Ugly Cars

John W. Pinkerton

When did we start liking ugly cars?  Well, some are not as ugly as they are just Plain Janes.  I mean, Hell, so many of them look alike that it makes one suspect the gene pool is getting a little thin.

When I was growing up in the fifties and sixties, one could identify the brand of a car from 2000 yards away.  Although all of them were not beauties, they were all distinctive.  One would never confuse a Ford with a Chevy or a Plymouth or a Steudebaker or a Nash.  Now you must get close enough to the cars to read the labels, if you can find them.

In my Dad's time, the cars were even more distinctive.  Then there was absolutely no confusion whether you were looking at a Packard, a La Salle, a Kaiser-Frazer, or a Hudson.

My present car is a 2007 Chrysler 300.  At least its grill is distinctive.

The Japanese used to get the Italians to design their cars.  They must be doing the design work themselves because they're beginning to look like boxes.

Now I can't afford to pay a fortune for a car, so I'm somewhat limited in my choices, but even if I could afford to pay $50,000 for a car, a lot of them look just like those $20,000 models.

I long for a car with a little style.  Something with fenders.  What we have today hardly qualifies as fenders; they're just blankets for the wheels.  As for grills, forget it.  You're just as likely to have a black hole for a grill as you are to have a little circle of chrome.   Cars are so plain today; I kinda miss the chrome which didn't make cars prettier but did make them distinctive.

I think what I really want is a throwback to the  early cars.  Something out of the 1930’s would be nice.

Now don't get me wrong, I like power steering and air conditioning and heating  and power seats and the fancy electronics and even the cup holders, but why do you have to wrap it in a crappy looking package.

I know what I'm longing for is not very aerodynamic, but I'll gladly sacrifice a little efficiency for a little style.  Let's face it: I'm a shallow, shallow man.

I guess what I really want is a car I can easily find in a parking lot.


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