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 Italian43
Joined: 11/25/2005
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I like mostly the70's.Although the 55',56,57 chevy's were awesome.!!
 mama tiger
Joined: 11/16/2005
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What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 2:38:13 PM
67 firebird ye ha
 sammysalt1
Joined: 12/17/2005
Msg: 3
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 2:43:57 PM
I had a old nova in prime condition that I liked a lot. I drove it as a teenager. I use to pass people on the high way just flying. It had a lot of get up and go in a heart beat, and handled nice, and easy. I miss that car. I also like the way the two windows rolled down with nothing in between them. It was a light power blue color.
 lost John
Joined: 8/6/2005
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What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 2:54:40 PM
I like lots of cars, but my favorite era would be the mid-late 50's. I love the 55-57 Chevy's but I'd prefer either a '58 Del Ray, a '58 Plymouth Fury, or a 59' Ford Sunliner. (My favorites of the big 3)
 Italian43
Joined: 11/25/2005
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What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 2:57:51 PM
The Belvadere was good too,but I cant remember what year that was.
 ashley1861
Joined: 11/6/2004
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What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 3:51:48 PM
As I am into re-enacting I am partial owner (with the bf) in a Kubelwagon; which is actually a 70's Thing bondo'd up to look like a 40's German military vehicle.
I also have my name on the title of a 1955 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon. I've never even sat in it.

My first car had a really great engine - it was a '63 Mercury Meteor (like a Comet in Canada).
I really liked that V8!! I even like the pointed rear lights (cone shaped like Madonna corset).

My fav cars up until a couple of years ago were box shaped. I liked the Mercedes classic and had one... also had the Maxima that had that shape. They seem classic and sophisticated to me.

But these days I'm into sporty, all the way!! My second childhood?
 ~prizm~
Joined: 2/14/2006
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What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 4:07:59 PM
60s/70s..mainly the lovely gto's
 OnTheBus
Joined: 9/12/2004
Msg: 8
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 4:14:43 PM
50s man. those ol caddys had character and momentum
 Frrosty
Joined: 3/21/2004
Msg: 9
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 5:58:28 PM
70s 80s and 90s



"69" sure is a sweet sweet number though.

 Italian43
Joined: 11/25/2005
Msg: 10
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 6:00:49 PM
Didnt know they made a 54' camaro.hmmmm
 lost John
Joined: 8/6/2005
Msg: 11
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 6:23:40 PM
Just a friendly note Pablo: the truck in your profile pic looks like a '55. '54's and earlier had a different body style.

I definitely agree about the Nomad being a cool station wagon.

I'd also like to add to my "favorites" list, the '54 Caddy, and the 50-52 Buicks.
 Italian43
Joined: 11/25/2005
Msg: 12
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/1/2006 6:34:41 PM
What about the 67'chevelle..65'mustang..67'mustang.hee-haw!!
 naterb
Joined: 4/21/2005
Msg: 13
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 3/7/2006 8:05:16 PM
"The 57's Chevy nomad or Belair"
 NJgirl116
Joined: 7/3/2015
Msg: 14
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/13/2015 9:33:00 PM
I like the cars now! I've been driving for 20 years and most of them have been in Corollas. They have evolved from low little cars to much bigger and sleek. Easy to drive, easy to park (important), nothing fancy and I don't need anything fancy for my 10-mile commute to work. Love today's comfortable cars!
 gtomustang
Joined: 6/16/2007
Msg: 15
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 8:16:34 AM
cars from the 1930's were great, there was Art Deco for the masses (1933-4 Ford), and opulence that funded technology (which came back recently for fuel economy--twin overdrives, multicam, oversize engines turning low revolutions, etc) likely from military airplanes of the first world war. It seemed to catch the flapper generation and what it stood for--stylish freedom.

