A Trend Or A Fluke?

On five of the last six days this blog has had a robust number of views and visitors. In two of the last three, those numbers reached levels not seen since January. The one day that didn’t fit the trend was the day I published the Hall of Very Good Cars post about the Facel Vega.

In general, the Hall of Very Good Cars posts have not received a lot of views. I don’t know if it’s the title or the concept or whatever, but I think I have to end the series. I may slip some of those cars into posts and mention they would have been part of the series, but posts with that title are probably gone for good.

Am I overreacting to a small sample? Maybe. It is true, though, that after a long lull in new followers Disaffected Musings has had many new people follow the blog in the last 3-4 weeks. I don’t want to take my longtime readers for granted, and this blog will always have some automotive content, but perhaps these new followers are telling me something.

As always, I would like to read your thoughts on blog content. Thanks.


From Why Evolution Is True:

The Academic Freedom Alliance denounces required diversity statements for academic positions

While blog author Jerry Coyne favors some type of affirmative action, which I don’t, he opposes forcing people to make these “diversity statements.” Some critics have said that DEI actually stands for Deny Excellent Individuals (as opposed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). One of my most closely held ideas is First Earn, Then Receive.


This recent Autopolis post is about the Intermeccanica Indra, or in the words of the piece, “The German-Italian Corvette.” From Autopolis:



Intermeccanica is an Italian/American/Canadian automobile company with an interesting history. The American-built Apollo and Griffith GT cars had chassis designed by Intermeccanica. Here is a photo of the Apollo GT, which was built in the 1960s.


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From one of the most important early influences on my automotive obsession, Modern Classics: The Great Cars of the Postwar Era by Rich Taylor, is a relevant photo and caption:



The Italia GT was also an Intermeccanica product. Perhaps the only positive outcome from the inevitable, but ill-advised, move to electric vehicles is that styling might become bolder and more interesting. Cars like those shown above have basically vanished from the marketplace except for expensive exotics.

In this post, among other places, I lamented the numbing sameness of exterior design of modern cars. I showed four cars reviewed in an episode of Everyday Driver that looked almost identical even though they were all manufactured by different companies. I know many readers have also expressed dismay at the morphing of car design into seemingly the same shape. Once again, I think the trend towards SUVs and pickup trucks adds to the monotony of form.

I don’t care how my car looks to others, but I DO care how it looks to me. If a car is not appealing aesthetically, then I will not own it. Even the Cadillac ATS that we owned and the Buick Cascada I own now were chosen, at least in part, because of their appearance. If I sell/trade the Z06 you can be damn sure I will be wowed by the looks of its replacement.







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5 thoughts on “A Trend Or A Fluke?

  1. “move to electric vehicles is that styling might become bolder and more interesting.”

    It certainly couldn’t become more “me too” than some of the current styling. I will however say that styling HAS improved a bit in recent years. Less “jelly bean” and more angles and “creases” in the body. And some of the EVs are ugly in some views. The current Tesla, model Y?, has one of the ugliest butts on the market today to my eye.

    Even if EVs become more stylish and interesting, I really don’t see me owning one. I have an electric Cushman utility vehicle I use around the property or mainly at the dragstrip, but that’s it. Well, I still have the Hoveround I bought for my dad to use, and should probably have been using myself the last month, but that isn’t quite the same. As far as a “Barbie Jeep” for my next vehicle? Thanks, but no thanks.


    1. Thanks again, DDM. To me, some of the electric vehicles do have good styling. The question is: did moving to an electric platform free designers of constraints or are car companies using more interesting designs to entice some people to buy EVs?


      1. I’ll say yes to your question. LOL

        Actually probably a bit of both. Not having to work around some big hunks of metal; engine, trans, differential, will open up areas for different styling. But batteries and drive motors have to go somewhere so the problem moves to a different area.
        And as always, styling that appeals to one person, won’t to another. We have come a long way from the model T and that’s a good thing. Certainly be boring otherwise.


  2. I worked at a Toyota / Lexus dealership for 2 1/2 years and even after that time I couldn’t correctly identify all the Lexus models, maybe because the design did not get me interested and all those numbers and letters used as “names” got me confused. Now I work at a Nissan dealership and the situation isn’t much different, some of the SUVs look the same to me.
    Buying a new car nowadays can be as exciting as buying a new fridge, if you are on a budget.


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