Once reading an automotive review a few yrs back (i don't exactly remember), i came across the term "Soul & passion in a machine". Now that was a good food for thought. How come a non-living piece of iron can have soul & passion. These soul things have stopped getting in living things (obviously i am referring to Human,a Biological robot), how come a machine have that?? Well it does. It took sometime to set my understanding right & develop a vision to spot that in a machine. Albeit a few machines/appliance are by nature, forbidden to have soul & passion for eg. refrigerator, TV or Washing machine but not so with cars. Unfortunately to majority, a car is still an appliance just like refrigerator, washing machine or a TV. If i would try to argument at a public place with a guy who is using an appliance, i would be advised to immediately visit a nearby mental hospital & start medication as soon as possible. That's why it is discussed only at TFI. If people can't get the point here, i am a "gone" case surely. Let's not talk about super cars which have to be utterly gorgeous to look at & with dream drive. Since i want to sound realistic, I would rather concentrate something real world which a middle class can buy, i mean B,C & D segments. Moreover, It will make us sound reasonable & not crazy. Let's be sporting, i mean national/international/branded/not branded/Stock/Modified, no hauls barred!! I must emphasize that intentions are not to hurt any non-enthusiast reader. His view is as important as yours or mine. You know why? South Americans say (same Mayans who are associated with calendars) that everybody's point of view is sacred. why? It's sacred because only the beholder can have it, no one else! in other word, everybody's point of view is "unique" & "unique" is god. So if some-one is interested in vehicles as much as he is interested in TV/Refrigerator/Oven, let's respect his view because it's sacred. But so is ours hence back to the point:mrgreen:. As far as i am concerned, the physical appearance of a vehicle is one of the most important aspect, so i would like to talk about the soul/passion in external appearance of a car at least for this time. It is also associated with a term "timeless" more often in magazine review which shouldn't be labelled so often but again magazine's view is sacred too:mrgreen:. I was trying to find combination of timeless beauty oozing passion & soul. To incorporate this "timeless factor", without an exception, i had to go past a few a years to find a design that can rhyme with today's design language & may be future. Actually I had no option since i can't perceive the future & what design's will our children will be fond of. Let's start something with the more recent appearance. Do you think "Honda Civic Type R" looks futuristic (timeless)?? I don't think it's futuristic (It's utterly gorgeous though of our times though). The theme that it's design seems to be inspired of is "Jet propulsion Dynamics (Arrow shaped)" which gives you the feeling that thing will move faster with better aerodynamic properties. It's not timeless. Why? what if physicist today crack the "anti gravity" concept :mrgreen:& be somehow able to overcome gravity, aerodynamics, friction etc.??? A person brought up in such a civilization may feel Civics futuristic design to be just awkward. Never the less Civic type R is one hell of a looker!!! But in search of more retro designs, i found a couple of great looking cars & most of them were Italians only (that's Why Italy is associated with Automotive passion & soul). Everything else just seemed like more of a daily commute that people preferred at that time. One such example is FIAT 600 Abarth from 1962 (50 Yr back!!). Let's have a look. Doesn't it look like an angry chubby but damn cute kid, whom you would like to pinch quietly at his back to make him more angry and irritated:mrgreen:. Here is Another one. The other-one could be Lancia Delta HF from 1979 (33 yrs as on date). Most of us weren't even born at that time & if we did, we would be knowing lesser about a car design that a cow. Look at this profoundly crafted piece of beauty which will not fall out of place even today. No one will mind driving it any where & be seen into it. That's an achievement & i am serious. You know why, let's check a some other designs from the same era from some other manufacturers & models from higher segments. Like Audi S80 from 1979 Audi S80 won't mind to be in queue for whole day just to have Lancia's autograph:mrgreen:. Next in queue to Audi will be a BMW 3 series from 1979:mrgreen:. You see not too many automakers were very evolved with designing aspect with an exception of Italian automakers. Our subconscious mind knows that but our "left brain & ignorance" denies it. Hence people either love or hate Italian automakers. There is nothing as such neutral. Pls check my best ever favorite looking 4 door saloon, it's 2 doors & hatchback siblings & a car as a whole. It's not over-expensive but in fact pretty much a C-segment car although not sold in India (Damn India!!) Doesn't it talk to your subconscious? Does it give you a reason to live & rejuvenate? Doesn't this 159 sports-wagon make you fall in love with-in slowly but steadily? Doesn't it make you helpless & surrender, don't resist, surrender:mrgreen:. This is what i call an Automotive Nirvana. Do you think two accidental & heavy deformed cars of the same make can ever look beautiful when they are towed away? They do. It doesn't mean that only Italian can make good looking cars. Germans have come through a long way. They do know how to put together a car that can be appreciated by all. That is even more difficult because they are satisfying everyone (Enthusiast, Appliance user, commuter, a taxiwala, a status seeker etc etc). It has to flow like a river that is must for everyone. But can it replace this??? Absolutely not:mrgreen:. Though every view is sacred, ours is more:mrgreen:!! How? Because "Multitude has always been wrong". Just like once people believed Earth to be a center of the universe & it'd flat. Sun rotates around the earth. Keep on with the list & you never reach the bottom. So if you ever end up in a minority because of your choices, never mind. Being in minority your view is most right & sacred:mrgreen:. So i will keep digging where else i can find Soul & passion expressions in a car? Stay in the minority, stay tuned for next update & god bless!