The '50's were the pride of winning a war against a technologically superior foe. more airplane tech in the engines to use "higher" compression, and going into the '60's a little bit of Cadillac styling went into the 1957 Chevy, arguably one of the first muscle cars since it came with the Corvette engine, but the advertising mentioned only that "the hot one!" had hill climbing power, for safety's sake....except that in the background, at the bottom of the hill, it was an overheating hot rod left behind. Meanwhile the Thunderbird made pastels manly--with enough chrome, not too much, but enough that any guy could look good in baby blue with whitewalls. the engines may be powerful, but you still want to cruise and have everyone see you. Detriot even copied custom body styles in 1958, but they did too much and there was an economic depression, so few remember anything other than the 1958 Chevy.

early 1960's, it was the space race, and cars came with taillights looking like rocket exhaust....and some were built for NASCAR to back that up. Mid 1960's, Pontiac decided to actually advertise horsepower, ignoring a ban on such after a terrible racing accident that mowed down a crowd standing next to the track. As young men went to Vietnam and got combat pay, and the nation itself celebrated Camelot, musclecars using those powerful racing engines from the early 60's with cop car suspensions, aimed at youth was just the right timing...not to mention, the Mustang, another stylish commuter car except it could be optioned to be a baby Thunderbird or a grand touring (GT) car. Detriot has its share of "too soon" products that missed their target audience by a decade, but pony cars and muscle cars caught the customer at the right time--bright colors, fast engines with reputations, these weren't your Dad's cars, daddy-o

By 1966, the enthusiast magazines thought nothing could beat the Hemi, the L88, or the sideoiler 427, and they were right--at that time. Tire technology had to catch up, and the NASCAR race engines had to get bigger before they could get wilder and still idle in traffic. 1970 then became the new pinnacle of the "Supercar". Quickly crushed by the 1973 oil crisis and insurance, but then something else rose from those ashes...the custom van. Combining custom body tricks of the 1950's (swapping grills, etc) with custom paint not available in the 1950's, these rolling hotels allowed the new crowd of young men to load up "a little cash and a little stash" and roll with the club for a weekend party at a campground somewhere...and in the rust belt, a few rusted out muscle cars lost their powerful engines to some of those "father's fear/mother's worry" rolling waterbeds, sporting a license plate that stated, "if this van is rocking, don't bother knocking".

as for muscle cars after the mid 1970's, power was replaced with stripes and spoilers. but if you had the cash to rebuild a brand new car's engine, there usually was a V8. Or you could get a lightweight Vega and toss in a Corvette engine from the junkyard. The old 1950's hotrodders who were empty nesters by the late 1970's and coming back to the scene building "Street rods" comfortable for their old knees were showing the way. "street is neat!" was their motto...and that's still where you went to prove it.

I got my license in the 1980's, so I remember the FoxBody Mustang becoming the new 1955 Chevy, with its GT40 package of heads, intake, or cam...or any combo of the three your dealer could install for you, shades of Zora Arkus Duntov.. An affordable, lightweight box of a car with a truck engine that could handle only up to 500hp before splitting its main webs, it was still the car to race against to show your car was hot enough. unless you had Buick's Grand National--the California Highway Patrol used the Mustang, but the East Coast used the GN to go after the real bad boys. and everyone who was anyone, knew it. once again,slowly, cars were a meritocracy--how fast is it, kid?

Modern cars have a lot of attributes--namely, you can run 300-700 hp on a daily basis, with the air on. No more sacrifices. for some, that's a problem--anyone can go fast now, where's the skill? but for others....that's the good thing.
 11qq
Joined: 7/17/2015
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What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 9:21:40 AM
1970 Hemi SuperBird in hemi-orange.

'Nuff Said
 FullMoonGuy
Joined: 3/7/2014
Msg: 17
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 9:40:21 AM
Not a specific decade, but a period.
Roughly mid 1950s to late 1960s.

Most stylish period of design overall.


Any other time period, including now, too many cars of the same basic design.

Did a 1959 Cadillac look anything like a 1957 Buick Roadmaster?
Or a 1965 Mustang look like a 1963 Falcon?
You could tell the difference 3 blocks away.

Now, you can line up 3 different cars by 3 different manufacturers and have trouble 50 feet away.
"Police described the vehicle as a dark colored late model import"

Maybe.
 CharminC
Joined: 2/19/2011
Msg: 18
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 10:26:03 AM

Did a 1959 Cadillac look anything like a 1957 Buick Roadmaster?
Or a 1965 Mustang look like a 1963 Falcon?
You could tell the difference 3 blocks away.

