Not mine, this time, but those of a guy named Frank Stephenson who, it must be said, is a bona fide car designer and not just some guy on the Internet with an opinion — that would be me, among so many others.
Like me, though, Stephenson seems to favor cars designed in the pre-wind tunnel era — and certainly his design of, for example, the Ferrari 430 bears that out, even though he never actually admits it as such.
Anyway, our Frank opines on several brands’ designs — designs which he feel are statement cars and ones which either set, or reshaped the manufacturers’ designs for years to come.
Amazingly, though, I am in agreement with a lot of his selections despite my being a total amateur in this field. His take on BMW’s three best designs are spot on, for example — the M1, 507 (which are my top pair, as you may recall) and the E9 / 3.0l CSi (which would be my number 3 choice, by the way).
I don’t agree with all his Ferrari choices, though. Of course I agree with his selection of the Dino 246 GT and the 1960s-era 250 GT Lusso, but not so much with the 1970s 365 GT BB (which was really just a knock-off of the Lambo Miura P400 — as Stephenson himself acknowledges). From a pure design standard, I would have picked one of the Scuderia’s other offerings, although which one I’m not quite sure.
Anyway, here are the episodes I think are interesting:
- Jaguar (and I disagree with him vehemently, but that’s a whole post unto itself)
- Alfa Romeo (see Jaguar, above)
- Aston Martin
- Porsche (!!!)
So kiss your Saturday goodbye, and if yer Missus yells at you, blame me. I’ll be talking more about this topic tomorrow.