100 Gorgeous Details that Showcase the Best of Automotive Design

Car guys love every aspect of cars, from the way they run to the people who make them to how they smell and feel and… how they look.

Henry Phillips

I’m a car guy; you’re a car guy. We’re all car guys here. And ours is a complicated field of interest. Does being a car guy mean we get greasy wrenching on bolts? That we like driving like maniacs? That we collect? The truth is, car guys love every aspect of cars, from the way they run to the people who make them to how they smell and feel and look.

How they look… maybe we like that best. Here’s a collection of just some of the best car design details. There are plenty more to explore, which we promise to do very soon. Meanwhile, how about we car guys huddle up and nerd out for a while?

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And Now, the Best Wheels, Shifters, Gauges…

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We've come a long way since the gas-lit acetylene headlamps from the 1800s.

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