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In this picture there is a low forward bend in the C-pillar of the car. Although this design element is primarily European it has been seen in some American and Japanese cars as far back as 1951. Some American and Japanese manufactures currently use it on a few of their models but in today's design it is used across the board by one European manufacture and is named after a former director of design for the same company. Yes believe it or not this thing has a name. What is it?
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Nope it is named after a person.

I changed the name of the JPG to say reverse curve because I figured that one of you guys might look at the image name to see if it had the name of what it is.

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Here is a hint: The company that uses it on all of their cars claims that it is a design element that denotes to the subconscious a "classy style". They also claim that it means that the car that has it has rear wheel or all wheel drive. It is however considered by the majority of automobile designers to be one of those subtle design elements that adds to the subconscious appeal of the over all design. It has been used on two and four door cars. And it was even used on the 1978 four door Nova.

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Nope it is named after a person.

I changed the name of the JPG to say reverse curve because I figured that one of you guys might look at the image name to see if it had the name of what it is.

LOL
Come on, none of us would do that.

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Come on, none of us would do that.

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Yeah Right! You guys are pretty smart!
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In this picture there is a low forward bend in the C-pillar of the car....named after a former director of design for the same company. Yes believe it or not this thing has a name. What is it?
That would be what German's call the "Hofmeisterknick," which typically translates to "Hofmeister Kink" or "Hofmeister Kick." It was named after BMW's Wilhelm Hofmeister.
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I have been watching this thread all day long...you guys definately have far too much time on your hands or projects are completed.
This is my first stab at answer, but my guess is it is a BMW but no idea who the design engineer is.
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Joe G, is an absolute genius.

And yes I have too much time on my hands.

Joe G, you now have the floor!
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Check out this link: http://www.newmediacampaigns.com/pag...-design-detail
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I have been watching this thread all day long...you guys definately have far too much time on your hands or projects are completed.
This is my first stab at answer, but my guess is it is a BMW but no idea who the design engineer is.
Welcome to the trivia post Cobraone45. We just had a cobra question a few post ago. Actually it was an AC question and it was interesting. I gotta warn you though these guys are pretty sharp. I figured that by tomorrow I was going to have to give them the answer to my last question. They sure showed me.
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I saw the Cobra question...I wasn't logged on so couldn't get in the game.
The one about the FM radio still has me second guessing....my good friend had a '58 Pontiac that had FM...we used to drive it back and forth to college.
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Joe G, is an absolute genius.

And yes I have too much time on my hands.

Joe G, you now have the floor!
Thanks, Chris. But if I was a genius, I'd probably be doing something more constructive with my spare time.
I'm totally hooked on this trivia thread.

Next question:

What American car was the first to have a 4-channel stereo AM/FM radio available as a factory installed option?
Year, make and model please.
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I saw the Cobra question...I wasn't logged on so couldn't get in the game.
The one about the FM radio still has me second guessing....my good friend had a '58 Pontiac that had FM...we used to drive it back and forth to college.
Could it have been an aftermarket radio? Aftermarket FM radios were available as early as 1952.
I got that question out of an old radio repair manual. It said that Delco's first FM came out in 63 1/2. The book could be wrong....who knows.

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Thanks, Chris. But if I was a genius, I'd probably be doing something more constructive with my spare time.
I'm totally hooked on this trivia thread.

Next question:

What American car was the first to have a 4-channel stereo AM/FM radio available as a factory installed option?
Year, make and model please.
Do you mean Quadraphonic FM with AM or one of the very first attempts at stereo that was AM/FM broadcast simultaneously?.
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