DESIGN DIS­AS­TERS

Motor (Australia) - - FRONT END | LETTERS -

These days, cars have lost their beauty. I look back at cars from the ’60s and ’70s, and just end up won­der­ing where we went wrong.

My prime ex­am­ple is with Fer­rari. Specif­i­cally, the 250 GT Cal­i­for­nia, which I con­sider to be the most beau­ti­ful car of all time. I then see the F8 Trib­uto and re­alise that cars these days aren’t de­signed with pas­sion. An­other ab­so­lutely stun­ning art­work from that era is the As­ton Martin DB5.

Now, I un­der­stand cars to­day have to be de­signed with aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency in mind, And I’m not say­ing that I don’t like As­ton Martin and Fer­rari’s new de­signs, but they lack the char­ac­ter and pres­ence that these cars are so rich in.

Sam Sporry, via email Safety re­quire­ments have had a ho­mogenis­ing ef­fect on car design, too. Who knows, an F8 Trib­uto might achingly beau­ti­ful in 50 years?

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