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What car has aged the most gracefully?

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Car designers have one of the most difficult tasks in the world. Their designs have to draw buyers in, position their employer as an up-to-date manufacturer and ultimately sell cars. Then, come up with something else that makes the first thing obsolete. What car has aged the most gracefully?


Unlike some other cars of its era, the FD-generation Mazda RX-7 still grabs the eye in a way that doesn't scream, "Hey, the 1990s called. It wants its plastic cladding back." It's an elegant design that doesn't waste a single curve on old-school concepts like "cab forward" design. Imagine, with just a mild freshening, seeing the FD at the LA auto show these days. It would still look like it belonged, though perhaps not at the Mazda stand. (Thanks to Shaun for today's QOTD.)

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The Nissan 300ZX. The Z32 body style to be exact. It's a design that still looks clean and modern today. Not to mention an equally handsome interior.

Performance isn't too bad considering the N/A V6 made roughly 220hp and the Turbo was closer to 300hp (IIRC).

There's a reason it's more well remembered than the Z31 (which outsold it) and most previous Z's.