I hate being manipulated by manufacturers who offer "retro" designs. Well, I guess I should qualify that. Most of the time they just bollocks it up by pasting on bits of the old design rather haphazardly on something new. Case in point...
I nearly puked when I saw Ford's retro version of the Thunderbird. I was never a real fan of the original, but I could appreciate its design. Then Ford decided to offer this abortion of a car in 2002 to capture the "retro" market.
The guy who designed that should be made to drive it through Gehenna and back. I guess that's what happens when you have a Canadian design a retro version of an American classic.
Then sometimes a person creates a design that seamlessly transitions a product from our salad days into our gritty, real life present.
My dad had two Datsun Fairlady Zs when I was a kid... a 240z and a 280z I believe, yellow and green respectively.
I always loved those cars and when it came time to buy my first car, dad and I both settled on a Nissan 240sx. There was a bit of a family resemblance there, although watered down a bit.
Hell, if I could find one that hadn't been beaten all to hell by drifters, I might buy it. But I digress...
Today I saw something truly beautiful.
It was designed by Lars Mårtensson on a lark. Just. Because. There's more over at Japanese Nostalgic Car.
Now that, folks, is how you do it. Would that Nissan took notice and hired this guy on.
240sx photo courtesy MonkeyDodge