Name the iconic features of 30s, 50s, 60s GM cars
Since opinions are free and plenty here, I have an imaginary build concept I would like to explore. There is nothing to look at but I would like your help.
Please name the single best brand specific appearance feature on:
Start of production - WWII
WWII - 1961
1962 - 1973
For example, in my opinion: Cadillac
30s- grille, 50s- fins, 60s- tail lights.
Gnaw on that if you care to, and jot down whatever you have an opinion on. I would just like to fill in the blanks with answers from a good variety of HRF forum users. Thanks!
Here, let me fiddle with the choke and try another yank.
"60"s- Round Chevelle taillights. GSX chin spoiler. 442 hood scoops. GTO Endura bumpers. I realize those are mostly 70s items but they fit my criteria for the late era.
I'm not old enough for the other eras but the concept could apply to each time window and one may make more sense than the other once I hear other opinions. I want to dream up rides that incorporate the best, most distinct and unique brand features on one car and call it chevroldsmobuiac. More of a design exercise than a build idea but you never know.
Corvettes from '63 into the '80's are round.
Camaro '70-73 only.
Corvair all years were round
Full size '60-65 only.
ChevyII and Nova, never had a round tail light.
Pontiac - late 50's thru late until they were closed - split grill/beaked bumper or hood/beaked header panel. 1970's SHAKER hood!! A lot of twin opening small scoop hoods on GTO and Formula Firebird. Slotted or slitted tail light trend too.
Buick - mid 50's or maybe earlier through early 70's is fender porthole styling and late 60's-early 70's everything has nearly fender skirt like rear wheel openings., very low over the tire.
Olds - 60's styling very boxy/squarish looking, split grill with hood tongue in the middle, the twin scoop hood you mentioned.
Never thought Chevy to have any really Chevy specific styling trend that was at a glance Chevy specific.
Pontiac I think was the most distinctive and at a glance identifiable. From front or rear.
I am looking for your favorite elements of your favorite era on each make.
The latest era in question is from 62-73 and I like the 71, 72 and 73 Chevelle and Camaro tails, but not the ones from any other Chevys. Eric was there one that you liked best out of the ones you named?
From what you said, I'll count your late era votes as
Chevy- nothing, Buick- low rear wheel openings, Olds- boxy split grille, Pontiac- shaker.
That sound like your favorite things? I appreciate your participation.
32 Ford....Flathead V8
55 Chevy....Small Block engine introduced.
Many years of Impalas had triple tail lights, whereas lesser models had 2
Please read post #1 first, gents. Thanks in advance. You never know what happy accident might happen if we dump all the divisions' best stuff into a stew. Of course the first few recipies tried might taste real bad. Meaning ugly things a'plenty is easy but what if you can build your own combo meal from a junkyard full of 68-72 A bodies for example. Which quarter panels would you want? Etc.
I love the inverse cove and taillight shape of the '67-68 Mustang, very stylish(and the Shelby sequential tail lights), the headlight doors on the Cougars, '70-71 Torino
'70-71 Torino is an all around great looking car.
'68-70 AMX/Javelin are really showing today how great and timeless their design was.
I love anything fastback...Torino, Galaxie, Mustang, Dodge Charger '66-67, ANC Marlin, '68 Impala sorta-fastback, '68-69 Barracuda....In my opinion Chevrolet really missed the boat on no having a serious fastback option on either the Chevy II(look up the Bill Thomas Fastback to see what I mean) for '63-65, '66-67 Nova, and for the '67- 69 Camaro or the '66-67 Chevelle.
If there is a fastback version of something, it automatically slays the coupe version of the same car IMO.
I also love the 71-73 Mustang fastback "flatroof", the one the Ford guys often don't care much for. Mustang fastback = cool, coupe = yuck.
'70-73 Firebird/TA/Formula is also a favorite, great looking front end sister to the RS Camaro.
'73-74 Chevelle Laguna S-3 are super cool(with there were more of those)….even the '75-76 version is growing on me., as are '73-74 Lemans and Grand Am, and the '77 Can Am(wish there were more of these, so cool).
