I may also be just getting old or have an affinity for old things, but I also tend to agree that most modern cars are overdesigned. Case in point, just look at a new porsche 911 vs. a 1960’s/70’s one. The new ones are nice, but seem bloated, with too much generous radius on everything. the interior is even more disappointing, and seems as though its been done by a completely different design team (likely it was). I realize things like safety bumpers etc. are partly responsible, and I can’t pinpoint what the difference really is at the heart of it, but feel as though the lines on anything post early 70’s are just too fat, ill-resolved, and lack the purity of the earlier forms.
the new 370z does look a bit better i gotta say in that side view pic posted by choto. somewhat closer to the original proportions which i like.
in terms of new cars (coupes specifically), i also think the solstice/aura is pretty nice. i also love the 3 series BMW coupe, 1 series, and would put the a5 coupe on my list. Aston’s also are fantastic, the Maser Gran Turismo, (not a fan of the quattroporte), and the new TT is also pretty nice… wouldn’t give away an R8 either :0
any of the new US cars (challenger, camero, etc.) don’t do anything for me.
still, for the same/less $$ i’d go with a vintage car anyday. 250SL MB, 60’s 911/912, E-type, 3.0CS BMW, karmann Ghia, 240Z, etc…
I always do wonder why car companies don’t do the same as footwear companies and do re-releases of previous models. updated for safety, modern conveniences, etc. but as close as possible to the original. would bring down the value of the originals, and there are kit cars of the like, but I would have no doubt a retro version of an e-type would would out sell anything in the current jag lineup if even 90% as close to the original styling. would be a great thing for brand heritage and value as well, i would think.