Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thursday Twister: A Pillar Vent Window

Welcome back to another edition of DT's weekly quiz show, the Thursday Twister where the quiz is as twisted as a twizzler in a blender.  This week's quiz comes as a suggested from K2 Mystery Car who writes: "I wonder how many cars from 1960 and up had A-pillar triangular vent windows (opening or fixed)? That's probably a whole lot more common than the opera lights, like the quad lights."


For this week's challenge we are looking for cars that have trangular vent windows located next to the a-pillar, like the first generation Ford Mustang (1965-68).


Contest rules are as follows: 

1. Only one car per comment (be sure to hit the refresh button on your browser before you post in case someone else has posted since you loaded the page).  Do not nest the replies, just reply to the main post -- if you reply to someone elses comment it should be in reference to his comment and not a new submission.

2. You can post again, but only after someone else posts another car.

3. The contest will end at Sunday, April 12th, 4pm PST.

4. One submission per generation of each make/model.

5. Each car must be a running/driving car (no clay model prototypes) and at least two must have been built of that particular car (no one-offs). 

6. No anonymous submissions -- pick a name with the Name/URL dropdown.

Ready...set...vent windows! 


106 comments:

  1. Toyota 4Runner / Hilux 1984-1988 (89 for 4Runner) without power windows.

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  2. Ah, the cigar window.

    The AMC Ambassador had some great ones over the years.

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  3. Jaguar Mk 2

    [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Jaguar.3point4.750pix.jpg[/img]

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  5. Since I'm not allowed to say 'almost everything before 1970' or 'half of everything from 1970 into the '80s' or 'every flipping Ford Fiesta' I'll just throw out:

    current US-market Odyssey:

    [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/87/2011_Honda_Odyssey_Touring_Elite_--_04-18-2011.jpg/280px-2011_Honda_Odyssey_Touring_Elite_--_04-18-2011.jpg{/img]

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  7. Having linky-poo problems. Oops, sorry.

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  8. I seem to be breaking things.

    [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQC03yvebgFtiW9rq5pe3U4qr05AnQedeGMV0Yt_NXfvda7NQsCLQ[/img]

    Let's see if this works better.

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  9. '79-83 Hilux (factory optional):

    [img]http://www.chargeandride.com/hilux/IMAG0201.jpg[/img]

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  11. Datsun 620. Like the Hilux, it was an option.

    [img]http://carphotos.cardomain.com/images/0015/74/45/15524754_large.jpg[/img]

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  12. 1969 Ford Torino Sedan (my late Dad's ONLY new car, in his whole life).

    [img]http://www.automobile-catalog.com/img/picto28h/ford_usa/1969-ford-fairlane-torino-sedan.jpg[/img]

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    1. Dang, that imbed worked in the preview. Let's try it again:

      [img]http://www.automobile-catalog.com/img/picto28h/ford_usa/1969-ford-fairlane-torino-sedan.jpg[/img]

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    2. Oh sure, NOW you decide to work. Frickin' ones and zeros, they'll be the death of me....

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  13. That's a lot of cars... so I'll go with what I know.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/KtDr3TI.jpg[/img]

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  14. Well, if K2MC is going to throw out the Honda Fit, I shall toss out the Citroen Picasso:

    [img]http://www.budapestsite.com/wp-content/photos/f62_204_xsaraol.JPG[/img]

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    1. I see your Citroen, and raise you a Suzuki SX4

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  15. 105/115 series Alfa Romeo Bertone GT (Sprint GT/Sprint GT Veloce, 1750 GT Veloce, 2000 GT Veloce, etc.)

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  16. Much to my surprise, the Lotus Europa S2 (but not the S1)

    [img]http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/image_272_resize.jpg[/img]

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    1. Is this Twister a soft ball? You betcha. Let's get more DTers playing!

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  18. Toyota XW20 Prius

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    1. so, do the vents need to actually vent?

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    2. I'd say they do or they aren't vent windows, no?

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    3. Just A-pillar triangular windows was the idea.

