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This is a great example of form totally ruling over function. Detroit was in love with design for design's sake that just happened to ride on 4 wheels. At least these cars are fun to look at. Once the creative design energy died, there was nothing left but ugly crappy cars and the door was wide open for competition to deliver functional vehicles that were cheaper and more efficient while being less ugly. Detroit has never recovered, although Ford is showing signs of life now that the family is out of the executive suite.
Speaking of function, how the heck do you easily access the trunk with that malignant growth protruding from the ass end? This is where design began to break down and not does it not add any functional value but actually interferes with function.
My Dad had one of these when I was a kid .... did not have the "extended" bumper package. Neat feature was the back window. It was electric and could be lowered - between those two chrome bars. Great for us kids in the backseat to toss small items out at the cars behind us ...we were of course, not restrained by car seats.
'39 Lincoln. From Ask.com: "The development of the enclosed trunk on automobiles meant the spare tire could be placed out of sight, but this arrangement used up valuable space for carrying luggage. Edsel Ford had a special car built after returning from a trip to Europe that would have a "continental look" – including a spare tire mounted on the trunk. The 1939 Lincoln Continental's short trunk with its external rear spare tire mount became a distinctive design. While this was not the first car to either carry its spare above the rear bumper or integrated into the rear bodywork, it was the first to do it so elegantly and thus this feature became known as a "Continental tire" even if the design was found on other brands."