What Car Looks Best After Sunset?

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Most attractive cars are designed to stand out in the brightness of day or under an array of flashbulbs and klieg lights, but there are a few that stand out when it gets darker. Sometimes it's intentional, like the way the headlights of an Audi creates a pleasant shape around the nose or the way a well-designed taillight highlights a car's shoulders. Sometimes it's the way a waxed car can pick up the bright neon lights of a commercial strip, reflecting the bright colors of an active society. But the best looking cars at night are the ones shaped in such a way that they shine in the absence of light. Just a hint of the yellow glow of sodium lights in a dark alley and the car explodes with shapes and meaning like the backdrop of a German Expressionist film from the 1920s. We love it and we suspect you do as well. What car looks best after sunset? We're partial the site of a 1973 Lotus Europa as the sun goes down. The site of a shiny black European car bouncing back the last beams of another day in human history is a reminder we're meant for progress. The soft creases of the hood bend the sinking sun and the atmosphere provides enough illumination to provide a mirrored whisper of the surroundings. Thanks to Dearthair for the suggestion (QOTD is your chance to answer the day's most pressing automotive questions and experience the opinions of the insightful insiders, practicing pundits and gleeful gearheads that make up the Jalopnik commentariat. If you've got a suggestion for a good "Question Of The Day" send an email to tips at jalopnik dot com.) [Photo: Matt Blackwood]