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    4. so that's what fixed means...

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    5. Next week's contest......."cars with wheels".

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    6. Maybe a more challenging list would be "triangular A-pillar windows that do NOT open".

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    7. I liked the triangular window behind the b-pillar in the Shelby Fastbacks, like the one pictured and the 1st gen Nissan Pathfinder.
      Virtually every American car from the 40's - '67 had the A-pillar vent window whether it opened or not, just to make manufacturing the window easier and to allow for ventilation (cigarette/cigar ashes).
      GM stopped using them in most cars in 1968 when they started using terms like "Astro-Ventilation" to explain their absence to customers, but its more likely that they coincided with the huge change in Motor Vehicle Saftey Standards (FMVSS( that were incorporated into all American market cars in 1967. It also coincides with the advent of factory A/C in more cars, but a stronger safety standard is the more likely culprit of their demise as their elimination prevented passenger injuries which occurred when the triangular vent windows were pointed in (against the wind) to redirect wind into the passenger's face. In an accident, those became (unfortunately) placed to say the least.
      I think we've fixed that misunderstanding!

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  19. BMW 2002
    [img]http://www.egarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/BMW-2002.jpg[/img]

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    1. K2MC - I googled the Sonic, I don't see a window. Can you post a link to an image please?

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    2. Oops. Frain Bart. Honda Civic instead.

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    3. Aha! Now I remember what I meant to write! Next chance I get....interestingly, all of the DTers complaining that this Twister is too easy aren't adding any. Whiners. Do what I'm doing; only add cars as you SEE them on the street.

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    4. ...if you need to make it more challenging. Or just focus on whining more. Your choice.

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  21. Jeep Comanche
    [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e1/Jeep-Comanche-Pioneer.jpg/800px-Jeep-Comanche-Pioneer.jpg[/img]

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  22. Alfa spider

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/wX05lbc.jpg[/img]

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  23. Alfa Romeo Berlina (105/115)

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  24. 4th generation eclipse:

    [IMG]http://i40.tinypic.com/1z34cx5.jpg[/IMG]

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  25. Oliver

    [img]http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8jw2vrAxF1r1bm0bo1_500.jpg[/img]

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  26. Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato

    [img]http://www.zagato-cars.com/images/1600_03_large.jpg[/img]

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  27. current Toyota Sienna has a tiny fixed triangle - apparently won't keep you from driving into the shrubberies though

    [img]http://savannahtoyota.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2013-Sienna-4.jpg[/img]

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    1. "First you must find... another shrubbery! Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must place it here, beside this shrubbery, only slightly higher so you get a two layer effect with a little path running down the middle...."

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  28. Lancia 037 Stradale

    [img]http://auto.idoneos.com/competicion/lancia_037/resources/Lancia037-02.jpg[/img]

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  29. Ford Escort mk1

    [img]http://www.wedding-classics.co.uk/img/slideshow/ford-escort-mk1.jpg[/img]

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  30. Ford Fairmont (not all had it, not sure if optional or just discontinued in later models):

    [img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQyli1phQayy_r9ymcictPDLdChOY1_gndJClZi8TwOeasmmN0KTw [/img]

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    1. Oooo, nice one mrkwong. I had a herd of Fairmonts, and don't think ANY of mine had this rare configuration.

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  31. My 68 Plymouth Satellite

    [img]C:\Users\Meyer EPS Inc\Desktop\Satellite.jpg[/img]

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    1. Dang this image thing is difficult to me....

      [img]file:///C:/Users/Meyer%20EPS%20Inc/Desktop/Satellite.jpg[/img]

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  32. Mk1 Ford Fiesta.

    Hell, a herd of Ford Fiestas, we're givin' 'em away.

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  33. FSO Syrena

    [img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3vMXbuJrJr0/UrOiTRTeGPI/AAAAAAAAISY/Uezm5z0Z5x8/s1600/snapshot20131219224903.jpg[/img]

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  34. I think it'd be more challenging to find 1945-1969 passenger cars that did NOT have vent windows...

