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Car design over the decades


Brazilian cars over the decades. There are some cool, interesting, wacky and plenty of bad one in there.


What the Viper could have been in 1967!

http://png-4.findicons.com/files/icons/2158/super_simple_grey_series/64/arrow_up.png That is a cool design exercise, but I think we already know how a Viper would have looked in the 60s as it was inspired by the Shelby cars. You can see it’s a combination of the Shelby Cobra (RT/10) and Shelby Daytona (GTS).


Dodge/SRT Viper Evolution

Viper Concept Drawings


1989 Dodge Viper Pacifica Prototype

1992 Dodge Viper SRT 10

1994 Dodge Viper Defender

1996 Dodge Viper GTS


2003 Dodge Viper SRT10

2005 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe

2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe


2013 SRT Viper GTS



The car pictures are very classic and old but look so good. Recent cars are very stylish and gorgeous with advanced and innovative specifications and features.


Is anyone planning to make a marque model for their company that will last for decades with only slight design and style changes as the years go by?

Like the Porsche 911, or even the VW Beetle?


Changing Architecture of the Motor Car - the History


[quote=“Knyte”]Is anyone planning to make a marque model for their company that will last for decades with only slight design and style changes as the years go by?

Like the Porsche 911, or even the VW Beetle?[/quote]

Don’t forget the Trabant! Only mayor changes from the early 1960’s to 1989 was altered mirrors, door-handles, some trim and chrome and so forth. 1990 came the 4-stroke engine and a new grille!
So yeah, this one is a definitive challenge in the game, stick to the same body only changing engine, suspension and all the other bits “under the shell” so to speak.

20 years- Bronze medal
30 years- Silver medal
40 years- Gold medal
50 years- Ruby and diamond encrusted crown of awesomeness declaring you king of the Dino-cars!



Trabant, and its predecessors

Mitsubishi Lancer EVO

Volkswagen Golf, from I to VII.

Lamborghini mid-engined V8/V10 cars





was there any need to bump a 3 year old thread?


Yes, it’s the best fit for what I wanted to post and what I reguraly used to post. There was no need to make a duplicate for a single link on autocar. Also this thread is mainly filled with car designs, shapes and trends over time. It’s not like it’s outdated information or discussion or something.


That Mito is cuuuuute. I want it.


For me and please understand this is one American’s take on the subject.
Early 1900’s: Still trying to go faster than the horse.
Early 1920’s - Early 1930’s: It’s about the style that each segment of society could afford to buy. And going faster than last year’s models.
1930 - 1939: Style, keeping reasonable cost. Inventing new colors of paint. Implementing discoveries from the 1920’s into all production models. Good example, the Fluid Coupling. Forerunner of the Torque Converter.
1938-1946: Almost all car production stopped as automotive factories were converted to produce war material in mass. The last style changed happened in 1939 or 1940 and persisted until after the war.
1946-1947: Clearing the cobwebs from collective auto industries drafting boards. The war years had brought radar, microwave ovens and jets into being. The auto industry had to play catch up and also feed a nation (the U.S.), with brand new, go fast hardware. That look up to date while going …fast.
1948 - 1965: This time frame is about three things. First, make it flashy to attract the attention of the buyer. Second, make it big enough to haul a large family and finally, make it go fast …in incremental steps. This last detail is were “Performance Packages” came into being.
1966 - 1976: This is the era were different parts of America began to express there own definition of what made a “Muscle Car” a muscle car. Speaking from a background of a moonshine running family …this was important because not every car was suitable for the a particular job.
Muscle Car was a vehicle you bought as an ordinary car or with a Performance Package and than had it tweaked. It’s primary attribute was not raw speed but quickness (good acceleration + good handling qualities). A Street Rod was a show piece. Sometimes they had high torque or lots of horsepower but mostly they were for show. A Hot Rod was a car ready for the straight out flat run for your money. They were faster than a muscle car but lacked the muscle car’s agility.
Over the years, definitions have changed. Somethings are no longer thought of or the meaning has changed. This is just a history lessen from a very small segment of a America that no longer exists today. the world moved on and so are we!
1976 - 1981: Here in the U.S., so many things were changing at one time and its hard to keep track. But automation was being introduced into the auto industry …actually, on one scale or another it was being introduced everywhere. Government regulations were demanding this type of test or that type of test and it all boggles the mind. Insurance rates and gas prices reach all time new highs (well, for that time period anyway). And I am going to be honest here, in my opinion the American auto industry would slip into a coma that would last right up until 2012. Sure, there would be moments of stirring in the American conscientious but over all, the big three lost ground to imports. And those imports were/are something to deal with buster. They set a standard of workmanship, quality and value that was hard to beat. But mostly, the import companies listened to their consumer base and acted accordingly in those early year. They adapted and over came as a Marine would say.

After 1981, I pretty much stopped paying attention to cars …hey, I was in my early twenties and had just enough money fill up the tank on my 1981 AMC Gremlin X and goto a movie or get drunk …one of those two things but not both.


I mostly focused on the visual styles of car design which interestingly has not been formally defined and set in stone as far as I can tell, like in architecture or fine arts. Except for the book I mention in a post above which does it by describing the aesthetic, most sources tend to classify cars more by functional aspects, body sizes, engine sizes, even when talking about body shapes it’s mostly about function + engine power and handling , hatchback, SUV, coupe, sedan, etc.

But on the other hand classifying cars is fun because it can be done in so many ways.


The retro Mito looks much better than the modern one. In fact I’ll go as far as saying that modern Alfa Romeo design is pretty crappy. They used to have beautiful elegant cars.


Here are a couple of designs of how the Pagani Zonda might have looked if it would have been made in the 60s and 80s.

I really like these types of reimaginings as they often distill the shapes colors and fixtures that were important in a certain time frame while also trying to capture the soul of a certain brand or model.


Evolving fixtures and shapes