Ralf K Outtake: An Historical Oddity

Once upon a time, this car, a ’65 Olds 98, looked perfectly normal. But from today’s vantage point, not so much so. That rear overhang is practically obscene. Or at least absurd. I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again: these long, low cars with their endless shelf butts were an historical anomaly.  And a dead end. The CUVs (and even sedans) of more recent decades are just getting back to the default norm before these mutations appeared for a few decades.


Don’t get me wrong; they’re delightful. But in a ridiculous way.

This shot I took a few years back makes the point graphically. Just substitute a CUV for the MINI.n