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Camaro Prototype Rear 3/4 View

Camaro Prototype Rear 3/4 View

Los Angeles Convention Center

Is GM taking this whole "retro" thing too far? Ford certainly has ... The company from Dearborn which brought us that modern re-make of their classic Thunderbirds of the 1950s is having this problem ... To be specific, the best-looking car in Ford's LA Auto Show display was a Mustang modeled after the 1977 car which Steve McQueen drove in "Bullitt". There's something fundamentally wrong with a car comnpany seeming to 'fall back' on retro when all else fails, or when you don't trust your own company's designers instincts. While retro can definitely be cool, when it becomes an overused 'gimmick' and loses its authenticity, then the car loses, too. And people can definitely sniff out a phony, even when it comes on four wheels with 400 horses up front.

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