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A question of proportion
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Posted 10/17/2006 8:16 PM
Marsden
Classic MB




Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Capital City USA
Vehicle(s): Mercedes-Benz
5000
A question of proportion

Is it just me, or do the rear wheels on CLKs look tiny?

Yeah, I know they're the same size as the front wheels,
maybe the wheel cutouts need to be larger though?

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Posted 10/17/2006 8:19 PM
AsianML

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Re: A question of proportion

The missing roof adds bulk visually to the rest of the rear end, thus making the rear wheels look tiny.

Usually happens with darker colors, however with lighter colors, you won't run into this problem as much.
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Posted 10/17/2006 8:26 PM
Marsden
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Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Capital City USA
Vehicle(s): Mercedes-Benz
5000
RE: A question of proportion

Hmm... this photo would seem to bear out your observation a bit.

Still I think the wheels/cutouts should be larger, à la Chrysler...

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Posted 10/17/2006 8:28 PM
Marsden
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Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Capital City USA
Vehicle(s): Mercedes-Benz
5000
RE: A question of proportion

I think the beltline on the coupe actually starts to swing downward a bit toward the rear?

That definitely helps diminish the apparent mass "big butt" effect of the cabrio.

I've read on Edmunds (I  think) that that effect is typical of all convertibles/retractables which have concealed tops when down...the bulk hides the apparatus, so to speak..

And that designers are working on it... supposedly the SAAB was one of the worst offenders, visually speaking....

 

#49255 - in reply to #49250
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Posted 10/17/2006 8:32 PM
AsianML

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Re: A question of proportion

Oh yeah, SAAB nailed making it ugly.

When you say cutouts should be larger, as in making the wheel wells actually larger, or S-Class style fenders?

Making them bigger will only make the wheels look even smaller, IMO. Only way to make them look big, is to actually get big wheels.
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Posted 10/17/2006 8:34 PM
Marsden
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Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Capital City USA
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5000
RE: A question of proportion

yeah you're right, I guess bigger wheels.  And not such low-profile tires, although I doubt that'll ever happen..

 

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Posted 10/17/2006 8:36 PM
Marsden
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Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Capital City USA
Vehicle(s): Mercedes-Benz
5000
RE: A question of proportion

I mean look, part of it's the low roofline/high beltline thing, but a lot of it is the big wheels/wheel cutouts..

 

 

Where's iNeon??

 

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Posted 10/20/2006 12:29 AM
Marsden
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Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Capital City USA
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5000
RE: A question of proportion

Wow I even think you're right about colors too, since this rear wheel struck me as looking small too

 

#49615 - in reply to #49250
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Posted 11/3/2006 7:07 PM
iNeon

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RE: A question of proportion

I'm right here, Marsie!!

I don't look at new MBs-- There's no reason to look at them. When we saw the new S-Class, we saw the next E-Class and the next C-Class. The new cars just aren't different enough. It's almost as if the E is a 7:8 scale S and the C is a 7:8 E.

This coupe is the only thing they've got that I even remotely like, and I liked the w208 better than this.

Everyone always gets mad when I draw parallels, but you know what-- If I want to look at a car that looks like a scared cat in heat(aka: one big arch with a short decklid and low to high beltline) I'll look in the driveway at leon.
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Posted 11/3/2006 8:03 PM
Marsden
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Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Capital City USA
Vehicle(s): Mercedes-Benz
5000
RE: A question of proportion

you don't even like the SL?

IMHO, and despite my niggling, MBs are some of the best-looking cars on the road.

 

#51671 - in reply to #49250
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Posted 11/3/2006 8:09 PM
AsianML

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Re: A question of proportion

What designo color is that Marsden?

I've been eyeing a few designo S-Classes on eBay. Both W221 and W220. I'm also looking at how the depreciation pattern on both are doing, so I can plan on buying one ASAP.
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Posted 11/3/2006 8:19 PM
iNeon

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RE: A question of proportion

There's no reason for me to dream of these things anymore. I'm past that part.

Focusing more on the things that are attainable by normal folks is a much better thing. I'll never have an SL, nor will I ever have a w208 or a w209-- not even a C-Class.

I'm a Dodge person; pretending to be a Mercedes one isn't working anymore. They're fine automobiles-- the finest I've ever had the pleasure of owning, driving or maintaining-- But this Dodge boy is tapped out.

Take care.
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