Now, you can line up 3 different cars by 3 different manufacturers and have trouble 50 feet away.
"Police described the vehicle as a dark colored late model import"

Maybe.



The same could be say about houses nowadays. :/

Looks and performance wise... different decades. Can't choose, but the 60-70s do outshine
 _babblefish
Joined: 9/23/2011
Msg: 19
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 10:53:31 AM
each decade offers unique vehicles; I had a love/hate with my 1972 MGB, also had a 1952 GMC p/u in
my garage "Norman"was dragged out of the bush in Saskatchewan and hauled back to BC, love the 50's chev and ford
p/u's, hate the dodges . . for uptodate, I'd love a new audi

vrooooom
 flyguy51
Joined: 8/11/2005
Msg: 20
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 11:12:53 AM
50's overall for both foreign and domestic cars. 60's for American sports cars-- Corvette, Camaro, Mustang
 woobytoodsday
Joined: 12/13/2006
Msg: 21
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 12:20:53 PM
1964 Dodge Dart Station Wagon. Slant 6. Never, ever, burned oil. The only time she needed towing, she saved my life. Most absolutely reliable vehicle I've ever owned, driven, loved. She died in 1979. Her heart was still going strong--every peripheral had failed two or three times.
 gtomustang
Joined: 6/16/2007
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What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 1:25:29 PM
ironically, there was a little bit of "body copy" in the good ol' days. From the end of the 1920's, everyone had a "tombstone grill" until Ford leaned it back in 1933. Tho the Chrysler Airflow was ahead of its time. Late 50's GM family cars had the same roofline and "Sweetheart dip" in the rear fender, just different fenders attached. thru the early 1960's with the wraparound front windshield and X frame underneath. But, of course, that saved money.

Novas and Chevelles were both box shaped until 1968 they became a fastback. Falcons and Galaxies shared that torpedo taillight. But in the 1970's, you could really see GM was sharing bodies, with the Nova and the Apollo and the Ventura economy cars, and the Colonade roofline of the Malibu and Cutlass and Regal.
 _babblefish
Joined: 9/23/2011
Msg: 23
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 1:45:50 PM

The only time she needed towing, she saved my life.


awwww :) my life saver was the rear engine in 'Chico' a 1979 Volkswagen convertible
What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 8:41:23 PM
To a great degree...not absolutely...I think that the older the car, the more I like it.

Otherwise, when I try to figure out what it is that I like about a certain era of cars versus another, what a common denominator might be...something which sticks out is about the external components of a vehicle. The headlights, fender, engine compartment, cab, doors, trunk, grill, etc. In previous eras, to an extent each of these features were as individuals, not integrated very much as parts of the whole body - in contrast to later models where each of these features have little individual character and the whole body is just making a singular aesthetic statement with the parts just having an unimpressive practical existence. I like when a thing's aesthetic is mostly influenced in a utilitarian way. Form following function. I suppose that hand-in-hand with this is that (unfortunately) the more aerodynamic it is, the uglier it is (mostly). And that of course is what's been necessarily happening to the evolution of vehicles. (Though, making the whole thing aerodynamic would be utilitarian, which would contradict what I said...but then, there are many later models which I like that get this right - it's rarely done successfully for my tastes.)

And then of course I like older vehicles because of their electromechanical simplicity and reliability. That is, in cases when the technology of the time actually worked out good, instead of it being a poor design due to it being early in the development of the technology. There are many cases when a model was better because of that era-derived simplicity and reliability, when not affected by the fact that things weren't very advanced yet in certain ways.
 bamagrl68
Joined: 11/14/2010
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What is your favorite decade of cars...50's,60's,70's..or now ?
Posted: 8/14/2015 8:58:45 PM
Italian43- This is ALMOST like asking me to pick my favorite decade of music.
I LOVE classic cars.
My dream car-A 1968 Ford Mustang, but, yeah, it's a wonder I don't have a wreck when anyone drives by in a classic car.
Just last week, some one had this sweet little 60's era Spider out on a drive, I nearly gave myself whiplash, trying to get a better look. :)
Hmmmm, maybe I DO have a favorite decade. ;)
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