Thursday, March 19, 2009
While I'm focusing on the 70's and 80's, which I consider the "Helvetica and Abstract-A" glory days of American Motors, I can't resist this! Before the name Cavalier became a disappointing replacement for GM's Monza, it was applied to a styling exercise on symmetry at AMC.
All about it's interchangeable parts, the Cavalier's front right fender could be exchanged for it's rear left , and front left for rear right. The hood and deck - interchangable, while the suicide hinged doors and door glass were symmetrical too. A flying buttress C pillar gave the Cavalier a more conventional long hood / short deck profile, despite the strict symmetry.
I love the door handles in the side view - and cant help but wonder what modernist building this was photographed at - maybe something at an AMC facility. The styling of this car totaly works when contrasted with the other similarly sized offerings out there at the time - Corvair and Falcon. There's something so absolutely familiar and 'Corvair' about the proportions.
Richard Teague would go on to style the similar production Hornet, as well as Pacer and Gremlin.