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How 60s Cars Looked Longer Than They Actually Were

As American cars continued to grow longer, wider, and lower towards the 60's, most of them started to trunks that were as long as their hoods.

I decided to use a 1964 Ford Galaxie to represent the 60's full-size sedan, and the last gen Grand Marquis-Crown Vic to represent the modern (last) BoF full-size sedans.

I overlaid the photo of a '64 Galaxie over a similar-sized mid-2000s Grand Marquis (Crown Vic twin)...

...it was all about proportions, even with the Galaxie's really long trunk, they were still actually shorter overall than the Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria. (209.8in vs 211.1-212in)
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Re: How 60s Cars Looked Longer Than They Actually Were

I'd like to see an overlay of a 1930s Lincoln K Series, and a modern SUV!
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I'd like to see an overlay of a 1930s Lincoln K Series, and a modern SUV!
Interesting comparison.

In the meantime, I also made one comparing a 1946 Ford Station Wagon and a current Ford Explorer since they have similar lengths and heights.


It's funny that after making cars low, demand has shifted to taller crossover SUVs which are about as tall as cars back in the 30s and 40s.
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Really nice comparations. The SUV crazy is a return to the tall vehicles from 80 years ago
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Re: How 60s Cars Looked Longer Than They Actually Were

Here's a fun one, a 1967 Mustang GT Fastback and 2015 Mustang GT Fastback...

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Beautiful work, AM222! s
that Woodie-vs-Cuv really amazes me ... woulda thunk the Explop significantly bigger
&
'fuel' for my pet peeve ... Fomoco's 'pedestal' wheelbases
consistently:
Galaxie/CV-MGM .... +~3" length BUT –4.3" wheelbase = 7.3" more overhang
Woodie/Explorer .... +2.1" length BUT –1.4" wheelbase = 3.5" more overhang
Mustang/Mustang ... +4.7" length BUT –.9" wheelbase = 5.6" more overhang
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Beautiful work, AM222! s
that Woodie-vs-Cuv really amazes me ... woulda thunk the Explop significantly bigger
Thanks.
True, aside from having a much wider body, the Explorer does dedicate more of its overall length to passenger/cargo space.

When it comes to modern cars.... I wish Ford would lower their beltlines a bit.


Some say modern cars having high beltlines has something to do with safety, but sedans like BMW's current 3-series for example prove that safe modern cars can still have low beltlines and big windows.
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If you love the look of a retro cars then it could be more appealing compared to the vehicles as of today. But, in the 1960s, there was not a way to test the safety unlike at present. My choice is a 1964 Ford Mustang or the 1964 Mustang Convertible. See it for yourself below:

Reference: http://fiftiesweb.com/cars/60-ford
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Here's a new one.

I chose to compare a 2015 Ford Fiesta sedan (Asian version with shorter bumpers) and a British Ford Cortina Mk2 since they have similar lengths and wheelbases.



Note: The Cortina was replaced by the Sierra in the 80's, which was replaced by the Mondeo in the 90s.
It's interesting that the European side of the current mid-size Fusion-Mondeo can be traced back to a Fiesta sedan-sized car.
The Mk1 and Mk2 Cortina was offered in the US, while Canada had the Mk1, Mk2, and Mk3 Cortina.
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