Bring sexy back, please

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Updated: January 13, 2010

Why do so few, if any, car manufacturers care about Sexy? Have a look around. Which modern cars make your pant area tingle? Almost none. Maybe the Aston Martin Vantage, and that’s about it.

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That’s the 1967 Toyota 2000 GT. Yes, Toyota. And what do they make now? The Yaris, the Verso and the Vasectomy.

These days we’re getting modern, angry designs. Sure, a Ferrari F430 looks menacing, but since when was anyone attracted to aggression? The new Porsche Panamera looks like Kirstie Allie before the gastric bypass; the R8 looks like an overdesigned German toaster and the new BMW Z4 is nice, but ultimately dull and forgettable.

Sure, All of these cars are desirable, attractive vehicles, styled and built well. But sexy? Not a chance.  I understand that design is a reflection of the society that surrounds it; cars from the ’60s are generally much sexier than say, cars from the ’80s. I suppose the scariest thing then is, what does car design say about the 2000s?

These things are now worth an absolute fortune, only 337 were ever made.

These things are now worth an absolute fortune, only 337 were ever made.

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