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Hi, I'm a newbie here. I was wondering whether anyone knows of cars that are in production to date but have a classic design. For example, Bufori and the TD2000 are such cars.

posted by  leeyunhan

the 05 mustang!



posted by  SuperJew

The Morgan, been building them the same way since Jesus was born. Still build them with wooden frames!! Classic british sportscar!!

posted by  Mustang79

Chrysler PT Cruiser
Volkswagen New Beetle
Nissan 350Z
Chevy SSR
BMW Mini
Ford GT
Ford Thunderbird
Morgan Aero 8
Pontiac GTO

posted by  Mr. Horsepower

That doesn't have old styling. they just brought back a legendary Nameplate....I do want one bad though.

posted by  Satty101

oh yeah forgot about the Ford GT....thats like a carbon copy

posted by  SuperJew

I think this might be a good time for everyone to dig out the old dictionary and find out the difference between "design" and "styling".

1. What exactly is the design derived from... a '40's sedan delivery with FWD?

2. Sorry, the engine and transaxle are in the wrong end. Nuff said.

3. Name anything close... besides maybe the dash.

4. Nice look but heavy and slow... I guess Chevy didn't change much after all.

5. Sorta kinda close... but about 30% bigger.

6. Probably the closest of the bunch, still no cigar.

7. Have you ever seen a '55-'57 T-Bird?

8. Have you ever seen an old Morgan? Like a 4/4 for instance.

9. See #7 and #8.

Let's face it. The only cars you're going to find that fit the criteria are boutique cars like the Caterham 7 or cars being produced in third world countries from somebodies old tooling. Looking similar ("evoking the memory of" in ad speak) to is not the same as having the same design.

posted by  vwhobo

I assumed he meant retro-cars. My bad.and ur right, the gto isnt really retro, just the name.

posted by  Mr. Horsepower

Sorry if you felt singled out as that wasn't my intent. You just provided the longest list to work with including cars that others had mentioned.

posted by  vwhobo

Morgan still do there old designs. They might be a little bit more refined, but they are exact enough to the car they built 60 or 70 years ago. Aero 8 is just a newer car to pick up on the newer market.

posted by  Mustang79


well... sort of, they just stopped production last year, but to the best of my knowlege, pretty much the only changes through it's 62 year run were minor cosmetic details, and a slow increase in engine size over the years
actually, according to the article i have:

anyone know what car it was?
Hobo should know best of all...

another hint, in '77 the car was banned in the US because of emissions restrictions...

posted by  asa67_stang

Well it wasn't banned, there just wasn't enough profit in selling the sedan version in the states anymore. The convertible version continued to be sold in the states until 1980, although they were none officially designated as '80 models. Dancing around the regulations you know. The last one was built on July 23, 2003 in Puebla, Mexico.

Actually, every single part was modified at least once during it's production run. Some of the changes were just so small only the hardcore know what they are.

I don't have any idea what type of car you're talking about. ;)

posted by  vwhobo

i don't know personally if it was banned or not, i was just using the terminology in the article (well, actually, now i do know...)

and if everything is changed, but only a select few know that it was changed, is that enough of a difference to verify calling it a "change" ? maybe a ....... modification?
i dunno, i'm just rambling now

posted by  asa67_stang

If you'll notice I used both the word modified and changed in the previous post. That's because some things were simply modified and some were changed completely. But the basic design never changed except the MacPherson Strut front front end on the Supers.

posted by  vwhobo

Like on the Super 4+8-5+42-40+5-7? (do the math. you'll figure out what Im talking about...I'd hope.

posted by  Satty101

satty thats too much brainwork for us....

posted by  SuperJew

Just do the first 3 and you'll come out with the same answer. ;)

posted by  Satty101

is it 7?

posted by  SuperJew


posted by  Satty101

I'm not trying to be a deek, but the GT is a bit larger than the GT-40.

posted by  Ground Rat

i think you mean a geek....and for that you are. :D

posted by  SuperJew

Fixed. :D

posted by  Ground Rat

hardy har har

:D :D

posted by  SuperJew

Chevy tried to make a new nomad . Is it good?NO Am I MAD?yes :cussing:

posted by  Vanman5001

Another case of not being able to tell shit form shineola. The new "Nomad" is a completely different car from the original, and except for the very basics of also being an automobile, is in no way related to the "classic design".

posted by  vwhobo


Actually, every single part was modified at least once during it's production run. Some of the changes were just so small only the hardcore know what they are.

I know there's one piece that never changed, but i can't remember what it is right now. It's some gasket or seal. . .


posted by  Hoxviii

While I agree with you, I want to take a different tack and say that "design" is also properly applied to mere styling, where what you call design is also covered under "engineering." Therefore it can be correctly said that two cars share visual design but have different engineering and layout. This is coming from the use of it as laid out in #6 of the noun version of design in Merriam Webster: "the arrangement of elements or details in a product or work of art."

Those elements can indeed be styling elements.

To further confuse the issue, let's look at styling:

Main Entry: style
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): styled; styl·ing
1 : to call or designate by an identifying term
2 a : to give a particular style to b : to design, make, or arrange in accord with the prevailing mode

Function: noun
: the way in which something is styled.

At the same time, your use of "design" to identify both the look and engineering is accurate. Those of us who do design work for a living do refrain from calling the styling of a vehicle or machine the "design."

This is so the original poster can see where you and I are coming from whne we say the cars don't share designs, even if they share similarities in styling.

posted by  ChrisV

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