The Romance of Automobiles

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Romance is for lovers both young and seasoned.

It carries the heart away on a fantastic voyage of discovery and joy. This love can be harnessed in a few simple forms. One of which is, surprisingly, in a vehicle. Now you’re probably wondering how a car can be romantic. It’s all in the association and option availability.

There are many attributes that are assigned to cars that make us want them.

Dynamic, fast, powerful, sleek – these terms seem to give cars a life of their own. One term that gives people a chance to show how much they love their car is “romantic”.

You’ve probably heard of the term “parking”, usually associated with some kind of “make out point”. Well, what that term connotes is warm kisses and a strong embrace… as does the term, romantic. James Dean, known to be romantic to both men and women alike, is reminiscent of the 1957 Ford Fairlane with the same qualities.

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The mid-sized Ford Fairlane was well known for having wiggle room

The redesigned chassis and 118-inch wheelbase gave the car a sense of sturdy dependability. This left the mind free for other pursuits. Sometimes those pursuits included a bit of heavy petting – sometimes it left room for romantic drives along a beautiful shoreline. What’s certain is that it promoted the romantic ideals that many people cherish.

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Then, there’s the 1967 Corvette Sting Ray

This compact car brought lovers closer together while leaving just a sliver of room for adventure. An American icon, Neil Armstrong was the proud owner of the ‘67 Stingray. If he loved his car as much as he seemed to love navigating his lunar module – it’s a romance for the history books.

That notion probably isn’t too unrealistic considering the astronomical price the famous astronaut’s car fetched at an auction in 2012. The final bid was a whopping $250,090. You’ve got to love the idea of the classic Stingray sitting in someone’s collection – a novel reminder of romance among the stars. Unfortunately – the current owner chose not to sell, obviously, he had a few romantic ties to the car himself.

Julia Roberts reminds us of a more modern romance with cars. As a love story for the ages unfolds on the silver screen – it’s to the tune of the revving engine on the 1989.5 Lotus Esprit SE. This was the car that introduced our movie lovers and started the whirlwind romance between Gere and Roberts’ characters.

The UK automobile faced a redesign by Peter Stevens. The silver beauty featured a 2.0 liter Type 910 engine, an electronic fuel injection system and of course a chassis that made it feel like it “corners like it’s on rails”.  Like Roberts, this beauty was a force to be reckoned with.

This bit of trivia should answer the question about whether or not cars can be considered ‘romantic’.

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