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When did cars lose their sense of manliness?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steven Reynaud Dec 18, 2013. 261 Replies

Last week, on our commute to her school, my daughter made a rather dismissive comment about cars. She said "Ian, cars aren't cool anymore". I've heard quite a few kids say that recently, and studies…Continue

The art of the dandy (?)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jarhead Jul 7, 2010. 13 Replies

Perhaps a fitting topic for The Art of Manliness - perhaps not.I just found this website:http://www.dandyism.net/?p=136I must admit that as a man who…Continue

Roman Swiss Army Knife

Started this discussion. Last reply by Harry P Flashman Jul 5, 2010. 2 Replies

Here's something you don't see every day - a Roman multi-purpose knife, made 1600+ years before the Swiss Army got theirs. Now this knife exudes manliness. I'll bet the proud owner of this beauty…Continue

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Steven Reynaud replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"The beginning of the end was all plastic interiors. "
Dec 18, 2013
Jack Bauer replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"While I agree on your first five points, not sure I buy that any creature comforts are feminizing.  In a passenger vehicle, the comfort of the passengers matters, though certainly not if at the expense of the function.  None of the items…"
Dec 8, 2013
Doug Davis replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"They stopped being manly long time back. Except for the Duramax Manufacturers put on features that appeal to women because they are far better spenders and consumers than men, on average. Among the unmanly features are those that have nothing…"
Dec 8, 2013
John replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"I thnk it is market testing driven. I am assuming almost all cars are tested and the group decides. Breakout cars are rare, and usually have some cartoonish aspect if they look different. Chevy HHR...looks like a cartoon version of old 40s car... "
Nov 28, 2013
Chuck Knight replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
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Nov 5, 2013
Scott L Ferrell replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"I know what you mean about the chance of dying. I feel more alive when driving my 1962 Studebaker Lark, ridged steering column aimed at my chest. No bags, padding, seatbelts just my skill keeping me from going through a windshield. "
Nov 5, 2013
Jay D replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"I dont think it is the case, i would say that it depends on the car and not having a stick shift probably doesnt help the american faction. But i remembr very manly cars which wars mostly at work, driving a four-wheel-drive off road sure is a…"
Nov 5, 2013
Native Son replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"No, I would not.  "
Nov 5, 2013
Scott L Ferrell replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"I think a man should be able to read a dipstick and change a tire. You would be surprised how many do not. "
Nov 5, 2013
Scott L Ferrell replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"When automatic transmissions came into the low price field, Chevy in 1950, Ford in 1951 and Plymouth in 1955, it made driving easier for everyone, including women. Men at the time felt that automatics took away skill and dexterity . I drive in heavy…"
Nov 5, 2013
William replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"I can hardly see how this may be so. Man was meant to advance. The automatic transmission was a technological advancement. There are some very many vehicles equipped with them, because in the right context they are a very valuable tool. "
Nov 5, 2013
Justin Morton replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"I don't believe cars have every lost their manliness. Honestly, I think the public appeal has simply shifted to motorcycles and bikes, however, I do think working on cars is completely manly. There are a lot of men who don't know how to…"
Nov 4, 2013
Scott L Ferrell replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"I had a 1994 Audi 90CS, it demanded that I knew how to drive. I actually drove that car, not just guide it. "
Nov 4, 2013
Scott L Ferrell replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"And power steering and brakes. I remember the first time my dad bought a car with those options, he told the dealer that it was "for the wife.""
Nov 4, 2013
Miles replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"As for when they started to lose there manliness. The start of the automatic transmission."
Nov 4, 2013
Rick Shelton replied to Ian Brett Cooper's discussion When did cars lose their sense of manliness?
"A total of $360 because I needed to put in a Transfer Case lowering spacer (short drive shaft and all), which I don't think you'd need for a truck.  The problem is that I need to change the sway bar links and the tie-rod end as these…"
Sep 20, 2013

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At 8:15pm on July 2, 2010, Brett McKay said…
Welcome to the Community, Ian! I'm glad to see you jumping right into the mix and am already enjoying your comments.
At 11:04am on July 2, 2010, Herb Munson said…
Hi there Ian. Welcome to AoM. Also, I'd like to give you a friendly invite to check out my group, The Great Debate. Just click on "Groups." It's the one with the colorful galaxy picture. It's also one of the most active groups on AoM. In any case, great to have you with us.
 
 
 

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