"The Giugairo Look" as applied to a sedan, with special reference to the fender flares. Which are called, I'm told,
box flares. Ugh. And lose the BBS-style wheels. Hotshoe (and for that matter, Killlboy) could not disagree more.
It was this picture of this car that got our discussion rolling.
This post is just for fun. Weigh in with comments if you like, or grab a gearhead pal and run the experiment yourself. The title of the post comes from that cliche about not knowing art, but knowing what you like. If not exactly why.
Hotshoe and I have been fooling with a "10 Best Looking Cars Of All Time" list. We haven't agreed on a firm set of rules. It's a work in progress. One rule is that a car makes our lists on looks only. "All show and no go" is fine. Another rule is No Race Cars, Concept Cars, or Radical Customs. It has to be a real, functional, road car, made in quantity for sale to the general public.
A rule that "just worked out that way" was that the car has to be Postwar. Doubtless this reflects our Baby Boomer demographic. Hotshoe snuck the '40 Ford onto his list as an Honorable Mention. When he did, I threatened to put the 1932 Ford 3-window coupe on my list. Or the 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport (which happens to be my favorite prewar car). As the saying goes, "this way lies madness," so we stuck to 1945-2013. This eliminates half the history of the automobile, but so be it.
We got onto this subject because our taste in styling is different. Which surprised us, because we are interested in cars in the same ways (principally sports cars and road racing). Our buttons are pushed in many of the same ways, and we generally like the same kinds of cars. It took us a long time to discover our differences. We might not have discovered them except that we happened to dissect the styling of the Ford Focus ST together, point-by-point. Features of the ST that annoy Hotshoe, or that he finds downright ugly, bother me not--and vice versa. When we started talking about other cars, and got deep into the catalog (and the weeds), we discovered that our tastes are way different. We had no trouble establishing categories, but sometimes disagreed about which car belonged in what category. I hold that the Audi Quattro is a sedan. But let it pass, let it pass... ;-)
|The late, and mostly unlamented, Chevy Cobalt: a non-starter with Hotshoe but a winner with Pilote--even with its|
bustle-butt rear end.
Although we're both inclined to deny it, one of our differences is that I generally prefer rounded shapes and Hotshoe generally prefers "the Giugairo [folded paper] look." But that distinction can't be pushed too far: the XK-E was a no-brainer for both of us and the Mini (both old and new) is rounded only at the corners. Our lists share only two cars, although the Lotus Elan and the Mazda Miata look similar. Some of our personal faves didn't make the cut. For example, I think the Porsche 911 is one of the most beautiful cars of the past 50 years--but not as beautiful as the Ferrari 250 GT SWB.
Anway. Here are our lists so far. (A problem with this exercise is that it's subject to whim and revision. Or, as Hotshoe puts it, "emotional ties and mental defects.") What have we overlooked? Where do you agree/disagree? Hotshoe even nominated some alternates. (I was too exhausted from paring my list down to ten to do so.) Here are his "almost made the cut" cars: '81 Scirocco, '72 Vega, '40 Ford, '88 Maserati BiTurbo, early Miata, '63 Corvette, Ford GT.
subcompact sedan New Mini Old Mini (Cooper)
compact sedan Gen. 8 Honda Civic 2003 Ford Focus ZX5
mid-sized sedan 1986 Ford Taurus 1993 BMW 525i
luxury sedan 1968-73 Jaguar XJ-6 1991 BMW 850i
small open sports early Mazda Miatas 1962 Lotus Elan
mid-size open sports Jaguar XK-E (Series I) same
sports coupe Acura Integra RSX ('01-'06) 1983 Audi Quattro
pony car Gen. 2 Camaro ('70-'73) 1967 Shelby GT 500
grand touring Ferrari 250 GT SWB same
supercar Lamborghini Miura 1972 DeTomaso Pantera