Journal: Which Classic Car Looks Best Without Its Bumpers?

Which Classic Car Looks Best Without Its Bumpers?

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
March 25, 2016
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Until bumpers actually did something for safety, they were mostly to protect bodywork against low-speed bumps, scrapes, and potential run-ins with other motorists in the parking lot. Despite how large and elaborate they may seem—especially on ’50s and ’60s American machines—they’re often sturdy enough to tie your shoe on, but are as effective as tin foil as far as stationary objects concerned.

Since they do little (and you won’t hit anything while parking), why not take them off?

Period privateers used to unbolt them before driving to the circuit for a weekend of racing, a low-cost weight-loss regime that promised quicker lap times, better fuel consumption, and lower brake and tire wear—provided your bumpers and other ditchable accessories were heavy.

Though not precisely “tasteful”, I adore the look of early Nascar and stock car racers, with their fearsome, towering fascias revealed once the chrome braces are removed. Rear bumpers taken off of mid-engined cars—especially if it means you can see the engine—are also quite special to behold.

What do you think—which car looks best without its bumpers?

Photography by: Federico Bajetti, Maxim Gurianov, Nat Twiss, Rosario Liberti,

 

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Filip Matić

Vw Beetle. Without bumpers that thing has a few lines that resemble a porsche 356

Sifu Alex
Sifu Alex

Well Alfa’s of course!

muculi
muculi

my healey 100 M

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cwilberger
cwilberger

All of them!

Kenneth Kraft
Kenneth Kraft

This one’s purdy without all that extra weight:

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Harry Swincer
Harry Swincer

Man the Ferrari 250 GTO for sure. Such a gorgeous car

Per Eldh
Per Eldh

Err.. Neither the 250GTO or the Delta S4 ever had bumpers.

mackguy
mackguy

Jaguar XK-120/14. Bumpers on the 120 were especially pointless as they were bolted to the body, as an afterthought. For the 140 they switched to frame mounted, but obscure the “breathe” cooling vents.

Emanuel “Wrestler Bowler Guile” Linton
Emanuel “Wrestler Bowler Guile” Linton

I wish Petro had with-bumper photos to compare non-bumper photos.

Barney Hylton
Barney Hylton

Your wish almost answered with the impact bumper article just posted.

Ollie Streek
Ollie Streek

Aston Martin DB4

wolfrichter
wolfrichter

exactly my thought!

Colby Shenkle (Leggera Creative)
Colby Shenkle (Leggera Creative)

certainly the BMW 2002, as mentioned. Also, the BMW e28. Really, anything that had bumpers which, due to colonial laws, has to be increased & thus ruin the entire car.

Steve Goudy
Steve Goudy

The later Fiat 124 Spiders with the large double tube bumpers.

Sean Fandam
Sean Fandam

Fiat 124 Coupe too. Much prettier without.

Barney Hylton
Barney Hylton

Plus Elan +2 and Ford Cortina GT. Set pictured below.

Barney Hylton
Barney Hylton

To add a few… Giulia Super, TR4, Fulvia Sport Zagato and Fulvia Coupe.

Autofokus
Autofokus

Agree with Harold, the Porsche 356, much cleaner!

Gas Project
Gas Project

Lancia Fulvia. Goes from pretty coupe to proper rally car in a handful of bolts.

Harold Singh
Harold Singh

Porsche 356! They should all be bunperless! Such a nice smooth shape with out bumpers!

Doug Escriva
Doug Escriva

No question, the Austin Healey 100-S.

Fernando Souto
Fernando Souto

Well, that’s easy…67 Giulia.

Nick Ayrton
Nick Ayrton

The 275 GTB Short Nose, by far.

Jim Levitt
Jim Levitt

I guess all of them!

Pascal Bruyland
Pascal Bruyland

MG Midget !

Ray66
Ray66

Where is the Aston Martin DB4 GTZ ? <3

Derelict
Derelict

The easiest question ever…pretty much all of them.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Agreed ! The better question being ;

Which classic doesn’t look better sans bumpers ?

Answer ? None I can think of !

R32rennsport
R32rennsport

Unfortunately, my 1966 Volvo 122s looks horrible without bumpers as they were integrated into the design along with the sheet metal.

Victor Siret
Victor Siret

I would say old british roadsters look nicer with bumpers, TR4, Spitfire and the like.

Pretty much any old car with classic chrome bumpers looks more refined with them, even an E-Type, unless it’s a lightweight replica with a racing look.