Vertical slats on the tailights benz invented and everyone copied throughout the late seventies -80's
To go along with the dual exhaust comment. I dont mind dual exhaust outlets formed into the rear fascia but for goodness sakes, dont make a 4" opening and then hang a 1 1/8" pipe in the middle of it. It looks ridiculous. Example Suzuki Kizashi. Great looking car but the rear kills me.
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek - States visited: GA, TN, FL
Pop headlights were the result of limited shapes in headlight technology. Once the lighting tech allowed for more organic shapes, pop up headlights went away. Why would any manufacturer want the cost and complexity? However, back when they were around, as BRealilstic pointed out, they allowed for a greater design freedom for the stylists and designers, and some of the nicest shapes resulted from it (e.g. Miura, Countach, F40, Stratos, etc.).
I'd say chrome bumpers look very dated. They worked well in the prior to 1980s, and somehow, to my eye at least, gave the cars a less "plastic" appearance. Nowadays, they make almost any car look less sporty (e.g. black greenhouse trim on the "sport" models).
You think I ain't worth a dollar, but I feel like a millionaire.
These are STILL trendy, but someday I'm convinced they'll be the equivalent of louvers.
Fender....things. Vents? I'm not sure what to call them, and I used to think they were fine, until they started showing up on EVERY CAR IN THE WORLD.
STOP DOING THIS
I like a lot of the cars above, but does EVERY vehicle need some kind of non-body-color item on the fender? You can make a functional fender vent without some kind of shiny chrome garnish.
Fenders don't need to be visually "broken up"
By the way, what's with your attitude? Or is that you just really want to use those emoticons?
As for the emoticon, it is what I think of when I see trunk racks on a car with adequate space in the trunk, call me crazy.