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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by wraub, Jan 5, 2017.
1948 Norman E. Timbs Buick Streamliner
I'm not really a car guy either.
Does the "you're not allowed to say it's ugly unless you own it" rule apply to cars too?
Nice! I never seen one before.
Ergonomically designed to deflect and rocket bird poop onto the vehicle behind you when it hits your car.
I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have a friend who looks like a Hollywood movie star. He married a gal who looks like she got hit by a truck IMO.
With that said, he introduces her as his beautiful wife, Sally.
You never know. Anyway, I like the design.
Car or wife?
There is a lot to like about that car, but I would tweak it a little.
I think the passenger cabin is a little too far forward and the front end sits just a bit high.
But I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers...
Aesthetics aside (which are definitely very subjective), I thought the fact that it was largely built by one guy over a 2 year period was interesting.
From the link: "The body was nod to the German GP cars which at the time mimicked aeronautical practice. Norm’s design was free of the over indulgences such as huge chrome bumpers and large tail fins that eventually dominated American design. The streamliner’s chic elegance was a rarity in America, even if was outdated by post-war standards.
Today, the cars’s smooth shape is still as pleasing to the eye as it was in 1948. The body is long and low with a complete underbelly panel. With the engine occupying the rear of the chassis, the cockpit is pushed forward much like the Auto Union Typ D. In keeping with the aerofoil shape, no doors are cut out of the body. A large one-piece rear panel opens hydraulically to reveal the entire rear end of the chassis.
The car was based around a 1947 Buick “Super 8” engine which powered the 2200 lb car to 120 mph. The main chassis was built up from five-inch steel tubes which kicked up over the rear axle. To offer a smooth ride, a modified 1947 Ford suspension was utilized."
Don't forget, this was a one-off custom job - some rich guy's idea of a unique vehicle, just like the prototypes we see at car shows. Present value of what it COST him to build it is about $110,000.
I like your friend!
Looks like it would be a real pita to work on.
That was a very advanced design for the times. This is what a 1948 Buick looked like.
huh wha? In that case, I decree it beautiful! I want one!
Well you would be the first kid on your block to have one. Its weird............I like it
the car up there looks like it woudl fit right into that cartoon--and my first thought was the designer was influenced by cartoon cars...
hmmm...something vaguely obscene there....
THAT is worthy of being put on a poster!
What would ya call it? Retro-Modern?
Hmm..lemme see...girlfriend or car?......girlfriend or car?.... wait a second, what am I? Stupid?
ANSWER IS OBVIOUS!