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Car design over the decades


#21

Marian87 thanks for taking the time :slight_smile: its a great read.


#22

No problem. I would like to finish the list.


#23

Yeah, loving this thread, keep going! :slight_smile:


#24

[size=150]Wedge Line, late 1960s onwards[/size]

Wedge Line was a radical departure from previous trends and became an important part of car design. It introduced the arrow shaped front end and pop-up headlights. It was meant to suggest dynamism and wind resistance.

Bizarrini Manta concept 1968
http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/Bizzarrini/bizzarrini_manta_silver_manu-68_01.jpg
http://www.weareprivate.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/Bizzarrini_Manta_1968_Rear.jpg

Alfa Romeo Carabo 1968


http://www.nfscars.net/forum/picture.php?albumid=534&pictureid=9871

Lamborghini LP500 1971
http://storage.canoe.ca/v1/dynamic_resize/?src=http://www.autonet.ca/Donut/Autonet_ca/search/galleries/2009/09/21/YY_countach.jpg&size=486x365

Alfa Romeo Giuletta 1977
http://www.classicandperformancecar.com/front_website/octane_interact/modelpicture.php?id=8248
http://photos.autoexpress.co.uk/images/front_picture_library_UK/dir_821/car_photo_410836_7.jpg

Lotus Elite 1974
http://www.classicandperformancecar.com/front_website/octane_interact/modelpicture.php?id=6034


#25

[size=150]New Baroque 1970s[/size]

New Baroque was mainly popular in the USA in the late 60s till early 80s. It held the old values of 1950s styling but introduced new characteristics like the prominent radiator grill, a bent side profile, vinal roofs and accentuated spokes on wheel caps. This type of styling worked well on big cars, but once cars had to become smaller it quickly faded.

Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado 1967


Ford LTD Brougham 1971
http://www.motorcitygalaxieclub.com/images/mcgc_galaxie_gatherings/ggn18/1971_ltd_brougham_4dh.jpg

Mercury Marquis 1971

Imperial coupe 1981


http://www.autotraderclassics.com/images/b/2011/11/14/65656871/329432_1321306393582.jpg


#26

[size=150]Edge Box Design 1970s[/size]

The 1973 Oil Crisis brought about a profound changed of the car industry. Once the crisis was over, the new cars that were to be made were more compact with a better use of space and with an economic appearance. In order to save cost plastics began to be used more widely, replacing the chrome trimming that was so prevalent before and global cars were developed.

Volkswagen Golf 1974


Dodge Omni 1978


Lancia Megagamma Concept 1978
http://www.histomobile.com/histomob/internet/49/1149901.jpg
http://www.histomobile.com/histomob/internet/49/1149902.jpg
Renault Espace 1984
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Renault-Espace_1984_800x600_wallpaper_01.jpg
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/5158/matrap2316pd.jpg


#27

[size=150]Graph Design 1970s[/size]

The Graph Design used more unpainted plastic components, often structuring the cars into two halfs, upper half of painted metal and the lower half of grey or black unpainted plastic. Plastic began to be used in more than just the bumpers and side panels, entire plastic front and tail ends were also used. This style finally died out in the early 90s.\

FIAT Ritmo 1978
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Fiat-Ritmo_1978_800x600_wallpaper_01.jpg


Peugeot 104 Peugette concept 1976


Alfa Romeo 33 1983


Renault R18 1980
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Renault-18_GTL_1978_800x600_wallpaper_01.jpg
http://autocarworld.com/wp-content/gallery/cars/renault/1984-renault-18-tl-type-2/1984-renault-18-tl-type-2-1600x1200-image-2.jpg


#28

[size=150]Flow Box Design, late 1970s onwards[/size]

After the Oil Crisis the Flow Box Design was an attempt at introducing aerodynamics as a way of making cars more fuel effiecent. This style used smooth flowing forms with soften edges. The front and windshield were more steeply inclined and the body had less irregularities as headlights and bumpers were integarted into the body. In the early 1990s computer aided design allowed for more complex structures in cars, but also gave rise to what we call today Vanilla Design, and unemotional style with oval shapes.

Renault R14 1976


http://img2.netcarshow.com/Renault-14_L_1976_800x600_wallpaper_02.jpg
Ford Thunderbird 1983
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/popularmechanics/images/3g/80s_cars_07_0810-lg.jpg

Toyota Previa 1990
http://images.motoring.co.uk/car/images/toyota-previa-1990-18213-c2.jpg
http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/toyota/prev4.jpg
Ford Taunus wagon 1996
http://histomobile.com/histomob/internet/41/108201.jpg


#29

[size=150]Retro Design 1990s onwards[/size]

The rational cars created after the oil crisis, while saving the industry, they lacked a certain emotional uniqness about them, thus creating in the 80s the tuner cult and nostalgia cult. The first car to cater to the people that wanted a more emotional package was the 1989 Mazda Miata MX-5, inspired by the British roadster, subsequently giving birth to a flood of retro inspired cars and remakes.

