There's a story behind that Cobra, it seems. The chassis number is HEM-6, and although it's classed as a true Cobra, it was built on a Thames Ditton chassis by an engineering company associated with it's first racing team. At the time, though, it looked more or less normal, although it had the rear arch vents. It's been modified over the years, and now belongs to the Bryant family, raced by Oliver Bryant.
These days, a "platform" is even more flexible. If you look at what VW, JLR and Aston Martin are doing (and to a certain extent, McLaren), their "platforms" underpin a wide rage of cars. None more so than VWs "MQB" which runs the gamut in size from Polo to Passat, and in style from Audi TT to VW Touran. Add in the MLB, which covers everything from the A4 to the Bentayga, and just two platforms cover nearly every car across VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda... bestest, M.
I think it's pretty much in the eye of he beholder... For example, I certainly wouldn't regard that limited number of years as the "pinnacle", at all. I suspect what you're talking about is a particular style of American car, maybe... But for me, there are beautiful cars in the 30s, from the Jaguar SS100 to the Saoutchik and Figoni & Falaschi Art Deco masterpieces and the Bugatti Atlantique. There ARE plenty of beautiful cars from the 40s to mid-Sixties, including the XK120, 250SWB Califonia, Aston Martin DB4 Zagato, E-Type and Alfa 33 Stradale. Equally, I'd make a case that the Lambo Miura is the most beautiful car ever built, and that's the late 60s. Then you get the Countach and Esprit, epitomising the "Origami" style -- whether you personally like it or not, they have style, personality, creativity and flair. Coming up to more or less the present day, the Alfa 8C is achingly beautiful, the Huayra is a technological marvel that's also a steampunk symphony of style inside, and the BMW i8 is bleeding edge... Average daily drivers are more influenced by aerodynamics and safety than they are by "art", but I think there's still plenty of extremely expressive auto design going on. And I don't think for the vast majority of the people on the roads tha cars have EVER been more than a way of getting from A to B. Between the late 40s and the mid-60s, the auto marketing guys were selling you the DREAM that a car was a statement, and Exner and his ilk were piling on chrome and fins as part of the con that made you want to buy a new car every two years, but for most people across most of the world it WAS just a dream. There have always been humdrum, dull workaday cars and ground-breaking style statements that cross the border into art, and I reckon there always will be... bestest, M.
He certainly does. Worth checking out the Stevie Wonder+Prince+Sheila E "Superstition" at Paris Bercy video that pops up in the related vids as well. Totally different playing style, but equally world-class. There's nothing that guy couldn't make a guitar do... I shall be getting out my "Sign O The Times" movie Blu-ray tonight -- one of the best concert movies ever filmed... bestest, M.
Oh, yes... the west country (Somerset, Devon and Cornwall) has a very distinctive accent, for example. An interesting academic study of it here (don't let the "Comedy Gala" put you off...it's very enlightening): ;-P M