Username or Email Address
Do you already have an account?
Forgot your password?
  • Log in or Sign up

    VWVortex


    The Car Lounge
    Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
    Results 26 to 50 of 84

    Thread: Once-"Trendy" Car Design Cues that Look Dated Now

    1. 10-01-2011 08:00 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Impeccable View Post
      Not really

      Those arent to bad, I meant more on the aftermarket side where everyone added them on their cars

    2. 10-01-2011 09:37 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Boogety Boogety View Post
      Expected these to be posted waaaay before now:



      Not sure I agree with this one. Fins are pretty representative of 50's design in general. They'd look out of place on today's cars, for sure, but not 50's iron.
      I find the evolution of Caddy "fins" interesting. After the 59's, they became much more subdued, eventually morphing into the vertical taillights used on Caddys for several decades. Now, the vertical and 3-dimensional taillights on the SRX and CTS are a fine and subtle recall of those Caddy cues, much more effective than Buick sticking portholes on its new models.
      BMW's "flame surfacing" was always awkward to me, unfortunately influenced other manufacturers and has aged poorly. Even BMW's design updates to flame surfaced models moved progressively away from the theme.
      It'll be interesting to see how well Hyundai's and Ford's current design language holds up in the coming years.

    3. Senior Member Lwize's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 4th, 2000
      Location
      Los Angeles
      Posts
      24,092
      Vehicles
      09 Rabbit S 5MT
      10-02-2011 12:09 AM #28
      LED DRL's already look dated and silly. Hopefully this trend will die off quickly.
      :gift:

    4. Member Boogety Boogety's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 22nd, 2003
      Location
      Dallas!
      Posts
      2,891
      Vehicles
      '14 Beetle 'Vert
      10-02-2011 12:20 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by TOMPASS View Post
      Not sure I agree with this one. Fins are pretty representative of 50's design in general. They'd look out of place on today's cars, for sure...

      Not sure what the point of your observation is, as the thread title is "Once-"Trendy" Car Design Cues that Look Dated Now." Try to keep up...

      Have to add rectangular sealed-beam headlights, all over cars in mid '70s to mid-80s...



      (as opposed to now-ubiquitous headlights with replaceable bulbs, like this early example):




    5. 10-02-2011 12:22 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Digital dash!
      Definately not.


    6. Senior Member TBT-Syncro's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 28th, 2001
      Location
      Vancouver
      Posts
      20,390
      Vehicles
      92 VR-T syncro GTI, 2011 husaberg FS570, 2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 APRC
      10-02-2011 12:33 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by flat6guy View Post
      Definately not.


      thats an analog dash

    7. Member Rukh's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 25th, 2003
      Location
      Colorado
      Posts
      7,651
      Vehicles
      Mk4 Jetta Wagon, WJ Grand Cherokke
      10-02-2011 12:50 AM #32
      Strakes






      All-glass hatches











      HAVE/HAD: Mercedes, Porsche, Cadillac, Land Rover, VW (x5), Buick, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan, Ford, GMC, Jeep
      WANT: FIAT 500C Abarth, VW Scirocco Mk1, Alfa Romeo GTV, Lotus Esprit, Audi TT, 240Z, Lancer Evo VIII RS,
      Hudson Hornet, Porsche 964, Mini Cooper, Caterham SV, M-B CLS63 AMG, DeTomaso Pantera

    8. Member Rukh's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 25th, 2003
      Location
      Colorado
      Posts
      7,651
      Vehicles
      Mk4 Jetta Wagon, WJ Grand Cherokke
      10-02-2011 12:52 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by TBT-Syncro View Post
      thats an analog dash
      It's an analog dash displayed digitally. :head explode:
      HAVE/HAD: Mercedes, Porsche, Cadillac, Land Rover, VW (x5), Buick, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan, Ford, GMC, Jeep
      WANT: FIAT 500C Abarth, VW Scirocco Mk1, Alfa Romeo GTV, Lotus Esprit, Audi TT, 240Z, Lancer Evo VIII RS,
      Hudson Hornet, Porsche 964, Mini Cooper, Caterham SV, M-B CLS63 AMG, DeTomaso Pantera

    9. Member
      Join Date
      Sep 7th, 2009
      Location
      Slatington, PA
      Posts
      4,386
      Vehicles
      1996 BMW 328i
      10-02-2011 12:59 AM #34
      Wood paneling was really popular in the 70s and into the 80 and even 90s but it looks very dated today.


      Wire wheels (or lookalikes for that matter) were around since the first car really. It took until the 90s for them to finally die off.


      Laudau tops were also pretty popuar from the 20s to the 90s. They do show up on some modern cars but look terribly out of place.


      Opera windows were all over the place in the 70s but didn't last long. By the mid 80s most were gone. This Lincoln also has opera lights.


    10. Member Tuneman7's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jan 12th, 2010
      Location
      New York, NY
      Posts
      3,032
      Vehicles
      '93 Audi 80, '15 Audi S4
      10-02-2011 01:21 AM #35
      ^^Looking at those pictures, how about tires with white sidewalls, or the white ring/stripe? Also, those nasty pinstripes that people would get on the side of their cars to accent the car body's lines.

      Also, how's about 4ft long wire hanger antennas and, not necessarily a design cue but, how about those keypads under the outside doorhandles that car makers would put to eliminate the need for the keyhole or keyed entry.
      Last edited by Tuneman7; 10-02-2011 at 01:25 AM.

    11. 10-02-2011 02:00 AM #36
      Vertical slats on the tailights benz invented and everyone copied throughout the late seventies -80's

    12. 10-02-2011 05:50 AM #37
      Luggage racks!

