If July could be a color, it would be yellow. With the golden light of our sun shining brightly as ever, beating down on us, and giving Superman his powers, it is perhaps time to ponder a hue not so common on cars as they once were. One of the most distinctive shades of yellow ever created was simply called 112 Yellow in Nissan’s palette. Like a highlighter on wheels, it set Datsun 240Zs aglow, but you don’t have to take our word for it.
What’s the best shade of JNC yellow?
What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Which nostalgic feature should be brought back?”
Sammy B demands the return of the graphic equalizer, Mazdax605 calls for a resurrection of the “man vent”, Ricky Poole wants the restoration of soul in general, and just about all of you clamor for pop-up headlights, but the most lol-inducing comment this week came from Spudenater‘s plea for flow-through cabins:
You know, there are a lot of basic design elements that get overlooked by modern car shoppers (and designers) that were simply done better back in the day. New cars have belt lines so high my grandpa would even be embarrassed, and doors so thick you think they’d be bulletproof. Not to mention the dashboards look like landing strips nowadays due to the low angle windshields. I get into a new Fiesta or something, which is outwardly larger than my ’80 Corolla, yet still feel very boxed in; I can’t imagine what it must feel like for someone who is legitimately claustrophobic.
The one thing that really makes me feel like I’ve got some elbow room is the feeling of rolling down the windows at 60mph and feeling that refreshing breeze (unless it’s high summer in which case the breeze in Texas feels like opening an oven, but I digress). Modern cars rarely accommodate such nonsense, pulsating your eardrums uncomfortably like an over enthusiastic pub DJ. Modern cars just aren’t designed with that flow-thru cabin it seems (since A/C is pretty much standard on all but the most scantily clad “strippers”), and a couple seconds of annoying buffetting quickly sees the windows rolled up and the A/C cranked down.
When the compressor on my dad’s old Dakota busted, and we couldn’t afford to swap it out, he would always make jokes about the situation. “We’ve got that two-sixty-five air conditioning. Two windows down at sixty-five miles’n’hour!” When the current batch of econo-boxes eventually rattle their way down through enough neglectful owners that they end up, dented and A/C-less, in the hands of a geasy-face 16 year old or “economocially challenged” parent, I will pity those poor souls. Their choice is either cook to death, or get buffetted to death, neither being particularly fun.
It’s for those reasons that I nominate “flow through cabin design” as the nostalgic feature that should be brought back.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!