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  1. jm2

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    You & me both.
    The high belt line on the Camaro drives me crazy. Feels like you're slouched in a bathtub peering over the edge.
     
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    Maybe the intent is to position the "driver" like this. Saves weight on seat cushions. :D
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    Or 'look' like a NASCAR driver :eek:
     
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    This design must have nearly 100% blindspot from drivers window 180º to pax window.....we must be close to the level of diminishing returns for this concept....(ya rearview cams etc)
    and BTW: is this design direction related to safety issues (obvious unintended consequence point), or packaging, or 'just' styling.......?
     
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    Gangsters who don't want to be seen by police while trying to make a gateway. ;)

    Most Camaros around here have tints so dark that at night the glass looks like the black plastic they use on display concepts. I really think the high sides appeal to people who don't want be seen.

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  6. jm2

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    There is also the safety feeling factor in that some customers feel safer in a cocoon like environment with a higher belt, rather than being exposed with a lower belt line.
    I've read studies and have had customers articulate this phenomenon. The urban environment makes some feel exposed in their cars. High belt lines help negate this uneasy feeling.
    But it's also a current styling trend :eek:
     
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    You realise Subaru make the Outback for agoraphobes and the Forester for claustrophobes, right?
     
  8. jm2

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    I didn't...........but I do now!
     
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    Interesting observation. Hadnt occurred to me.
     
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    Speaking of students, I recall the old Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild contests and even participated once. It would be interesting to see a sampling of design thinking from the public at various intervals of time by aspiring young designers. Here is one photo from Hemmings supposedly covering the 1965 entries:
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    I gave a speech to the Craftsmen's Guild members in 2005 at their annual reunion. Most of the participants still have their original entries. That competition ended in 1968. Many of the winners went on to become professional car designers. A number wound up at GM Design. I never entered.
     
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    I remember FBCG coming to our High School (Highland in Albuquerque) in '61, maybe '62, to drum up entrants. That was an assembly for boys only... girls had to stay in study hall.
    Several entered... no winners.

    Am I mis-remembering that originally it was a contest to build a replica of the 'Fisher' carriage? They had a model of one on hand.
     
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    Yes, that’s correct. It began in the ‘30’s, and the contest was to build an exact replica of the Fisher Body Coach. After the war, Harley Earl morphed it into a
    ‘Styling/design competition’. Some very cool cars came out of that competition. A number of my bosses were prior winners. I don’t believe today’s youth would be interested.
     
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    That certainly is 'imposing!'
     
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    Looks less of a Vanden Plas 1500 imo
     

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    I really dig it
     
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