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  • Dustin Rittle

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    I must admit that when it comes to car designers i was very ignorant about Albrecht Goertz. I think this article really shined a light on this man's career and about the cars he designed or had some influence on. I have always loved the BMW 507 but never looked into the designer until after this article.. Thanks again Petrolicious

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  • James Schollum

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    This is a great article, and I hope you continue them. I find car design fascinating, but it seems no car shows/websites/magazines actually bother to cover it. Articles will talk endlessly about a car's performance and technology (especially since the P1/918 have come along), yet next to nothing gets said about a car's design, despite it being the first thing that draws your attention when you see a car.

    On jalopnik recently there was a massive uproar about the carbon-fibre panel behind the window being bare carbon-fibre and not painted, with most people saying it annoyed them that it was a 'fake' panel - without ever considering how a painted panel would disrupt the entire design!

    So thanks Petrolicious, great to see someone's finally focusing on design! But if I could recommend something, it would be to analyse a single car in an article, going over every design feature, and the decisions behind it.

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  • Yoav Gilad

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    Hey James,

    Thanks for the positive comments! We actually have started a feature discussing cars' designs. Check out our last piece here: http://www.petrolicious.com/driven-by-design-lincoln-continental

    Enjoy!

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  • Jim Bair

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    Wouldn't it have been great to have been a fly on the wall during that initial NYC parking lot meeting between Mr. Goertz and Mr. Raymond Loewy?

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  • Guest (Thomas)

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    I think it needs to be made crystal clear: Goertz had absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with the Toyota 2000GT. His influence on the 240Z is debatable at best, and I think Nissan's letter makes that much clear, in as polite a way as possible.

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  • Guest (José)

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    This history is misterious and maybe it should stay like that. Anyhow, saying that "Goertz had nothing to do with the 2000GT" is bold, so say the least, with the info available. Looking into Goertz's position as external consultant, the cultural tendence in Japan to show work as a "team effort" and not an individual achievement; and most of all, the fact that Goertz's was working on a 2.0L car to be produced with Yamaha (Toyota 2000GT, anyone?) and some style cues and similarities between the 2 cars (Fairlady Z and 2000GT), as also sketches widely available, will demand prudence - he was not the sylist, but the influence seems to be there. As a side note, he is also quoted to had have important inflence on the Porsche 901 aka 911.

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