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Got this idea from Richard Bartrop's thread This is Dumb.

How many times have you seen something on a car and realized its fake?

I'm not talking bolt on stuff like wings and such. I'm talking styling from the factory.

Let's just start with Buick's "Venturi Ports" as iconic as they may be. They're fake.

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Kind if reminds of a gal I used to date. Some of her parts were "fake" but I learned to tolerate that:)

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These may have been functional at one time , but not here. That chicken's screamin' for a reason. IT CAN'T BREATH !

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The Titanic. That 4th Funnel was a fake. In it's day, more Funnels equaled 'faster ship'. Hence 4 funnels when everything else had three.

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This stuff is all just styling cues, and you have to admit, many of these cars that you pictured above wouldn't be the same without all of the "fake" stuff.

I would take a  '57 Buick with fake portholes all day long over some of the modern super cars and all of the ridiculous looking scoops, vents, fins, etc, covering them from stem to stern, whether functional or not.

 

 

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Fake louvers, jet intakes in the grille, but the Hood Scoop is functional. 

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19 minutes ago, Greg Myers said:

 bling vs iconic . . .

"Iconic" is just bling that people have gotten used to.  Go look up "The Insolent Chariots"  for a 1958 view of those '50s classics.

One piece of automotive fakery with a long history is the fake convertible, or "faux cabriolet" for the sophisticates.  The look of a convertible without all that troublesome...converting.

Some carmakers would go al the way with simulated cloth, blind rear quarters, and landau irons.   Pretty stylish, but also kind of dumb when you think about the massive blind spot you end up with in the rear.

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Like the "dual" exhaust, last February we rented a car (I think it was a Nissan) on a trip.  It had two outlets next to each other.  One day I noticed one was black on the inside and the other silver.  On closer inspection, there was one functional exhaust and another welded to it, just out of sight.  It was a funny, needless expense.  Especially for the owner that has to replace the muffler.

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Hey , look at me, I'm a Mercedes!  No, seriously, I am a sophisticated European import...

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Of course, Studebaker was partnered with Mercedes Benz at the time, so the connection is kinda sorta legit.

However, Ford's attempt to make the same kind of connection definitely counts as a particularly dumb piece of fakery.

 

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My current car vw beetle supposedly has a noise maker in the engine compartment.  Its supposed to make the engine sound louder than it is. 

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I can only image it's because fake wood has already been covered extensively in other4 threads.

One that doesn't get covered are the fake allen head bolts that decorated the interior of the thrid generation Camaro and Firebird

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22 hours ago, Greg Myers said:

I'll take a Bump on the hood and fake scoops on the side please 😃

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First time I've ever seen that hood.

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The hood vents on the 1963 Corvette should have been real, it might have cut down on the front end lift a bit.

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51 minutes ago, Classicgas said:

First time I've ever seen that hood.

I think that was called a "Power Bulge" hood, and I think it was the standard R/T, SuperBee hood. 

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2 hours ago, Richard Bartrop said:

I can only image it's because fake wood has already been covered extensively in other4 threads.

One that doesn't get covered are the fake allen head bolts that decorated the interior of the thrid generation Camaro and Firebird

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They weren't all fake.

When I had my '82 Firebird S/E I had to buy a torx screwdriver specifically for those screws. Pain in the  ,,,,

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