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Love the look of that '57 Olds. My folks had a black and white '57 Buick Roadmaster with same back window treatment. Second cousin to that Olds in body style. Sure miss seeing some bright stainless side trim and actual front and rear bumpers on cars now days. All cookie cutter examples with no individual styling or pleasing lines. Yuck!
 

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IMHO, I think they've all tried to find the perfect aerodynamic design in order to improve gas mileage. Once you find the perfect shape, the only thing you can change are the headlights and taillights. 50s designs were out to dazzle the public. Today we have ho hum.
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IMHO, I think they've all tried to find the perfect aerodynamic design in order to improve gas mileage. Once you find the perfect shape, the only thing you can change are the headlights and taillights. 50s designs were out to dazzle the public. Today we have ho hum.
This. There are three areas auto manufacturers can improve efficiency in cars/trucks.
1. Aero / drag
2. Powerplant
3. Structural mass

That's why F-150's and other vehicles are now made out of aluminum. If its shaped like a brick, it better be lightweight.
 

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My Grandfather had a deposit on a 57 Chevy Belair Black with Red interior. As I remember the story as told to me, when the car came in the dealer jacked up the price as they were a hot commodity , well he marched right over to the Olds dealer and bought a 57 Olds Super 88 off the showroom floor. Beige with red interior, I remember my dad said it had some special engine in it. He drove it over to the Chevy dealer and showed it off to the salesman. OH well ! I kinda remember it was one sharp car and it would move.
 

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I think the designers have a contest going on that who can design the ugliest vehicle and still be in the top 5 for sales. The only other explanation is the auto manufacturers are only hiring designers that flunked out of school. :)
 

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My Grandfather had a deposit on a 57 Chevy Belair Black with Red interior. As I remember the story as told to me, when the car came in the dealer jacked up the price as they were a hot commodity , well he marched right over to the Olds dealer and bought a 57 Olds Super 88 off the showroom floor. Beige with red interior, I remember my dad said it had some special engine in it. He drove it over to the Chevy dealer and showed it off to the salesman. OH well ! I kinda remember it was one sharp car and it would move.
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DANG, a 57 Olds with a J2------------------------------------I bet not many people here even know what the J2 was.

Oh ya, does anyone know that GM built a 57 Olds 2dr post with Rochester fuel injection? YEP, Ken Kayser has pictures in his book, Vol 3.
 

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Olds Pontiac and Chevy all had F.I. in 1957.....GM sure had ya covered as far as the cool HP factor went .......triple deuces in Pontiac and Olds.....I think Buick and Caddy only had 2x4 set ups ???
 
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