Mazda Miata Mx5 1989
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Mazda-MX-5_Miata_Roadster_1989_800x600_wallpaper_01.jpg
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Mazda-MX-5_Miata_Roadster_1989_800x600_wallpaper_02.jpg
Lotus Elan
http://dayerses.com/data_images/posts/lotus-elan/lotus-elan-04.jpg
http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/Lotus/66_Lotus_Elan_S2_Conv_Dv-06-p-03.jpg
Chrysler PT Cruiser 1999


http://dayerses.com/data_images/posts/chrysler-pt-cruiser/chrysler-pt-cruiser-02.jpg
Chrysler Airflow


Volkswagen New Beetle 1998
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Volkswagen-New_Beetle_2005_800x600_wallpaper_02.jpg

Volkswagen Beetle 2012
http://www.managedspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/VW-Beetle-2012-Front-View.jpg
http://imgsvr1.autobook.ro/stiri/poze/volkswagen/volkswagen-beetle-2012-15.jpg
**Volkswagen Beetle **


Mini Cooper 2002
http://images.motoring.co.uk/images/car-pictures/mucf-images/500x375/spid1/52/4e/04/mini-one-2002-metallic-blue-hatchback-mini-one-3dr-524e04c00b5459572407ebd1207da5c9-m2.jpg

Mini Morris


#30

[size=150]New Edge Box Design late 1990s[/size]

This style appeared so as to counter the bland Vannila type design of the late 90s. New Edge integrates elements form different styles, such as Edge, Flow and Graph and has flowing forms turning into sharp edges and pointed angles.

Mercedes Benz A-klasse 1997
http://db3.stb.s-msn.com/i/3A/ACE4903728AE36FACD1461C53198C.jpg
http://www.parts-specs.com/photos/0334133-mercedes-benz-a-class-a140-elegance-1997.jpg
Ford Focus 1998
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Ford-Focus_1998_800x600_wallpaper_03.jpg
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Ford-Focus_1998_800x600_wallpaper_10.jpg
Mercury Cougar 1999



Opel Corsa 2000


#31

[size=150]Smooth Body Design 1990s[/size]

Smooth Body is the successor of Flow Line and Flow box and it uses clean lines and has an elegant, aerodynamic look and feel.

Ford Thunderbird 1989


http://www.fantasycars.com/derek/cars/images/ford/thunderbirdsc_5.jpg
Audi TT 1998


Peugeot 406 Coupe 1997

http://www.dezmembrari24.ro/img/produse/0/0/tnaw_800x600_713.jpg
Chrysler Concorde 1998


#32

[size=150]Edge Body Design 2000s[/size]

Edge Body is a continuator of Edge Line, Flow Line and New Baroque. Cars have straight surfaces and complete edges with a minimal look emphasizing safety and solidity.

Lincoln Sentinel 1996


Cadillac XLR 2002
http://www.adamfinecars.com/libs/spaw/images/cars/Cadillac-XLR.jpg


Chrysler 300 C Touring 2003
http://futurekars.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Chrysler-300C-Touring-4-IKM6UWWR8L-1600x1200.jpg
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Chrysler-300C_Touring_Concept_2003_800x600_wallpaper_08.jpg
Lamborghini Gallardo 2003
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Lamborghini-Gallardo_2003_800x600_wallpaper_08.jpg


#33

[size=150]Carved Body Design lates 90s-2000s[/size]

Carved Body is a combination of influence from New Edge and Graph Design. The cars have sculpted surfaces that sugest lightness and dynamism.

Renault Avantime 1999


Fiat Stillo 2002


Volvo S80 1998


Lexus IS 200 1998


#34

[size=150]New Classic Design 2000s[/size]

A derivative of Retro, this style is a modern interpretation and an evolution of the classical shapes, lines and details, giving a traditional yet up to date look.

Maserati Quattroporte 2003
http://www.classicdriver.com/upload/images/_de/1703/MaseratiQuattroporte2003_2.jpg

Lancia Thesis 2002
http://www.ebursaauto.ro/pozeAuto/_sterse/212954/LANCIA_THESIS-2.jpg
http://www.ebursaauto.ro/pozeAuto/_sterse/212954/LANCIA_THESIS-3.jpg
Bentley Continental GT 2002


Rolls Royce Phantom 2003


#35

That is a few place holders :slight_smile:


#36

[quote=“Marian87”][size=150]Baroque Design 1955-1959[/size]

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3053/2678870039_f31f953004.jpg[/quote]

Is that an arm coming out of the car’s back? :astonished:


#37

Yup :laughing:

It’s a design element.


#38

:laughing: Very nice, I’ll get one for my car.


#39

Morgan Plus8

1968

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/1047/10938morgan.jpg

2012

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/1830/morganplus8launch3.jpg


#40

I finally finished adding descriptions to all those design styles.
Look up and on previous pages. :slight_smile: