Scott Benjamin

Do you ignore the way certain (or all) cars look?

The Lotus Elise (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Today I have another question for you. This one is inspired by a brief (yet eye-opening) conversation I had last evening with a co-worker here in the HowStuffWorks.com office. I'll protect his identity -- you know, in the unlikely event there happens to be any backlash.

So here's how this all came about: The anonymous co-worker told me that if he were to win the lottery, he's been given the "official" go-ahead from his spouse to finally make that Lotus Elise purchase he's been dreaming about. I, of course, nodded in agreement and told him that I think an Elise purchase is a fantastic idea, lottery jackpot or not. (And now here's the part that nearly knocked me over). He said that his wife doesn't really care for the way any particular car looks. In a way, she's completely blind to the way a car appears. It doesn't matter if it's an exotic supercar or a mild-mannered sedan; they're all pretty much the same to her -- simply a way to get from point A to point B. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that perspective, by any means; yet, since I'm such an auto enthusiast, I guess I just hadn't ever considered that angle.

So, the final part of this short story involves me driving in to work this morning (still thinking about the car design blindness issue), and that's when it hit me -- I have a very mild form of this, too. I realized that I just don't care much for modern convertibles. In fact, I'll barely give a convertible a second glance on the road, and I completely avoid them on the dealer lots, too. I'll take a hardtop over a convertible model any day. The fact is, most convertibles just simply don't appeal to me at all. I've owned exactly one convertible in my driving past, and now that I think about it, I believe it may have looked better with the top up than it did with the top down. With very few exceptions (mainly classics and antiques), I just don't think I would ever invest in another convertible.

So here's the question I have for you: Do you ignore certain types of automotive design? Or perhaps all forms of automotive design? Is there maybe a certain era of cars that you don't (or can't) appreciate? Let me know what you think.

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