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MetroplexJim

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What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 12:46 PM (permalink)
Here's mine (even after considering the first sting-ray, the 1956 T-Bird, and the XKE):
 

 
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    NYPIzzaNut

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    Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 12:56 PM (permalink)
    I  loved the first Mustang fastbacks from the mid 60s. [link=javascript:] [/link]
     
    I owned one exactly like this for several years, with the 289 4 Barrel carb and 4 speed..never enjoyed a car as much before or since...
    <message edited by NYPIzzaNut on Sat, 12/8/12 1:02 PM>
     
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      BuddyRoadhouse

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      Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 2:03 PM (permalink)
      The AMC Gremlin.  Of course, I was 11 years old at the time and had no concept of aesthetics.
       
      Buddy
       
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        Michael Hoffman

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        Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 2:08 PM (permalink)
        The 1949 Ford.
         
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          MetroplexJim

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          Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 2:09 PM (permalink)
          BuddyRoadhouse


          The AMC Gremlin.  Of course, I was 11 years old at the time and had no concept of aesthetics.

          Buddy


          Sat in one once.  It was surprisingly roomy and had the headroom I needed (and need).
           
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            mar52

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            Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 3:53 PM (permalink)
            Plymouth Prowler
             
            I still want one.
             

             
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              iluvcfood

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              Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 4:14 PM (permalink)
              1949 Mercury and some day I'll own one! 
               

               
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                Michael Hoffman

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                Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 4:21 PM (permalink)
                Nice job, but while the body looked a lot like that, Mercs never came off the asembly line that way.
                 
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                  iluvcfood

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                  Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 4:28 PM (permalink)
                  Thats true but when I got done with it......that's how it would look!  
                  Todays modern cars are junk! 
                   
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                    chewingthefat

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                    Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 5:11 PM (permalink)
                    I had a 1973 365 GTB Daytona Ferrari, a red convertible, I still dream about it. Single, living on the beach in Playa del Rey, Ca. Business owner...was the car a chick magnet? Uh, yeah, it was, even with me driving it! Said to beat Michael Hoffman to the punch!
                     
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                      love2bake

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                      Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 5:31 PM (permalink)
                      1966 Oldsmobile Toronado and 1967 Mercury Cougar.  Haha--yeah!  But they're pretty funny looking now...
                       
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                        Michael Hoffman

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                        Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 5:44 PM (permalink)
                        Chewy, remind me to tell you about my '53 Aston Martin DB2 drophead sometime..
                         
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                          Foodbme

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                          Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 6:09 PM (permalink)
                          1931 Auburn
                          <message edited by Foodbme on Sat, 12/8/12 6:11 PM>
                           
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                            Foodbme

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                            Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 6:19 PM (permalink)
                            If you're a car buff, you owe it to yourself to gome out to Scottsdale for the Barrett Jackson Auction. A must on your Bucket List.
                            http://www.barrett-jackson.com/scottsdale/
                             
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                              MetroplexJim

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                              Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 7:06 PM (permalink)
                              Gentlemen and Ladies:  this thread "welcomes" pictures.
                               
                              (BTW:  Jim, were you alive and old enough to be sensient when that was new?)
                               
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                                MetroplexJim

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                                Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 7:20 PM (permalink)
                                love2bake


                                1966 Oldsmobile Toronado and 1967 Mercury Cougar.  Haha--yeah!  But they're pretty funny looking now...


                                Be nice. 
                                 
                                "Funny now" isn't the issue.  "Knock your socks off when you first saw it" is.
                                 
                                Marilyn Monroe was a size 12 when she knocked Joe DiMaggio's socks off!  That reminds me of a cute story - true or not:
                                 
                                Marilyn"Joe, when I entertained the troops in Korea there were 50,000 people screaming for me at the top of their lungs.  You can't imagine that!"
                                 
                                Joe:  "But, dearest, I can".
                                 
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                                  jman

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                                  Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 7:27 PM (permalink)

                                  Here's mine: 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo


                                   
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                                    MetroplexJim

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                                    Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 7:42 PM (permalink)
                                    This ain't mine, but it is a pic of the "coolest" vehicle I ever owned: a 1968 GTO in the then avant garde color of avocodo green:  (Saw that year and model recently; it was then a "mid-size"; today it seems HUGE!)

