Automotive engineering objectively improves each year, with cars inarguably getting faster, safer, and more efficient. But can we say that something as subjective as the design has improved? Have our fancy CAD programs enabled us to create shapes more aesthetically pleasing than what our design forebears, limited to pencil/paper/clay, could produce?
If ever there was a discussion that designers could drag out while closing the bar, this is probably it. So before you buy the first round and tuck in, here's your ammunition: The collection of "classic cars alongside their modern-day counterparts" that has been floating around the web.
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...well, the Beatle is more like "Lord Byron nearby his fat cousin"
They're all fat cousins. I love the new challenger (nowhere near as much as the original), but look at that chunkerella. What do new cars have stuffed in all that space?? Airbags? Candy?
Hey! Where are the Minis and Cinquecentos?! By the way: why actual car design has such a lack of elegance? Is it me? All the comparisons are like "Lord Byron nearby Al Capone".
Amazing article! cool cars.
These are cars from different times both are very valid. If you update an old concept you are trying to invoke the feelings for the past in something new using the equipment and knowledge available to you atthe time. The design style has nothing to do with the equipment used to product the concept. Mostly I use 3d Cad-Cam system to product good design I can build more quickly. It avoid the "damn it doesn't fit" moment in pre-production and shortens delivery times.
911 Doesn't count.