Today we ran across an article on Fox News depicting the “Top 5″ GM designs of all time on their webpage. Being hardcore car aficionados ourselves, we sort of felt inclined to share it with all of you, our readers. Having said that, it was Hagerty Insurance who helped them with the article to begin with, so it’s not a terrible selection. In fact, we agree with it for the most part. The “Top 5″ according to FOX and Hagerty are listed below.
1.) 1963 Corvette:
The first year for the second generation ‘Vette (C2) was among the most glamourous and is highly coveted by collectors and enthusiasts alike. Not only was 1963 the inaugural year for the first major redesign of America’s first sports car, but it also introduced independent rear suspension to the marque, and an awe-inspiring styling cue; the split window. Despite the beauty of the rear window, it was view-obstructing and as a result, only lived for one model year. We agree with FOX on the fact that there wasn’t a bad line or angle anywhere on the car. Kudos, Hagerty.
2.) 1963 Riviera:
In 1963, Buick released their first Riviera sport coupe. While they offered Riviera models previously, they were essentially trim packages on their already existing coupe and sedan bodies, whereas the ’63 utilized its own styling and platform. The distinctive lines came from the mind of Bill Mitchell, then GM’s design chief, after he took a trip to Europe and received inspiration from the Ferraris and Maseratis he encountered. The Riv’ not only exuded European styling like no other car before it, but it looked right at home parked alongside concept and custom vehicles of the day. So you won’t hear any dispute on this one from us, either. The later versions? Not so much…
3.) 1970 Camaro:
This is an interesting pick. First off, we don’t think it was among the top five cars GM ever designed, nor do we feel that it was even the best looking Camaro ever made. Sorry, but we have to give that one to the ’69. Despite the 1970 model being influenced by Ferrari (like the Riv’), and being the pinnacle of second-generation styling and performance, the later versions would be responsible for ushering in the “trailer park/mullet head” stigma the F-bodies would come to know later in life. We love the ’70 Camaro and though we hate to say it, this is a fail.
4.) 1966 Toronado:
We don’t have any quarrels with this one, however. The ’66 Olds Toronado was a then modern-day interpretation of an American classic; the Cord 810/812 of the 1930′s. Featuring front-wheel drive, hideaway headlights, and a powerful engine, the Toronado was a cutting edge car for the era, and is finally gaining collector car status. The ’66 definitely earns its “Top 5″ spot.
5.) 2009 Solstice coupe:
We honestly didn’t see this one coming. Based off of a concept car that dates back to 2002, the production version of the [roadster-based] Solstice coupe didn’t see the production light-of-day until seven years later. Featuring excellent styling, incredible handling, and a powerful, turbocharged engine in GXP guise, the Solstice coupe was one helluva performer. We wish we could have received this one earlier though, before Pontiac went bust. As a result, they were only made for one year with a total of 1,100 units being produced. Great car, but “Top 5?” Nah, maybe “Top 10,” though.
Overall, we think this is a pretty good list. Like we previously stated, the ’69 Camaro should have been on there, and we would have liked to see the ’55-57 Chevy in place of the Solstice. Maybe someday we should put together our own “Top 10″ for you guys someday.