                                     
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                                      Route 11

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                                      Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 8:40 PM (permalink)

                                       
                                      I was still in college and squeaking by in the summers working as a DJ in Orange, VA. Reynolds Buick always had one of these up front, facing Route 15. I would walk by it all the time and just wish. 
                                       
                                      I could buy one now but ... rear wheel drive is the last thing I need. Still...
                                       
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                                        ScreamingChicken

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                                        Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 8:40 PM (permalink)
                                        Excellent choice, Jim.  I'd love to own a '63 or '64 Riviera someday.
                                         
                                        Funny, I can't really think of an answer to your question.  The cars (and trucks) I really like are ones that I was either too young or not enough of a gearhead to notice when they first came out.
                                         
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                                          joerogo

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                                          Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 9:31 PM (permalink)
                                          ScreamingChicken


                                          Excellent choice, Jim.  I'd love to own a '63 or '64 Riviera someday.

                                          Funny, I can't really think of an answer to your question.  The cars (and trucks) I really like are ones that I was either too young or not enough of a gearhead to notice when they first came out.

                                          Oh come on Brad!

                                          <message edited by joerogo on Sat, 12/8/12 9:35 PM>
                                           
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                                            MetroplexJim

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                                            Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sat, 12/8/12 10:40 PM (permalink)
                                            ScreamingChicken


                                            Excellent choice, Jim.  I'd love to own a '63 or '64 Riviera someday.

                                            Funny, I can't really think of an answer to your question.  The cars (and trucks) I really like are ones that I was either too young or not enough of a gearhead to notice when they first came out.


                                            I'm just asking what "snapped your neck" when it first whizzed by.  For me, it was an XKE on the corner of S. Wade and E. Beau in Washington, PA.  I thought the freaking aliens had landed and disguised their rocker as a car! 
                                             
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                                              mar52

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                                              Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sun, 12/9/12 1:54 AM (permalink)
                                              MetroplexJim...  Here is a rear view of my first car a pseudo-GTO.
                                               
                                              It had just been involved in a hit and run and I wasn't driving.
                                               
                                              1969 Pontiac Tempest purchased brand new for $3,000.  It was a light metallic green and oxidized something awful.  It was also a lemon having 3 different engines in it the five years I owned it which is why I had it painted yellow.
                                               

                                               
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                                                carlton pierre

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                                                Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sun, 12/9/12 10:10 AM (permalink)
                                                1964 T Bird and 1968 GTO.  Still love those cars
                                                 
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                                                  MetroplexJim

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                                                  Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sun, 12/9/12 10:12 AM (permalink)
                                                  Mar, you reminded me of prices.  Mt 1968 GTO was $3,200 brand new.  And a four-function Monroe Calculator then cost $1,200!  (They were half the size of a Sampsonite attache case and also did square roots!).
                                                   
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                                                    Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sun, 12/9/12 12:53 PM (permalink)
                                                    MetroplexJim


                                                    Mar, you reminded me of prices.  Mt 1968 GTO was $3,200 brand new.  And a four-function Monroe Calculator then cost $1,200!  (They were half the size of a Sampsonite attache case and also did square roots!).

                                                     
                                                    I remember sitting around back then with fellow engineers talking about the unlikelyhood that a hand-held calculator would ever cost less than $100.00.  Idiots, everyone of us.
                                                     
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                                                      MetroplexJim

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                                                      Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sun, 12/9/12 1:44 PM (permalink)
                                                      jman


                                                      MetroplexJim


                                                      Mar, you reminded me of prices.  Mt 1968 GTO was $3,200 brand new.  And a four-function Monroe Calculator then cost $1,200!  (They were half the size of a Sampsonite attache case and also did square roots!).


                                                      I remember sitting around back then with fellow engineers talking about the unlikelyhood that a hand-held calculator would ever cost less than $100.00.  Idiots, everyone of us.


                                                      How about the fact that an i-Phone has more computing power than the Apollo Program?  Or 60" flat screens < $1,000! 
                                                       
                                                      In 1993 I was the "go-to" place to watch the game with my state-of-the-art $1,700 35" CRT Mitsubishi TV!  Finally set it on the curb (took a hand truck; damn, it was heavy) a few years back and the neighbor kid snagged it for his video games.  It was on the curb again last week!
                                                       
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                                                        MetroplexJim

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                                                        Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sun, 12/9/12 1:48 PM (permalink)
                                                        carlton pierre


                                                        1964 T Bird and 1968 GTO.  Still love those cars



                                                         
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                                                          mjambro

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                                                          Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sun, 12/9/12 5:52 PM (permalink)
                                                          Ah - my first car
                                                           

                                                           
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                                                            baileysoriginal

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                                                            Re:What new car design "knocked your socks off" when you first saw it? Sun, 12/9/12 8:56 PM (permalink)
                                                            There have been a few through the years - and I was fortunate to own a some of them but right now the Cadillac CTS VCoupe sends my heart racing - a true thing of beauty.
                                                             
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