The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 September 2004

Wheels to die for

It's not on their Web site yet, but the October issue of Automobile has a "highly subjective" list of the 100 Coolest Cars — and, of course, ten that are the very antithesis of cool.

Among the favored are, as I expected, some of my favorites, including the '53 Studebaker Starliner coupe with its legendary Raymond Loewy styling (#52), the first (1963) Buick Riviera (#49), the Ferrari 275GTB (#35), the '55 Chevrolet Bel Air (#22), and Elwood Engle's '61 Lincoln Continental with suicide doors (#19). The only one I really expected to see but didn't was Virgil Exner's '57 Plymouth, arguably the best-looking car ever to emerge from Chrysler, one of which is buried under the Tulsa County Courthouse lawn.

Over in the Bowser Department are such dogs as the Yugo, the Pontiac Aztek, and the Cadillac Cimarron, a tarted-up Chevy Cavalier introduced in 1982 that — well, let them tell you:

On a VH1 "Behind the Music" episode, the Cimarron would be the point where the band breaks up and everybody goes into rehab.

So that's what happened to General Motors in the 80s.

Posted at 3:33 AM to Driver's Seat

Don't forget that we owe the existance of the '61 Continental to what may have been the last smart decision by Robert McNamara.

Posted by: The Prop at 10:09 AM on 8 September 2004

My first car was definately the coolest ever made. 1969 Chrysler Newport, 2-door. It was so huge that I actually had a plane attempt to land atop it one afternoon.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 10:48 AM on 8 September 2004