QOTD: The Best Car, the Best Year?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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Today’s QOTD is a bit of fun … if you’re willing to tell the truth about your age, that is.

The question is simple: what’s the best-looking car from the year you were born?

I’m a relatively young pup, although a quick survey of the TTAC masthead reveals I am squarely in the older half of our group. As the calendar year 1980 marks the beginning of my trips around the sun, I’ll focus my efforts there.

The BMW 6 Series was then, as now, one of the greatest-looking coupes money could buy. Shark-nosed and sleek, this quad-eyed bullet was a scalpel for the road. This measure was not a stretch given 1980 was certainly in the depths of what is now known as the Malaise Era, but the straight-six produced near-as-makes-no-difference 200 horsepower and was hooked to a Getrag manual. The mighty M6 wouldn’t appear for another couple of years.

Your author has always been partial to big coupes, laying down his own money on a 1989 Lincoln Mark VII fifteen years ago. That car was a cherished part of the fleet for six wonderful years. I think I’d enjoy a 633CSi as well.

How about you? What car catches your eye from the year you were born?

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  • Igloo Igloo on May 22, 2018

    1962 Lincoln Town Car, sans roof.

  • THX1136 THX1136 on May 23, 2018

    1952 Lazzarino Roadster. Could not recall any from that year. Did an image search. This was the first one that truly appealed to me.

  • 71charger_fan 71charger_fan on May 31, 2018

    American: 1958 Desoto Adventurer Convertible Import: Ferrari 250GT

  • WildcatMatt WildcatMatt on Jun 06, 2018

    As has been mentioned, 1976 was an awful year for cars. I can only come up with three finalists: Pontiac Trans Am Jaguar E-Type Datsun 260Z I think I will settle on the Datsun.