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It's unbelievable this car was made in 1959

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by homesick345, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Michael A.

    Michael A. Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    The original Lotus Elite was also built in 1959 and to me is a more beautiful and enduring design. All fiberglass unibody, with a metal subframe for the engine cradle and front suspension within the laminated structure.

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  2. WetBandit

    WetBandit Friend of Leo's

    Oct 11, 2016
    Somewhere
    I've saw one of those with a blown big block.

    It wasnt this one but still awsome
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  3. Alamo

    Alamo Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin
    Why aren't these produced in quantity yet?

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  4. scottser

    scottser Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 6, 2009
    dublin
  5. Mike SS

    Mike SS Poster Extraordinaire

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    Aug 9, 2012
    Nebraska
    Car designers used to be limited only by their imaginations. Now, they have a myriad of Federal laws to contend with, such as minimum fuel mileage, pollution standards, and don't forget crash survivability. Most of those "cool" designs of the past would not make it past the design phase, much less see production.
     
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  6. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Port Moody, BC
    Car of the past:

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    Cars of the future:

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  7. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    I'm sure that the current crop of plastic jelly-mould tree-hugger cars will improve, aesthetically but it's generally true that car design has regressed. That said, safety and security are at an all-time high and, for me, I'd rather be safe in something hideous than die in an icon.
     
  8. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    Is that something like a 250 California? That's timeless styling.
     
  9. imwjl

    imwjl Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 21, 2007
    My mom's basement.
    Always bonus points for people who know/knew the Chrysler and Plymouth Airflows.

    We had a 1936 Nash straight 8 with dual ignition and no clutch overdrive that my dad restored perfectly. That was another that was ahead of it's time in ways. The mid-1930s suspension was nowhere close to the drivetrain that could easily cruise at 75-80 MPH.

    It used to be that a whole lot of innovation did not come from the giants of industry. Now we're in an era where the giants are the ones with the deep pockets, ability to research, ability to buy or hire the best talent. Innovators get bought up early.
     
  10. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    Kellison made kit cars and bodies in an era where such things were popular and a spin-off of the hot rod culture. Amateur road racing had lots of 'special bodied' cars with fiberglass sports car bodies, like this one, on English and US rolling chassis. This was back in the day when low-dollar innovators produced such things in small shops. I used to enjoy reading old Hot Rod and Car Craft magazines and many featured creations like this.

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  11. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
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    This is where car design has been going. Pedestrian impact management.

    See how pedestrians would tend to go under the car if hit? My folks had one of these in this color when I was a kid but more commuter tires on it.

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    This was a poster child for another problem, but see the under-raked-grill theme.
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  12. archtop_fjk

    archtop_fjk Tele-Meister

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    Aug 4, 2009
    Lebanon, NH
    Sorry - ALL past and present car body styles PALE in comparison to the '54 Corvette. :D

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  13. BigDaddyLH

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    I can't believe this was made, full stop.

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  14. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    Mar 2, 2003
    Lawndale CA
    That & the Lotus Europa are wonderful to drive on mountain roads. During college (early 1970's) I worked as a foreign car mechanic and serviced/drove Lotuses, Ferraris, Maseratis, Jags, MG's, Triumphs (I owned two '64 TR4's), a couple Isettas (micro cars with the entire front opening as the door) and *should* have bought a Mercedes Gull Wing that was offered to me for $3k.(groan) Also used to borrow my buddy's Nash Metropolitan - a bathtub on wheels!

    Later, my first house was next door to a Porsche mechanic & worked with him on weekends. We did turbo conversions on 911's and "test drove" them 240 miles to Big Bear Lake and back.

    Those were fun times!

    Ever driven one? It was actually a bad car - underpowered and handled like a Jeep. Took a few years to make it an actual sports car.
     
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  15. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    europe
  16. Thin white duke

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    Ferrari 250 testa rossa
    1957

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  17. Tele Porter

    Tele Porter TDPRI Member

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  18. Thin white duke

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    ;););)
     
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  19. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    the 57 tbird convertable Hardtop , 2 seater


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  20. archtop_fjk

    archtop_fjk Tele-Meister

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    Aug 4, 2009
    Lebanon, NH
    That may be true, but I'm simply referring to the styling. :)
     
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