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  1. Seconded. All time great forum topic title.
  2. Bryn Mawr, PA, March 17th — nice issue!
  3. Thank you for the update @Ray_Knott — updating the thread title.
  4. I don't want to misrepresent—that 1977 Riviera is not mine (the Corvette between the two Rivieras is the one attached to me). These photos were taken at the 2019 ROA meet in Gettysburg. Two more:
  5. I already have a GM convertible. It isn't a Riviera, but it does occasionally hang with Rivieras …
  6. I know that the leather bucket seat proviso is almost certainly my least picky requirement. Of all the folks on this forum, I believe only you and @Rivman have examples of the other two upholstery choices.
  7. Thank you @keiser31 as you might guess, this is not the center of what little expertise I have. I forgot about the later ones with the more serious grille.
  8. A non car-person sent me this picture. I've figured out that the grille badge is for the Royal Automobile Club, but the car itself is giving me fits. Thoughts?
  9. How's this restoration going—or am I asking too soon?
  10. The barrier to entry may be (much) lower after several years, but the maintenance costs don't change.
  11. Agreed. I'm just proving that even the thread originator can take it off track …
  12. Since everything old is new again, I'm now wondering if Chrysler or others did actual wind tunnel work with the Airflow, et. al. I am stunningly non-expert with things pre-war automotive.
  13. I can think of little serious wind tunnel work designed to lower the cd (besides Citroen and NSU) for production cars between the 1950s and the late 1970s, but maybe I've missed some. Some examples that come easily to mind: the Mercedes-Benz W126 debuted in the 1979 model year, the Corvette's first serious usage was for 1980, the Audi 5000 and the Camaro/Firebird twins were 1982. After that, the deluge …
  14. Everything @JZRIV says is true. Based on experience with multiple different automotive organizations, one of the most impressive things about the ROA is how inexpensively Roy and others manage to deliver a great experience. 2021 Convention costs (no travel/hotel included) for us would likely be about $195—for another organization, costs for about the same services provided would be about $610 this year. That's a big difference—and I hope it means there's a little more wiggle room on the numbers needed.
  15. April Fools day and cars always makes me think of the advertisements BMW used to run in car magazines, like this one.
  16. But, even that is a question of timing—the equally restrained and gorgeous 1956-1957 Continental Mark iI seems to have had little influence on any other designs. Certainly the simplicity of design and the somewhat smaller size of the 1961 Lincoln Continental compared to previous Lincolns was a harbinger of the future. It's funny about tailfins—even Mercedes-Benz had them.
  17. That's a 1961, I believe—the final year for fins on the 300. I see the "letter cars" as comparatively restrained in 1955 and 1956, and than fairly ornate for the rest of that decade.
  18. It's interesting, because GM's refrigerators of the day (Frigidaire) were ahead of their cars in styling trends. For 1957, Frigidaire moved to the "Sheer Look," with "sleek, trim, elegant" styling. About twenty years later, Cadillac's Seville would inaugurate GM's automotive Sheer Look—with the same name.
  19. As many have said, there's so much knowledge here. I truly feel like I can ask any automotive question and get many coherent answers, like with today's 1950s to 1960s design changes question, or with the question about good Mercedes-Benz books a couple of months ago, or …
  20. Thank you for all the responses, folks. As is usual, I learned some things and got some unexpected viewpoints.
  21. The two organizations maintain (I think) cordial relations, but the decision-making is separate. @Ray_Knott is free to correct me.
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