A lot of the 1970-1980 Australian stuff is really cool too, you can spot the design similarity of thought for each make compared to US cars, and there are some awesome shapes over there.
My concept in it's purest form is "the ultimate" (in looks and strength) 68-72 A-body. But for B and X bodies it is also an interesting train of thought. F bodies only represent two brands and I'd like to see elements or obvious influences from all four. On one ride. The earlier eras are equally valid for applying that concept.
Could a 70-2 Monte look better with Cutlass Supreme quarters, same years? Could a Judge look better with 68-9 Chevelle quarters? What if you plopped a 64 Impala roof onto 54 Chevy? Would the tunneled rear window from 66-7s look good on anything 70-2? How does a Chevelle look with a 442 hood with the nose smoothed out?
It goes on and on, and its bigger than my imagination. So I am looking to whittle out some potentially popular things to try via photo surgery. Because there are them who only want the expected, repeated well... but then theres the rest of us who like no rules.:pimp:
We might hit on something cool, but not if we don't think about it. When I think about it more, I stonewall on which brand I want for the engine. So its best to just assume LS swap for the sake of this conversation.
FREE 11' POLES!!!
Right here by the door, a whole barrel of them. For those who won't touch the topic wirh a ten foot pole. Just don't make it like the axe handle scene from Pale Rider.:D
I assume you are thinking something along the lines of the "7-8-9" concept car, the mash-up of '57, '58, and '59 Chevy Impala styling on a modern corvette chassis??
Just something more inclusive to all the GM brands mixed together??
Or just wanting to move certain styling trends or specific elements like hood scoops across the brand lines and see what might look decent??
Sorry, had to take the 789 pics out! Ew, no. Not that. Last sentence, yes. Exactly.:cool:
I would rather not mix eras. I did give some thought to the breakdown of years. And I dd say drop a 64 Imp lid on a 54 which would be in violation of the "rules" according to my own cutoff year choices. To see if anybody was listening. Incidentally, I just tried that and used a 48 Chevy coupe. I stopped, thinking no that might work better on a 54.
Then I took a 70 Monte and tried a Cutlass Supreme's quarter window openings and back window angle on it. The proportions are a little off but hey that looked good! Then I tried same on a Grand Prix and no no no.
I currently have a 66 GTO roofline hovering over a GP. And next is to try 68-9 Chevelle rear roof stuff on other stuff.
So thats what I am up to. If we stuck to 68-72 A body, my favorite, answers like I would like could say:
Chevy SS cowl induction hood, Buick GSX chin spoiler, Olds base Cutlass body, Judge rear spoiler.
Chevelle tail lights, Buick GS wheels, 442 front end, Grand Prix door handles.
Appearance features. Things that may or may not bolt up but only things that come from cars from other divisions in nearby years.
I guess it IS a loaded question. Seemed simple when thought of it.:drunk: Name the cool elements and leave imagining them mixed together to me. Lets try it another way...
Which 68-72 A body has the coolest hood?
Which 62-67 B body has the coolest tail lights?
Which 73 A body has the coolest front end?
The above 3 questions...hmmm.
#1 - for me a toss-up between Chevelle with the functioning cowl induction flapper and the Cutlass dual hump 442 hood with open scoops. '73 GTO is an interesting twist....but the car should have gotten a Shaker , like the '74 GTO.
#2 - '63-65 Chevy or '62 Bonneville/Catalina
#3 - in order for me...'73 GTO/Lemans, '73 Laguna S-3, '73 Grand Am in a pretty tight battle that could change day-to-day then a good ways back to 4th place '73 Cutlass... and a mile back to '73 Buick Century just blah.
But, me being me, in '73 A-body Grand Prix has it. If it had 73 GTO scoops. Hey, now see theres an idea, GTO hood middle section on a GP.
73 Monte ain't too shabby. We had a 73 Laguna in high school and for me it might be behind the Monte.
The 68-74 X body has fewer features to play with but some of them are really cool looking.:cool:
Heres a 71 1/2 GT-37 and a 68 SS as eye treats. Somebody done snatched the lid off that red six-fo.:eek:
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