It's unbelievable this car was made in 1959

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  1. Michael A.

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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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    I've saw one of those with a blown big block.

    It wasnt this one but still awsome
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    Why aren't these produced in quantity yet?

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    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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    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.
     
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    Is that something like a 250 California? That's timeless styling.
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    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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    Sorry - ALL past and present car body styles PALE in comparison to the '54 Corvette. :D

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

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    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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    Hybrid Porsche, 1900
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    Ferrari 250 testa rossa
    1957

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    ^^^^^

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    the 57 tbird convertable Hardtop , 2 seater


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    That may be true, but I'm simply referring to the styling. :)
     
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