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  • Jarod A

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    '60s, definitely '60s.

  • Eddie Relvas

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    As a peak for styling and engineering likewise, you can't beat the 60's, obviously. Everything started going south from there onwards.

    But I still can't quite set aside the pre- and post-depression years, the 20's and early 30's turned out some amazing machinery, and lateral thinking was still quite common then, so it's my second favourite.

    I quite like the jet-age styling, but the solutions underneath all that jet-propelled fantasy were mostly still pretty pedestrian, so it's a firm third.

  • Leucea Alexandru

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    Regardless of the year, the best period for buying a new car is most certainly when you are a teenager and you can fully enjoy it. Because you don't care about space, emissions, practicality, comfort, tickets, or getting old. Or the midlife crisis, when you don't really care what other people think about you being 40 and buying a Lamborghini. There's something magic about the 80's though..

  • Hudson Valley Chronic

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    The mid '50s to the mid '60s. Cars were beautiful, fast and dangerous. Like the one in this song by Biff Thuringer:
    http://biffthuringer.bandcamp.com/track/automobile

  • Terrence Dorsey

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    The '60s were a good time for cars, but I'll take the contrarian view and say the '80s were even better. Carmakers had mostly figured out the emissions problem, fuel injection and engine control systems. They were building new designs with lighter, well-engineered engines, with much better economy considering the power on tap. Turbo applications were getting sorted out and coming into mainstream use. Corrosion-resistant chassis!

    The classic 911 is still available and getting better all the time, not to mention the fantastic new 944 and 928. BMW e28, e30 and the first M cars. DTM and Group B homologation specials from Mercedes, Audi, Lancia and others. You can still get some nice Alfas in the US, including the "graduate" roadster. Mustang 5.0 GT (and that cool SVO turbo). C4 Corvette. Toyota Supra. Nissan Z turbos. RX7. VW Scirocco and GTI. Not to mention piles of cheap, RWD Japanese econoboxen that ended up having serious sporting potential under the surface.

    I happen to think many of the cars from that period are great looking (maybe it's a generational thing), but they're also pretty lightweight compared to today. I think current cars have incredibly advanced, powerful, efficient engines... in drab, overweight chassis. Not interested.

  • Lamond Jack

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    THE 1980's was the MOST EXCITING PERIOD for buying cars!!!!! No other period in HISTORY gave such a diversified offering of brilliant and fun machines that looked good and ran well. Think about it guys!!!!. Porsche 911, 924, 928, 930, 944, - Ferrari 308, 328, Mondial, Testarossa, 288 GTO, F40, 365 Boxer, 400, 412 - Lamborghini Countach, Jalpa, LM002 SUV - BMW M3, M5, M6, 7 series, ALPINA, AC ACHNITZER, M1, Z1 - Mercedes SEC, SEL, SL, E, CE, 190, G class - Volkswagon Golf GTi, Rabbit, Jetta, Scirocco, Corrado, Passat, Polo, Fox and so on and so on and so on (I'm running out of breath here so I'll stop!)

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