Beauty is in the eye...
I can't stand a 140, looks like an overweight 124, only worse. The
220 looks like it has heft, but doesn't look fat. Amazon warrior
vs. Opera Fat Lady.
To me a 140 looks like an overweight 124. Always has. A 124 looks
tiny beside a 123, and it reminds me of driving my Karmann Ghia,
sitting sideways with your feet crammed into a tiny hole between the
wheelwell and the tunnel. Straight on from the rear a 140 looks like
a baby Benz. From the front and side a 140 looks like any other
RE: the aerodynamic arguments: I call BS on the idea that because of
cafe and fuel economy all cars have to look the same. Two of the
slickest cars ever: VW beetle, and the Cord. Both from the 30s.
Neither look like the current load of carp. The SS and SSK, 540K,
300SL and even the lowly 190SL were not far from the slickest cars
ever. Even the adenauer was slick. None of them look like the
current load of crap (or carp, whichever you prefer) cars.
There is however the chicken and egg argument. most asian cars copy
everything MB does, and even beat MB to the market with new designs.
It is hard to argue that.
The asian manufacturing is much more agile than ameroEuro
manufacturing. Dr. Deming taught them well. They have been at it
for 70 years, while the US has only been using agile manufacturing 20
years, and it is slower catching on in Yurp.
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