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Show me a nice new car

Based on the runaway success of kshapero's "Show me a nice old car", let's have a counterpoint for beautiful modern machinery. I recently got my Ziess Ikonta 521 all nice and light tight, and shot a roll of Superpan 200 in it. Here is something from that roll to get started:

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Six years later and there still doesn't appear to be an alternative to 'Show me a nice old car', so hopefully this thread will gain some traction (pardon the pun)...

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As I was composing this shot, a couple walked into the frame from the left and entered the crosswalk, passing in front of the car. I waited until they crossed the street and out of the frame before taking the shot. Turns out, it was the owner of the car. I said, "Nice car!" and continued on my way.

I think it's a McLaren 570GT.

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Now that is a nice new car, especially well rendered into something older by the film!

My problem is as a car nut that I can hardly think of a single new car that I like the look of.
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Now that is a nice new car, especially well rendered into something older by the film!

My problem is as a car nut that I can hardly think of a single new car that I like the look of.
Various and increasing regulations imposed on car manufacturers since the late 60’s by bureaucratic agencies have made artistic expression in sheetmetal almost impossible. There are a few modern cars one could point to that can legitimately be called beautiful , but even the nice ones all suffer from a certain sameness because they are all constrained by the same set of outside rules.

There are certain crash protection and fuel efficiency benefits which accrued from all this, but for those who viewed the automobile as an art form as much or more than a transportation appliance, it has been an esthetic tragedy of sorts.
It’s exactly as if some grey government functionary had walked into van Gogh’s studio, and took away 80% of the colors in his studio, especially the oranges and yellows because of “the dangers of cadmium”, and said “have a nice day, don’t forget to pay your fine.”

The Art of the Automobile is no longer possible, in any real sense. We are left with a few beautiful cars which tend to look vaguely similar, and a majority of transport modules which look like egg cartons.

Sic transit gloria mundi

Ah, for the days that something as different and as cleanly, outrageously beautiful as a Jaguar E-type could be sprung on an unsuspecting world, in 1961, seemingly out of nowhere, with no design antecedents to be found.

“Sir William Lyons, so sorry, but that thing goes to the crusher today, those bumpers!”
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My problem is as a car nut that I can hardly think of a single new car that I like the look of.
Thank you, Charles! It's not every day you see a McLaren parked on the street.

I'm not a car nut, but I agree with your sentiments about the look of new cars. I much preferred the old 1950s T-Bird I saw earlier in the day. I think most denizens of this forum would also agree, seeing as the "Show me a nice old car" thread is near its 1,600th post since 2013, whereas this one is (pun intended) stalled at less than 10 posts.
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Various and increasing regulations imposed on car manufacturers since the late 60’s by bureaucratic agencies have made artistic expression in sheetmetal almost impossible. There are a few modern cars one could point to that can legitimately be called beautiful , but even the nice ones all suffer from a certain sameness because they are all constrained by the same set of outside rules.

There are certain crash protection and fuel efficiency benefits which accrued from all this, but for those who viewed the automobile as an art form as much or more than a transportation appliance, it has been an esthetic tragedy of sorts.
It’s exactly as if some grey government functionary had walked into van Gogh’s studio, and took away 80% of the colors in his studio, especially the oranges and yellows because of “the dangers of cadmium”, and said “have a nice day, don’t forget to pay your fine.”

The Art of the Automobile is no longer possible, in any real sense. We are left with a few beautiful cars which tend to look vaguely similar, and a majority of transport modules which look like egg cartons.

Sic transit gloria mundi

Ah, for the days that something as different and as cleanly, outrageously beautiful as a Jaguar E-type could be sprung on an unsuspecting world, in 1961, seemingly out of nowhere, with no design antecedents to be found.

“Sir William Lyons, so sorry, but that thing goes to the crusher today, those bumpers!”
Indeed, a concise and precise summary. Sadly I can't remember the last time I said wow.
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That’s a heck of a car, in so many ways, but the design antecedents stretch all the way back to 1948 and the first 356, which Porsche never tires of reminding us.
Jaguar went from the XK-150 to the E-type basically overnight, which is what I meant by designers having a blank sheet of paper to work on every single year.
Automotive designers, from 1900 to 1965 or so, never had to “think outside the box”, because up until then, there was no box.

Would love to have your car, though, regardless
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^^ True, it has antecedents, though it does demonstrate that even today some manufacturers are producing attractive designs.

Also, some newer cars may look good from the outside but have ergonomic problems, like a high belt-line that makes it difficult to see out, as one example.
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Also, some newer cars may look good from the outside but have ergonomic problems, like a high belt-line that makes it difficult to see out, as one example.
If you can’t comfortably hang your elbow out the window as you motor along, I don’t want it.
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Good shot Dourbalister! In general it's very rare I come across any car that I can get a totally unimpeded shot of, and that McClaren is therefore doubly rare.

