Book: Car is Architecture - FLW's cars & motorcycle

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Current day cars have become too chunky for my eye...even the "sleek" ones. Compare the new Jaguar F-type coupe with its 1960's ancestor:

2017 Jaguar F-type Coupe:

http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content ... 26x382.jpg

1962 Jaguar E-type Coupe:

http://cdn3.3dtuning.com/info/Jaguar%20 ... tory/3.jpg

...or Maserati:

2017 Maserati Coupe:

https://pictures.dealer.com/m/maseratio ... 358433.jpg

1967 Maserati Mistral Coupe:

http://13252-presscdn-0-94.pagely.netdn ... -front.jpg

even Lamborghini:

2017 Lamborghini Huracan:

https://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/lamb ... 5_1280.jpg

1969 Lamborghini Miura:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.hagerty ... e_4262.jpg

My Luddite-ism is showing I think....

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Post by SDR »

Nice comparisons. The E-Jag (and its immediate racing forebears) made up in spades for all previous British attempts at auto styling . . .



https://www.designboom.com/technology/m ... 8-10-2017/

Speaking of voluptuous auto bodies, here's proof that curved forms can be wrought (or wrestled) from orthogonal materials -- with something inevitably lost in the translation ? One thinks of Aretha approximating Puccini . . .

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A matter of pixilation. I suppose the larger object, the better the blocks will render the curve. Imagine a full size airliner or Zeppelin in LEGO.

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Indeed. Neil DeGrasse Tyson writes that, if a Solar-system giant ran his finger over the (drained) surface of our globe, it would feel as smooth to him as a billiard ball. I find that a bit hard to believe -- but his point was that the 12-mile difference between the highest mountain and the deepest ocean chasm would barely register against the 7900-mile diameter of the globe . . .

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I believe it was Bucky who stated that if you took a basketball and blew hot air on it, the condensation would be deeper than the oceans.

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And, more relevant than ever, the thickness of our life-supporting atmosphere is .5% of the diameter of the globe.


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DRN wrote:Current day cars have become too chunky for my eye...even the "sleek" ones. Compare the new Jaguar F-type coupe with its 1960's ancestor:
Didn't know the F-type, but in 1963, when Bob Marx and I were at Fort Benning, training as Huey Helicopter Guided Missile Gunners, we drove to and from the shooting range at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in his red '62 Jaguar XKE. It was his little Marx "toy".

http://classicshowcase.com/gallery/J62-361/
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A friend my age has never forgotten that the price of the new E-type was advertised (in this country) at $5555 . . .

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Heh. Playing it safe, the seller doesn't tell us which magazine this article appeared in. Anyone ?

A remarkably complete little piece. I didn't know that Joel Silver owned both Wright Continentals. Does he still ?

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SDR wrote:Heh. Playing it safe, the seller doesn't tell us which magazine this article appeared in. Anyone ?

A remarkably complete little piece. I didn't know that Joel Silver owned both Wright Continentals. Does he still ?

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I know he has at least one, as I saw a picture of it taken in the garage at Auldbrass recently. Can't say if both were there or not.
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FLLW in Automobile Quarterly

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While perusing an index of topics in the 50 year run of Automobile Quarterly...don't ask.... I came across two articles related to FLLW:
Volume 29 Number 3: "Trekking to Usonia" The Crosley Cars of FLLW, pp40-51
https://www.ebay.com/i/174223112909?chn ... gJtvPD_BwE

https://www.ebay.com/i/313172290398?chn ... gL-XvD_BwE

Volume 38 Number 3: FLLW and "Automobility", pp30-41
https://www.ebay.com/i/174320668124?chn ... gIGTvD_BwE

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Re: Book: Car is Architecture - FLW's cars & motorcycle

Post by SDR »

Well, we'll know, perhaps on Wednesday, what's contained in Volume 38 Number 3 of "Automobile Quarterly."

My two copies of the publication were acquired for an article on the Cord, with 16 full-page color photos of 810 and 812 examples (Volume 18, Number 2, 1980), and for---I don't know: maybe a profile and gallery of Figoni et Falaschi, coachbuilders (Volume 20, Number 1--20th Anniversary Edition) . . . or maybe "Heritage and Innovation at GM: Designing the '82 F-Cars" ?


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Re: Book: Car is Architecture - FLW's cars & motorcycle

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The one star review of the book The Car Is Architecture - A Visual History of Frank Lloyd Wright's 85 Cars and One Motorcycle
byRichie Herink is scathing

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