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5 of the Most Influential Classic Car Designs

Walking through the 2014 car show might leave you with the feeling that you are looking into the past.  So many new models still take design inspiration from their classic car predecessors of previous generations.  We are highlighting 5 designs from the 50s & 60s that we feel are still influencing automobile design today.

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  1. 1967 Cadillac Eldorado: One of the greatest designs from Bill Mitchell and the Cadillac design team is still alive and well today.  The Cadillac Eldorado has those timeless lines that are reflected in the new Cadillacs of tomorrow.  The lines of the rear end of the 67 Eldorado are iconic and persist in the styling that Cadillac continues to reveal.

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  3. 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback:  Ford isn’t the only automaker that has been inspired by the original classic Mustang.  Even the high end auto European maker Aston Martin looked to the Mustang when they produced their V-8 Vantage.  One look at the 2015 Mustang and it is easy to see that the original fastback design lives on.

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  5. 1954 Jeep CJ-5: The American built CJ-5 may very well be the most replicated design of all time.  Companies like Toyota, Nissan, Suzuki and many others have designed 4 x 4 vehicles that closely resemble the iconic Jeep design.  Jeep themselves continue this basic look with their line of Wrangler Jeeps.  With decades of success, it makes sense to continue the look of the CJ-5

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  7. 1962 Jaguar E-Type:  European automaker Jaguar has also created a very sought after design with the Jaguar E-Type.  Toyota emulated the classic car’s design with the Datsun 240Z.  The long hood and short rear deck design has also influenced cars produced by Ferrari and of course newer models from Jaguar.  Enzo Ferrari himself once called the E-Type the most beautiful car in the world.

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  9. 1967 Toyota 2000 GT:  The success of the 2000 GT when it first hit the market was actually one of the largest failures in Toyota’s history.  Americans were not fond of Japanese cars at the time. When you consider the price tag was greater than the equivalent Corvette it is easy to understand why it did not go over very well in the states.  With all that said a 2000 GT in good condition will bring in more than 1 million dollars at auction.  With only 300 produced we are glad that Toyota decided to bring back the look of the 2000 GT in the all new FT-1

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