Monday Musings

The world is not binary, but it seems that the public debate on virtually every topic assumes that it is. That’s the “if you’re not with me you’re against me” mentality. Sorry, but the world is not that simple; the world is not binary.

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OK, what do the three cars have in common? The car at the top is a Studebaker Avanti, the one in the middle is a Buick Riviera and the one on the bottom is a Chevrolet Corvette (duh!). All three of these were introduced for the 1963 model year. Well, the Corvette, of course, was introduced in 1953, but the legendary C2 was introduced in 1963.

That seems like an embarrassment of riches that three such ground breaking and iconic vehicles were introduced in the same model year. Sergio Pininfarina said that the Riviera was “one of the most beautiful American cars ever built; it has marked a very impressive return to simplicity of American car design.” What do the bottom two cars have in common? They were both designed under the auspices of Bill Mitchell, who was in charge of GM styling. Mitchell supposedly said that of all of the cars he designed or of which he supervised the design, the one of which he was most proud was the 1963 Riviera.

American companies have always been capable of great things, but just because they are American doesn’t mean their products are automatically great. The world is not that simple; the world is not binary.

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