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Bootifull backsides
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:38:46 PM »
Herr Bruetsch was well known for his wandering eye , where he rarely if ever went wrong was at the rear of his cars . I haven't pictures handy of Avolettes , Spatz etc. but this is the Pfeil , my car, and its lovely with all the right curves . As Bruetsches rarely reached the registering stage one can see the clean lines often ruined by number plates and lights . The lights here chosen by Bruetsch  are actually DKW Sonderklasse - one on ebay at nearly $200 at the moment they are very stylish .
Spatz ,Avolettes, V2's and Mopettas are equally lovely from behind - which others have it ? 
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Re: Bootifull backsides
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2015, 07:31:11 AM »
I agree that Brutsches do have good styling, and rear ends can really make a car. I think the Heinkel's back view is superb, especially the early smaller cowl models. TG 500 is another great. Late 1920s and early 1930s Morgan "beetle backs" are  very pretty. More recent ones include the Blackjack Avion's very stylish up-turned stern.
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Re: Bootifull backsides
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2015, 08:24:52 AM »
On the basis that nearly ever country requires a registration plate to be shown on the rear of the car. On the basis that said registration plate has to normally be of a legally quoted size, freely available information. I would say a styling ignoring the position and size for a rear registration plate is completely daft. Its an ego trip from the stylist ignoring the unpleasant facts of real life. Such pretty cars, while undoubtedly being pretty, often fail as cars because its a clear warning that priority of looks has been given over content. Ergo Egon's ego styled cars pfail to perform (nah ha), until they head off to another, who resolves issues and produces a good looking car that works. Less purity of line, perhaps, but greater integrity of engineering.

The Dart has got a rear number slot, but not a front one. Many cars suffered from this problem, unless you like dangly plates on bumpers or drop down brackets. It used to be that plates could be stuck on to the front of cars, often the bonnet. That is still a style failure in my book and I believe it was/is banned from a certain date forwards. My beloved Alfa Romeo Duetto suffers from a lack of obvious front bumper mount. That is the beauty boy of its era, to me - without going into specialist motor cars. Most bubbles have no front mount, but as quite a few can be classed motorcycles, they did not need one.

Conversely there are very good looking designs that make a feature out of the registration plate. They only problem here is sometimes the plate has to be to big, or legally mounted in a certain area to suit local conditions differing from the obvious location. Others have mingy little plates that do not adequately fill the area up. Strangely America seems to have this problem, though it does have the extra excitement of proclaiming home/State to take your mind off it.

I do not offer options on pretty cars of each type. Its a matter of personal taste, I merely point out the beauty, for an engineer, or engineering product, is not just in the look, but in the functionality of the product. But of course the functionality is governed by what you buy the machine for. If it is to look at, then pretty cars do not need to work anymore than a collection of the worst cars in the world.

Those cars mentioned, yep I can see it, save the Tiger. Esso and ergo, again - its word of the day -, I think the Tiger looks a bit of a mess from the back. Remove the racks, extra lights, wheel and gubbins and it is still uncomfortable. Like a Simca 1000 Rallye, its wheels are stuck out at all angles, as if its been trodden on. Truth be told it might have looked better with the body flared into the rear wings. This would have tidied up the lighting, the spare wheel problem and made room for air ducts to pull in cold air to both engine and induction, probably improving performance, but certainly making maintenance access a much simpler affair. This is probably all very heretical, but just as the Messerschmitt design works for the 3 wheeler, it doesn't for the 4 wheeler. The KR200 is the clear winning design of this concept, with the Inter not far behind, but let down by not having a round of radical redevelopment, as did the Schmitt. KR175 v Inter, now that is a very much closer fought battle.
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Re: Bootifull backsides
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2015, 08:53:43 AM »
Odd isn't it because I prefer the TG to the KR both front and rear
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Re: Bootifull backsides
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2015, 10:21:20 AM »
But the pretty one is the KR175, isn't it? So often the case. The first is pretty, the redevelopment is governed by practical issues, and styling becomes compromised as a result. BMC/BL Mini?, E type Jag, Bond Minicar series, Isetta series, etc.
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Re: Bootifull backsides
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2015, 10:55:45 AM »
Not always true Al, the original Morrie Thou, the DKW/NSU/AU 1000 /Sonderklasse, and the Austin Healey all strated looking frumpy and were hugely improved in later re-styling. The rear view of the AU/DKW/NSU 1000 was a beaut.
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2015, 11:00:09 AM »
I think Isetta's always look exceedingly strange from the back sans numberplate.

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Re: Bootifull backsides
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2015, 11:15:28 AM »
Pictures pictures pictures
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2015, 11:51:44 AM »
Not always true Al, the original Morrie Thou, the DKW/NSU/AU 1000 /Sonderklasse, and the Austin Healey all strated looking frumpy and were hugely improved in later re-styling. The rear view of the AU/DKW/NSU 1000 was a beaut.

'Man, your car is really frummmmpay!'

Ah, The dreaded Morris Minor, created by the alleged genius Alec Issigonis. Yep, it was a clunker, until late one night Leonard Lord had his guys put the band saw through it, and added the fluted width still seen on the bonnet today, while AI was not about (Alec Is 'e gone. Yes). But the low light Minor was better looking than the 1000, surely? The car really only become good when it was able to nick the A30 engine. The Peanut was always my favoured looking car of the two. It had better handling too.

Deeks, yes possibly the enlarged Sunderklasse, particularly the Coupe, before it went over to wrap round screens, was the pick of the bunch. But there were a few really nice early DHC/Saloons. But are any of those Deeks beauties? I can never make my mind up. The Saab of the same strain, on the other hand, is a very friendly little fellow.

Austin Healey, Indeed, some the Healey cars were a bit odd. The Tickford, Silverstone and so on, all interesting but not lighting up all the lights. The Frog was a darling, but the big Healey, Hmm. Its really two different cars as the 4 pot had a folding screen and was OK in its own way. No beauty. Then the 6 replaced it and metamorphosed into a very large lump of metal travelling very fast. I had one and its all rather hairy chested stuff, you could cook some spuds on the inner passenger foot-well on a long run, so it was not for the faint hearted that side either. Very classic lines, but a long way from its precursor. On dispensing with the AH it is hard to believe that BMC/BL really thought bunging that large lump of iron in an MGB was going to replace it! I struggle to see any improvement at all, indeed probably a step to the rearwards. Thank goodness they did not try and make a limo out of the Marina with it! Incidentally have you ever seen the Rover Marauder? Some similarity to the beginnings?
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Re: Bootifull backsides
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2015, 12:55:28 PM »
Micro backside pics please ? It's a micro topic not off topic  :)
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2015, 01:54:59 PM »
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2015, 02:10:32 PM »
That's better ! Quite seriously it's very hard to find pictures of some cars from the rear at all , almost all publicity photos are frontals. One of our favourites the Broussard is it ? Goes all wrong at the rear it appears ? Still think the Tiger more stylish than the KR but there are definetly stylish curves on the KR .
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2015, 03:04:05 PM »
wot' no one towing , wot's a behind without a knob sticking out  :o  8)

(and the frame along side the tow bar carries the picnic hamper  ;) )
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2015, 03:21:59 PM »
Hmmm much as I really love em  , and I do , that's not the curvy rather more exotic European behind that I was imagining . That is definetly a more sensible , broad and robust, British behind !
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2015, 03:33:51 PM »
now Richard you don't get a more beautiful behind than a Lancashire lass   :)