Posts tagged ‘car dna’

BMW New Series (1962 – 1976)

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This time you’re getting no hints since this makes the Land Rover one look complicated… :)

Jeep CJ-2A (1945-1949)

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Next up, lets take a look at 60 years of Alfa Romeos. We’re looking at the inverted tear drop shape of the grille and the position of the headlights…

Alfa Romeo 1900 (1950–1959)

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As a kid I always loved the faces that Peugeot gave their cars, with the eyes that changed mood depending on how you saw them. Sometimes they were friendly, sometimes malevolent, and sometimes sleepy. No doubt entertaining small English boys wasn’t top of the list of must-haves that the designers considered, but it has led to an interesting family face to observe…

Peugeot 204 (1965-1976)

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When my brother first suggested Land Rover for this, I thought it was a bit of a cheat – after all, the thing hasn’t changed in 60 years. But then… isn’t that the point…?

The first version of the Land Rover was designed to replace an ageing Jeep that Rover’s chief designer Maurice Wilks used on his farm in Wales. It was a utilitarian affair designed to use parts that were already lying around the Rover factory. The doors could be removed or halved in height, the roof could come off and the windscreen could be collapsed down…

Land Rover Series I (1948-1958)

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Lets get the off on the right foot, shall we? You can’t buy a new Porsche 911. No, you can’t. The car currently sold as the ’911′ is actually the Porsche 997. This is a round-up of the 911 family tree for my Family Face series…

911 Classic (1964–1975)

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Another interesting progression is the step from one version of the same range to the next. The VW Golf shows an almost natural evolution in its appearance. Darwin would be proud…

The Mark 1 Golf is one of those truly iconic cars for people my age. The GTI was on the scene just as I was starting to realise that it wasn’t just the supercars that were worth drooling over.

[ All images taken from the Wikipedia VW Golf article ]

Mark I (1974-1984)

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Jul 2009
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Family face – Volvo

My grandfather was famous for his inability to identify shapes – he was banned from holding a gun during the war because he couldn’t tell the difference between our planes and the German ones. He was delighted by my (incredibly geeky) ability to identify the manufacturer of oncoming cars by the shapes of their grill.

It’s interesting (no, really) to compare the front of certain marques over time…

First up, is 40 years of Volvo…

Volvo 140 series (1966–1974)

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