Many thanks for a great article. K-F cars were truly remarkable and ahead of their time in many ways. One can only wonder what might have been had Kaiser been able to overcome the financial challenges of the day, which likely underpinned some of the quality control issues and development of a more suitable engine.
By legend, those economical Israelis used that state car up completely and let it go for scrap -- but if you did happen to come across it, you would immediately become one of the most popular Stude guys in the world.
Man ain't it the truth. I often mention, while stopped in traffic, that if the vehicles around us didn't have some kind of name or badge on them, I not only wouldn't know what kind they are, but sometimes wouldn't even know that they weren't all the same make! For those of us that saw how automotive designs used to set the brand apart and send imaginations flying, today's autos are by and large a disappointment.
@Tinkerah - you are correct on three points:
1) aerodynamics are a much bigger piece of it than in the '40s, '50s, and '60s (as well as other economic factors)
2) we need to continue to cherish ALL KINDS of old art - including auto designs
3) it indeed doesn't help 😢
I thought so too. That was a good solution to the drop-gate/plate display problem. Along the same lines, when a lot of todays vehicles drop their tailgates, plates mounted either on the gate or imbedded in the bumper are hidden. On many others, there is so much tow hitch hardware that reading a plate is nearly impossible. Funny that these days, people put tinted covers over plates so you can barely see them if at all, and "mudder" 4WD pickups run around with plates obscured. So apparently the genius of the dropdown plate holder is no longer needed...