I actually like the styling of 50's and 60's domestic cars. It showed the world that we were world leaders. Excess ... Yeah, we didn't have to be efficient, because we had so much! Seas of chrome ... the shinier the better! Big land yachts with a super smooth ride - we were cruising on our newly built interstate system - back in the late 80's to early 90's, I did a study on the Federal Highway Act of 1956. Until I looked into it, I didn't know we had an Act to complete and interconnect our highways - I always assumed there was one. I just took it for granted!
As a nation, we were doing incredible things. From building our interstate highway system to putting a man on the moon, we were something! The style of consumer products showed our confidence. Hey, we just won the war!
Fast forward to today and our autos have no personality. My better half is great source for me to get a feel for a design of a car. She can't tell a Honda from a Chevy, but she knows what looks good and what looks plain Jane. Most cars look like a Toyota or Honda to her. Not bad, but not interesting to look at. She loves our Alfa's and thinks the Fiat 850 is cute. She really likes our Boxster, but isn't a fan of our MR2 Spyder. She doesn't like any of our Volvos and thinks it doesn't show my personality - to her, a Volvo is the ultimate appliance ... dull with zero personality! Even if one of our cars is a Volvo 850R wagon! When I bring a trade in home, most times her response is of no interest. However, when I brought a Lexus CT200h home, she fell in love - it's now her daily driver! She once told me that the Porsche 944/968 looks like a Toyota! Being in the business, I become blind to vehicles and when I see something I think is gorgeous, most times it's because it's aesthetically appealing, but also different - every day, it's a sea of Camry, Corolla, Civic, Accord, Prius, RAV4, CRV, Tacoma, Highlander, Pilot, RX350, ES350, NX300, 330i, 530i, X1, X3, X5, C Class, GLC, GLE, E Class, A4, Q3, Q5, Q7, Silverado, F150, Ram 1500, etc. All the same! I actually do like the Toyota 4Runner - it's unique looking, quality built (all made in Japan), looks rugged, drives great, comfortable, roomy and has nice technology. But it's thirsty! And you have to climb in, so on Monday after a long hike on Sunday, I sometimes don't want to climb up and in!
Too much ranting - thanks for reading.