful with money but not interested in looking cheap. They need a choice that their friends won’t laugh at (such as a GM or other American-made sedan, or an off-brand, like Kia), that will last a long time, and get fixed at their favorite repair place.

No interest in design flare, experimental gimmicks, or hauling heavy stuff or outdoor gear.

They drive a lot and do not mope about their car. I’ve never been in a dirty Camry or Civic.

(Personal note: We don’t own either one. We are cheap, and don’t care if people know it.)


39 posted on 09/09/2012 10:02:03 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: bmwcyle
Here is an overpriced American car I wouldn't be ashamed of owning.

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40 posted on 09/09/2012 10:02:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: count-your-change

I sure hope not. Maybe some Aussie models.


41 posted on 09/09/2012 10:03:29 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: cripplecreek

The host of Top Gear owned TWO.
Neither was worth a shit (wouldn’t start, required a factory tech to fly to London TWICE).

I agree it’s a great looking car, but it shoudl at least start.

He gave the Corvette ZR1 his best rating of 2010, and he HATES Corvettes.


42 posted on 09/09/2012 10:05:33 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: central_va
Pre-cise-ly! I tried sitting in the back of a car like that and felt like I was in the bottom of a fifty gallon drum.

My knees in my chin, the edge of the window at eye level and the back of the front seat for scenery. Like being locked in a Porta-John on wheels.

43 posted on 09/09/2012 10:07:28 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Yeah, you could say that. It mostly happened after my Civic was featured in a racing mag years ago and after that, I had 3 months of non-stop Saturday night ‘action’. High school chicks were mostly ‘I love your car..er, I mean you’.

That Chevy I was referring to was a Cavalier but changed the rims to racing type.


44 posted on 09/09/2012 10:08:56 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: SJSAMPLE
He gave the Corvette ZR1 his best rating of 2010, and he HATES Corvettes.

I just saw that show the other day. He loved the car but said it wasn't worth the money if you intended to drive it on the road. He said it was a great track car but that's all it was really built to be.
45 posted on 09/09/2012 10:09:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: count-your-change
Somethings never go out of style...

...the M1911 of vehicles.

46 posted on 09/09/2012 10:10:07 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: cripplecreek
My first.


47 posted on 09/09/2012 10:10:29 AM PDT by bgill
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To: count-your-change

I love the new generation of Camaros, and mustangs. Americana at its finest


48 posted on 09/09/2012 10:11:49 AM PDT by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: count-your-change
It is so bad I am actually restoring a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant GTZ because it has good visibility and I like looking at it more than any sedan out there. Pretty pathetic situation...


49 posted on 09/09/2012 10:13:24 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: cripplecreek

You gotta be Jay Leno to afford it and Harry Houdini to get in and out of it.
Still....a beautiful car!


50 posted on 09/09/2012 10:13:59 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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