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    Probably the most beautiful american car ever made?


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    Beauty, as with many things, is just a personal opinion.

    I've been at an event this weekend with about 150 vintage American cars, I would take any of those before that one.

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    As Wagonman says beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The caddy does nothing for me I can think of better looking American cars.

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    very nice car, well executed. not my cuppa tea though.
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    Wow!..............how about that!! no-one is intoxicated by it except me..........I can trace my family back many generations n can state I'm as English as they come.............but there's obviously a whole heap of Yank in me somewhere........s'pose that's why I have a 35 slantback n not an Austin 7!

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    I mostly get it, a little bulbous in places, but is it beautiful in a European kind of way, like some exotic Lagonda or Delage?

    This got me thinking as to beautiful pre-WW2 American cars - Cord 812 Sportsman, Auburn Speedster, Duesenberg SJ..........maybe all a little OTT. For simple, balanced lines, it would be difficult to beat a '34 Ford 3 Window coupe, if the factory had done a roof chop...........

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    Yes, as you say, a Deusenberg, Auburn, Cord etc etc.

    I know everyone loves 34's.................but they are very common (but never seen apart from hotrod meets), for me, a 37 slantback with a mild chop is the way forwards

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    While I like Rick Dore's work, I don't think I could ever credit him with the best-looking American car, ever. For one thing, the mesh grille is definitely a misguided touch. Also, while Shangri-La clearly imitates the European style exemplified by a Figoni et Falaschi-bodied Delahaye, it doesn't really come close to something like that.

    While I'd be hard-pushed to name a definite winner, I'd echo the mentions of Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg products and also suggest the 1940 Lincoln Continental and the Tucker. As far as customs go, the decision doesn't get any easier, but we probably have to look to very traditional builds. The Hirohata Merc will be a contender, but I find I prefer the Matranga Merc.
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    I've liked Rick Dores work over the years but (for me) he's lost his way of late.

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