    13. Member JorgenP's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 8th, 2010
      Location
      Tallinn, Estonia
      Posts
      1,044
      Vehicles
      Benz 190E
      10-02-2011 06:47 AM #38



    14. Member PrimaVW's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 21st, 2005
      Location
      Bloomsburg, Pa
      Posts
      4,751
      Vehicles
      99.5 B5 A4 Casa White, 09 Jetta, 99 Cabrio (92 Corrado)
      10-02-2011 07:11 AM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by Impeccable View Post
      Vertical slats on the tailights benz invented and everyone copied throughout the late seventies -80's
      assuming you meant horizontal?
      Family First

    15. Member Dr. Woo's Avatar
      Join Date
      Feb 28th, 2003
      Location
      Hampton, VA
      Posts
      3,992
      Vehicles
      '03 S2K '12 Focus
      10-02-2011 07:34 AM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      Wood paneling was really popular in the 70s and into the 80 and even 90s but it looks very dated today.

      Wire wheels (or lookalikes for that matter) were around since the first car really. It took until the 90s for them to finally die off.

      Laudau tops were also pretty popuar from the 20s to the 90s. They do show up on some modern cars but look terribly out of place.

      Opera windows were all over the place in the 70s but didn't last long. By the mid 80s most were gone. This Lincoln also has opera lights.
      Best post in the thread so far.
      ├┼┤2003 S2000 | 2012 Focus SE Sport (2011-2014) | 2009 G8 GT (2011-2011) | 2008 R32 (2007-2011) | 2006 GTI (2006-2007) | 2001 A4 (2002-2006)
      SAVETHERING

    16. Member MCTB's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 29th, 2005
      Location
      The Northern of Virginia
      Posts
      10,360
      Vehicles
      '12 Focus SE, '15 Outback Limited
      10-02-2011 09:11 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Miyagi View Post
      Camry, Accord, etc... GET RID OF THAT DESIGN.
      Yeah, that design obviously sucks as they sell SO few of them GO away.


      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.
      Looking for a car event on the East Coast? Check here

      I have an idea, we will try it my way first...and then we will finish.

      MCFC

    17. Member TooFitToQuit's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 5th, 2003
      Location
      A dealership
      Posts
      11,504
      Vehicles
      2015 Tacoma, 2013 Triumph ST3
      10-02-2011 09:23 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by LG6R View Post
      Black roof



      Now that anyone with a can of spray paint has done it, it doesn't look so classy anymore.
      All of my recent Mustangs I have painted them. I think it looks a hell of a lot better when the roof line permits (when the A-pillar trim segments properly at the edge of the windshield).

    18. Member MartijnGizmo's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 21st, 2002
      Location
      Groningen, The Netherlands
      Posts
      11,220
      Vehicles
      2002 MINI Cooper S, 2005 Volvo V50 T5
      10-02-2011 09:32 AM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by morecarsthanbrains View Post
      Yeah, that design obviously sucks as they sell SO few of them GO away.


      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.

      Kinda like a Murcielago than:


      Though I guess it's better than this...

    19. Member
      Join Date
      Nov 26th, 2006
      Location
      Orange County, CA
      Posts
      7,655
      Vehicles
      M44/40F20CS65
      10-02-2011 09:36 AM #44
      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).

    20. Member
      Join Date
      Jan 29th, 2009
      Location
      Valdosta, Ga
      Posts
      2,907
      Vehicles
      '01 S2000, '05 MDX, '06 Accord EX-L
      10-02-2011 10:07 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack-the-Tripper View Post
      Luggage racks!
      HEY! EASY! I resemble that remark.



      Louvers


      NACA ducts, which I personally think look awesome.


      LED lighting


      Let's just all admit that once Hyundai did it the end was nigh.
      You think I ain't worth a dollar, but I feel like a millionaire.

    21. Member
      Join Date
      Sep 13th, 2007
      Location
      Central Ky
      Posts
      5,077
      Vehicles
      Dodge Dakota
      10-02-2011 10:22 AM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      Wire wheels (or lookalikes for that matter) were around since the first car really. It took until the 90s for them to finally die off.
      Mr. Huey Lewis, I've got news...

      "Motorcycles - the cigarettes of transportation." Seth Meyers

    22. Member Tokyosmash's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 10th, 2007
      Location
      Clarksville, Tenneessee
      Posts
      2,557
      Vehicles
      2012 Golf R, 2013 Focus ST
      10-02-2011 11:18 AM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by rice is burning View Post
      HEY! EASY! I resemble that remark.
      what the hell, why do you need a luggage rack on an S2000?

    23. Member
      Join Date
      Nov 26th, 2006
      Location
      Orange County, CA
      Posts
      7,655
      Vehicles
      M44/40F20CS65
      10-02-2011 01:20 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by Tokyosmash View Post
      what the hell, why do you need a luggage rack on an S2000?
      If it's your only car, and you have to travel, where would you put a regular size suitcase? It's not fitting in the trunk, that's for sure. I personally think the luggage rack looks horrible, but hey, if it's your only car, you're going to need it.

    24. Member Tuneman7's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jan 12th, 2010
      Location
      New York, NY
      Posts
      3,032
      Vehicles
      '93 Audi 80, '15 Audi S4
      10-02-2011 01:35 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by rice is burning View Post
      NACA ducts, which I personally think look awesome.
      Veyron SS has them although I don't think it's the most trendy looking car per se.

    25. Member Matt15's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jan 11th, 2007
      Location
      Vancouver, Canada
      Posts
      1,434
      Vehicles
      2015 Subaru Impreza Hatch 5-speed, 1999 BMW M3 Cabrio 5-speed
      10-02-2011 01:41 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by Tokyosmash View Post
      what the hell, why do you need a luggage rack on an S2000?
      what a stupid question lol
      where else are you going to put stuff? i DD'd an S2000 for a year and a half and there are countless times i could have used one

    Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •