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Open Diff: Can a Car Be Iconic?

Posted October 18, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Unless you’re new to the hobby (in which case, welcome!) or completely unfamiliar with American cars (Willkommen! Bienvenue! Ni hao!), you know exactly what car that is above. You know what year it was built. You probably know who designed it, how many examples were built, and what engines powered it from the factory. Does that make it iconic?

It’s a question worth discussing, especially after DaveR took issue with the use of the word “iconic” in the recent story on the restoration of a gold-paneled Airstream.

Everything in the world seems to be reported as “Iconic” these days… does that mean that nothing is “Iconic” or that reporters these days have extremely limited vocabularies?

What does an iconic auto mean to you?

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10/18/2019 12:25 PM

I consider an icon to be symbolic of the ideal of something...So everything that is or has been the most popular, probably has an iconic example...The corvette has represented the American sports car probably most effectively over the course of many years with '63 being arguably the most popular...So yes I would call it iconic...

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10/18/2019 6:48 PM

Another "thumbs-up" for the ICONIC "split-window" Corvette.

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10/19/2019 11:31 PM

Nah... That's not a corvette.... it's the Bat-mobile.

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