McClarens are made about 10 miles away from me and there is a big dealership at Ascot, so I see more than my fair share. If I ever had the money, and they are doubly attractive to this ex-old-Citroen owner because some of the suspension is based upon the old hydropneumatic system (hopefully without the puddles of green suspension fluid that used to greet me like a puppy accident!).
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Good shot Dourbalister! In general it's very rare I come across any car that I can get a totally unimpeded shot of, and that McClaren is therefore doubly rare.

McClarens are made about 10 miles away from me and there is a big dealership at Ascot, so I see more than my fair share. If I ever had the money, and they are doubly attractive to this ex-old-Citroen owner because some of the suspension is based upon the old hydropneumatic system (hopefully without the puddles of green suspension fluid that used to greet me like a puppy accident!).
Thanks, Charles! It's the same car as Post #5 above. We actually spotted that McLaren driving past it on the way to a restaurant a few blocks away. We had to wait for a table, so after we parked, I walked back with my kids to pass the time and to take some photos. I agree it's rare to get unimpeded shots of cars, so I was pretty happy with that lucky find.

Come to think of it, Post #4 was another lucky, unimpeded shot...
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I love the truck, but the sills are too high relative to the seat bottoms to be able to rest your arm out the window unless either it’s pointing up from the shoulder, or you’re 7 feet tall. Plus, as opposed to, say, a 1958 Ford F-100, where you could let your arm hang out and down resting along the side of the truck, all neighborly-like, new ones they have also moved the seat centers farther inboard several inches, so it’s uncomfortable to even attempt that as you are sitting too far away from the outside of the car. Side impact crash standards.
Plus, they took away vent windows to reduce production costs and improve aero drag numbers, so there’s less natural ventilation, so you almost have to ride around with the windows rolled up and the A/C on anyway.

Thanks for posting though, it’s a serious vehicle.
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Continuing the theme that a Mclaren is one of the nice new cars I like, a couple of the same car from Prescott Hill climb (a run up the hill in it as a prize). Large pat on the back for the person who names the other new car in the first picture. Leica M2, Summicron 50mm f2 dual range, Portra 400.



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I love the idea of the Napier Railton, a fine beastie indeed, being new!
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There are so many cars for the Japanese market we just don't see. Looks rather sweet!
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2020 mid engined Corvette. Stunning design execution when seen in the flesh, inside and out, sorry for the poor photos. At $70k list price, looks to be an intimidating amount of advanced automotive tech for the money, though the entire 2020 year's production is already pre-sold, so unless you are on friendly terms with your dealer, it will likely be more dear than that.
The cutaway model gives some idea of how far we have come since the '57 Biscayne.
First Vette I've really wanted since stumbling into a dealer's showroom July 1963 and ogling the first Sting Ray in town, a red split window coupe.
This thing looks to be a giant killer. Please excuse my enthusiasm, but this was generating major buzz, one reason I couldn't get close enough for long enough to take better shots.











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Various and increasing regulations imposed on car manufacturers since the late 60’s by bureaucratic agencies have made artistic expression in sheetmetal almost impossible. There are a few modern cars one could point to that can legitimately be called beautiful , but even the nice ones all suffer from a certain sameness because they are all constrained by the same set of outside rules.

There are certain crash protection and fuel efficiency benefits which accrued from all this, but for those who viewed the automobile as an art form as much or more than a transportation appliance, it has been an esthetic tragedy of sorts.
Sadly I must agree with your sentiments by and large. Even though it's visual presence does not evoke the same sort of emotional response as a vintage sports car I still treasure my S2000. However there is more than just the looks of the Honda that endears it to me. It's also not exactly new, now at more than 14 years old.

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Guth - that's lovely. That is the one car I really do want to own - the way in which the VTEC comes on song makes it gloriously wonderful. I briefly owned an Accord V6 coupe with the VTEC engine and that induction sound (especially with an induction filter) was fabulous. The rest of the car was dynamically flawed though and the 4 speed auto was terrible.
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Sadly I must agree with your sentiments by and large. Even though it's visual presence does not evoke the same sort of emotional response as a vintage sports car I still treasure my S2000. However there is more than just the looks of the Honda that endears it to me. It's also not exactly new, now at more than 14 years old.

Those are nice, for sure, and a bit rare. A car that deserved more sales success than it seemed to achieve, a bit like the NSX in that regard.
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Larry, the Miata/MX-5 has been around long enough now that you can actually see your earlier observations playing out. The impacts of the various safety regulations (no pun intended) on the lines and proportions of the car are visible when it comes to things like the height of the bumpers, the associated height of the hood line, etc.. If I were to add a Miata to the garage I would likely be targeting one of the original NA models. The original Miata served as a nice tribute to design of the Lotus Elan (of which I almost recently loaded a photo of in the nice old car thread).
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