January 7 Weekly Open Thread: Please Bring Back Opera Windows
A few weeks ago, December 10 to be exact, fellow Car Lust contributor Anthony Cagle helped introduce us to "The Lincoln Motor Company." A couple of commenters, yours truly included, suggested that Lincoln return to a 1970s Detroit styling icon, the opera window(s). This design element might help that "budding" company set itself apart from the rest of automobilia with perhaps a touch of class from a bygone era... just as their ads suggest.
From a Mustang II Ghia to a Cadillac Sedan de Ville and most everywhere in between, opera windows, along with padded vinyl roofs, upright hood ornaments, and wide bodyside mouldings were a staple of style. Some of them were done well, and others... weren't.
Presenting a few cars in their resplendent glory to whet one's appetite for the good old days:
Love them or hate them, they sure added a little style... something that is sadly missing from most of today's anonymous cars. The new opera windows could be built in flush and would barely, if at all, affect aerodynamics. They could add some rearward visibility. Electroluminescent opera lights might make a comeback at the same time.
Maybe the smallest car ever offered with opera windows is this Daihatsu Cuore 2-door Santa Cruz:
So if these stir your feelings either way, please speak up. Or comment about anything else that's related to moving machines as well.
--That Car Guy
Image Credits: Our 1977 AMC Matador opera window photo is from Wikipedia. The 1957 Thunderbird image is from SMCars.net. The 1977 Thunderbird picture is from INWThunderbird.org. The 1975 Buick Electra photograph is from Mabee.ca. The Cordoba ad with the fine Corinthian leather is from FavCars.com. And the Daihatsu Cuore Santa Cruz photo is from Wikipedia.