Best looking iteration of long-running car models

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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by GG. » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:46 pm

McSwede wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:41 pm
With regards to Jobbo mentioning the E46, I'd say the M versions look bloody awesome. The normal versions look a bit weedy and shit.
This is a problem with the whole exercise - the hot models don't always follow the same ranking. I guess you've got to base your judgment on which base car looks the best (in which case I agree with you, it definitely wouldn't be the e46 for me).
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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Swervin_Mervin » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:47 pm

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JLv3.0 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:05 pm
E34 is my answer to the thread title.
Such an obvious one I should have said it in the first post. Best looking BMW ever.
Hmm, not sure about that. E28 and E38 are better looking for me. E38 best 7-series (JL utterly wrong on this one) and E28 best 5 for me. 3-series it would be the E46 coupe and saloon, but I think the E46 Touring<E91 Touring as I think it looks too tall and skinny.

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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Rich B » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:51 pm

ZedLeg wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:46 pm
Ah that's a different story though, there's a few M cars that have vastly improved an underwhelming standard car. E36 & E90 M3 spring to mind as well as the E39 M5.

Estate versions have improved a few as well.
E36 328i sport was a decent car - and the E36 M didn’t look any different.

I hate that most cars seem to have skinny rear arches in particular. Merc coupes and 2 series BMWs look particularly lame in cooking versions.

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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by ZedLeg » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:57 pm

Aye, one of the things I hate in general about modern cars is that loads have a lot of flat featureless metal around the c pillar and rear arches. Make's them look flabby. A flared arch or even just an interesting swage line can really tighten it up.
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Post by Nathan » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:57 pm

X300 facelift XJR
D2 A8 facelift with xenons
pre facelift SE spec E46 coupe with amber lenses
late R129
Early R8 V8
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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Nathan » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:58 pm

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Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:47 am
As for the C-class, the W204 (pre-facelift for me) is definitive; the current one might sell really well but the W204 was so right in my eyes that I doubt Merc will ever better it.
Lovely cars. I really think they are a modern day W124

Interesting development program too

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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Jimmy Choo » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:01 pm

JLv3.0 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:05 pm
This is up for sale locally, 20k or so:

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Had to talk myself down from that one. E34 is my answer to the thread title.
I'd say E39 Sport and E46 sport saloon
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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Jimmy Choo » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:05 pm

Jobbo wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:07 pm
JLv3.0 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:05 pm
E34 is my answer to the thread title.
Such an obvious one I should have said it in the first post. Best looking BMW ever.
How can you say that when the E31 exists? :? :? :?
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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Jobbo » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:10 pm

Jimmy Choo wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:05 pm
Jobbo wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:07 pm
JLv3.0 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:05 pm
E34 is my answer to the thread title.
Such an obvious one I should have said it in the first post. Best looking BMW ever.
How can you say that when the E31 exists? :? :? :?
The E31 was less attractive than the Vauxhall Calibra. Never understood the love for that fat toad of a car.

Nath, do you have a history of the W204 which you can share?

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Post by JLv3.0 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:15 pm

Of course not as that would ruin the mystery.

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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Nathan » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:26 pm

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Nath, do you have a history of the W204 which you can share?
I say that because of bits and pieces I have read over the years. I think it was a first in using CAD simulation for prototype testing before actually making a prototype.

Interesting to me it had passive rear steer

This has some of it

https://www.speedheads.de/auto-specials ... 09393.html

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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Nathan » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:31 pm

JLv3.0 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:15 pm
Of course not as that would ruin the mystery.
'In the summer of 2003, the development of the W204 C-Class involved the use of a "digital prototype", which put a 2.1 terabyte digital replica of the car through a 15 million mile road course. This is an industry first which allowed for crash testing and more, before a physical prototype was constructed. The design of W204 was selected in 2003 and German design patents were first filed on 9 September 2004, showcasing a W204 fiberglass design model'

Not my words, but those the the W204 Wikipedia article.

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Post by mik » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:40 pm

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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by NotoriousREV » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:10 pm

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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Jimmy Choo » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:15 pm

Jobbo wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:10 pm

The E31 was less attractive than the Vauxhall Calibra. Never understood the love for that fat toad of a car.
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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Mito Man » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:23 pm

Jimmy Choo wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:15 pm
Jobbo wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:10 pm

The E31 was less attractive than the Vauxhall Calibra. Never understood the love for that fat toad of a car.
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I generally don’t love anything which is from before my time so I’ll also go for this or the Z8 but as the Z8 was a one off I will have to go for the 8 series. At Goodwood they had the 550 bhp M8 prototype with carbon fibre wheels which blew my mind that it was so advanced for its time.
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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by JonathanE » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:47 pm

Rich B wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:45 pm
All of these are improved with wide arches.
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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by Sundayjumper » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:51 pm

JLv3.0 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:05 pm
This is up for sale locally, 20k or so:
Nice. Get it bought.

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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by integrale_evo » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:51 pm

Im pretty sure they were just carbon fibre front covers for the same 17in forged alloy wheels you could get on a normal 8 series...
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Re: Best looking iteration of long-running car models

Post by GG. » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:53 pm

JonathanE wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:47 pm
Rich B wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:45 pm
All of these are improved with wide arches.
Stunning 8-)

Unfortunately though the Countach is another where original is best in my opinion. LP400 is perfection for me.
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