Love it or hate it, the design of the '71-'73 Buick Riviera makes a heck of a statement. From steeply raked grill to theatrically tapered "boat tail", its softly sculpted sheetmetal draws the eye from surface to surface and looks dynamic from every angle. The car's main aesthetic failing lies in its wheel wells - the sloppy overhang of fender beyond the tires sadly increases the body's visual girth, a mistake to be repeated on GM designs for decades to come.
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It's often said the best car designs take a few years to gain acceptance, then look better and better as the years go by... This observation must have been inspired by the Porsche 928. Purists deride these front-engined GTs as "not a real Porsche", but the 928 (originally intended to replace the 911) is a design tour de force years ahead of its time; in terms of modernity the new 911 body is just starting to catch up to its 35 year old shape.
Sharp-eyed readers have noted my recent fixation with late '60's designs from Detroit, and they're right... this was, almost across the board, a gilded era for US auto design. Case in point: the over-the-top proportions and scale of Cadillac's '67-'70 Eldorado. A huge boat by any standards, Bill Mitchell nonetheless scored another win with futuristic, knife-edged lines that minimize the car's visual footprint. Unfortunately let down by an interior which didn't live up to the exterior's…
There's a reason these rakish little sedans had a starring role in that rakish little movie, Gattaca... The Rover 3500s, based on the somewhat more stodgy P6, has a buttoned-down, "leaned-back" quality that's British in the most Patrick Macnee sort of way. If you don't know what I'm talking about, put Gattaca and The Avengers (the British TV series, not the superhero movie) on your Neflix queue with all due speed.
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The 351 Ferrari 250GT Lussos produced from '63-'64 hold a deservedly outsized reputation as the most elegant and refined Ferrari every built. The pinnacle of postwar front engine touring coupes, Pininfarina nailed absolutely everything about the design; to see a Lusso on the street is an automotive vision perfect in proportion and character, giving the impression that his flowing strokes leapt effortlessly from napkin sketch to steel with nary a tweak to the original lines.
What Don Draper would drive if Madmen's producers were as in tune with cars as they are fashion, the '65 Buick Riviera was GM Chief Stylist Bill Mitchell's response to the European luxury coupes gaining popularity with American jet setters. A restrained design that shunned the excesses of the era, the Riv has stood the test of time better than most of its contemporaries. Just starting to get the attention it deserves on the collector circuit.
BMW has designed many handsome cars, and they are almost uniformly impressive cars in many ways. But BMWs have rarely, IMO, been beautiful cars. The oft praised 3.0cs Coupe (produced with a range of engines from '68-'75) is a notable exception to the rule, and remains one of the most timeless statements on wheels. As influential as it was elegant, the 3.0's clearly defined beltline, airily swept greenhouse and confident stance have been hallmarks of every BMW coupe since.
Datsun's 240Z was a game changer in 1970, literally defining what a Japanese sports car could be to a world that had never thought of Japanese cars as more than "econoboxes." And what a definition it was... beautifully proportioned and detailed with restraint American manufacturers couldn't dream of at the time, the Z car quickly came to compete (and win) against established marques like Corvettes, Mustangs and Trans Ams.