Hooniverse Asks- What's the Best Car Face?

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Yesterday, Ford lifted the embargo on information about the 2011 Shelby GT500. You can read the details on what’s different in the ’11 car here. One change that’s obvious, and can be seen in the beauty shot above, is the narrowing of the speed stripes that run the length of the Mustang. While the previously wider stripes gave the car a purposeful, athletic appearance, I think these narrow stripes make it look like Bucky the Beaver. And that leads to the question of -now that Ford has injected some silliness into the nose of the GT500 – which car has the best face?


Headlights equating eyes, the grille, a mouth, and perhaps a hood bulge mimicking a noble proboscis- most cars have a particular mien. Some look angry, some look a little shocked, but our penchant for anthropomorphizing our rides allows us to project upon them some form of expression and hence, personality.
So, which car has the best face, and is it because it looks evil, or because it looks like it wants to enjoy the drive as much as you do?
Image sources: [Jalopnik, Houstoncars]

96 Comments

    1. Funny how that fascia looks a lot like that of the booze-addled, struggling-to-stay-conscious mauler craftsman who built it.

    1. Thank God! I needed something to purge the picture above from my memory.
      Ahhhhh! I bumped the mouse and the page just scrolled up and I got a glimpse of it again!

  1. http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f259/Dubber_198
    The Miata in my opinion wins this one. The car shows so many faces in it's front fascia, I swear off and on a parking lot it looks sad and bored with the world, but on a winding road or twisty track it's face lights up with spirit and an odd quirkiness. If that ain't emotion and character for a car I dunno what it is. But i must admit I am a sucker for hideaways and pop ups.

    1. If you have a front plate and the lights are up and and you squint your eyes, it looks a little like Hitler Charlie Chaplin.

    1. My first car was a very similar-looked Lincoln Towncar. Before my friends and I started calling it The Nimitz on account of its gray paint, it was sometimes known as "that Mafia car." One could certainly imagine a Mafia don being chauffeured around in the back of one, smoking a fat cigar lit from one its four (!) lighters while a crony relayed his orders through a giant StarTAC phone.
      As for me? I just delivered legal documents in it. No kingpin would ever have wanted to sit in the soda-can littered backseat, either…

  2. Well, gotta do my part for Stuttgart. I guess these cars would say.
    <img src="http://www.oldtimergala.de/content/produktfotos/1186007241Porsche356SpeedKL_preview.jpg"/&gt;
    "I'm classy."
    <img src="http://forums.pelicanparts.com/uploads14/56963023_1974PorscheRSChassis911_460_90921226728371.jpg"/&gt;
    "I need to step outside for a bit of air."
    <img src="http://www.lincah.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/2005-porsche-carrera-gt-1-588×441.jpg"/&gt;
    "I'm cuckoo for canyon curves!"
    <img src="http://forums.pelicanparts.com/uploads12/74+Carrera+RSR+Turbo1202859589.jpg"/&gt;
    "Ready or not here I come."

  3. I always thought that strategy was a bit stupid. It's a bit of drama that serves only to leave the purchasers alone for a few minutes so they can compare thoughts and come up with a new strategy to go after the salesperson with. So while he's standing in the manager's office chatting about how nice the receptionist's ass is, the purchasers are getting their story straight to get a better deal.

  4. I hate it when people swap body bits from superior performance models to lesser ones.
    But the GT500 front on both the 05-09 and 10-> Mustangs just looks so much better. The cleaned-out grille and the slightly wider opening makes look like such serious business. There's a high liklihood of GT ownership in my future, and I'd consider swapping the grille if the opportunity arose.

    1. Do you count luxury models in that? Because every now and then, I'll see a tow truck with a second-gen Escalade front end. I approve of that highly – just something about sucking the wind out of a status symbol.

      1. No real problem there, when it's a funky styling thing.
        It's more like the guys who do up a 328 like it's an M3. Anyone who knows enough to care that you're in an M3 will spot the fallacy, and no one else will care.
        Hence my aprehension about the GT500 front clip. I'd swap it in b/c it's better looking, not because I'm trying to impress people with my (fake) GT500.

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