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  35. Lamboghini Urraco

    [img]http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/wheeler-dealer-ep1007-lambourghini-02-622x468.jpg[/img]

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  36. Original Ghibli (IMHO one of the prettiest cars ever) in both coupe and spyder form

    [/img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTqpEgOQtdmgG6XYbveHKDwKU9fEjkavMHCKB3i1UjHabSQbmxAcQ[/img]

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  37. C'mon guys....Volvo 1800!

    [img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mzq1YkPal-4/UaWVfNhwU_I/AAAAAAAAOno/U3wQ8F2PoqE/s1600/9.jpg[/img]

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    1. I purposely reframed from posting, just to see how long it would take this motley crew to throw the 1800 up, CFlo.

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  38. Ferrari F-40 (again, much to my surprise)

    [img]http://www.topcarrating.com/ferrari/1987-ferrari-f40-12.jpg[/img]

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  39. VW Bus

    [IMG]http://i42.tinypic.com/2v8ml9y.jpg[/IMG]

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  40. All model Dodge Ram Vans.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/6hHevYQ.jpg[/img]

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    1. My favorite. It had powered vent windows in the 80s.

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  43. We owned three that I can think of right off the top of my head, including a 1970 Porsche 914.

    [img]http://s.hswstatic.com/gif/porsche-914-076-26.jpg[/img]

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  44. The nice thing about the old vent windows is that you could push or crank them all the way 'round and blow tons of air into the car.

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  45. The nice thing about the old vent windows is that you could push or crank them all the way 'round and blow tons of air into the car.

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    1. I'm a big fan of vent windows for this very reason. I wish they were still offered as an option.

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    2. +1 and one of the reasons I suggested this Twister. Many young enthusiasts don't know what they were for. Now they do.

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  46. We're missing the biggest/worst ever..
    Lumina APV
    [img]http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/2266/2681/5663840005_large.jpg[/img]

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  47. A late one from the '80s / '90s:

    Jeep Wrangler YJ (with the full doors)

    [img]http://cdn2.armslist.com/sites/armslist/uploads/posts/2013/04/28/1532213_02__995_black_jeep_wrangler_yj_ha_640.jpg[/img]

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  48. Pontiac GTO

    [img]http://goodguysclassifieds.com/static/1/uc/5/85/4692911792515.jpg[/img]

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  49. Another late one: Toyota Previa

    [img]http://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/toyota/previa/1995/oem/1995_toyota_previa_passenger-minivan_le_fq_oem_1_500.jpg[/img]

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    1. CFlo, is there a way to search a page for specific text on an iPhone?

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    2. One twist to this Twister is that a DTer can walk outside (I know - away from your electronic hypno-machine!) and find cars that fit.

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    3. 99 bottles of beer on the wall....

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    4. Or how about a twist on the Peter Egan personal cylinder count: how many vehicles do DT-er own wih vent windows and what are they?

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    5. Great idea but we can't even get them to play this easy game. There should be at least 300 posts by now.

      I only have my NA.

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  51. The car I wanted to post instead of the Sonic was the Spark.

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  53. So, interesting Twister eh? Too easy and people won't play...? Maybe. Or, it's just how this one played out. Possibly folks were out of town - like me! Still, I played on my stoopidphonedevicethingy. Easy beasy.

    How easy was this one? Well, as I stated previously, I'd hoped that DTers would just walk outside and spot cars and add them. The other hope was that there would be some good conversation kicked up and there was some of that. So that's a good thing.

    Personally, I like to challenge myself and so I just posted what I actually saw on the street. That wasn't too much of a hardship because I'd packed the family up and hit the road, Kerouac-style. Our destination was an annual charity event that we attend, about 2.5 hours away. Seeing lots of cars with triangular A-pillar windows, my brain quickly began to forget as many as I saw. Please pass the Ginkgo biloba.

    But the kicker came when we stopped at an eatery for...uh...something to eat. It was a lovely day (finally) and so we sat outside and ate. In the half hour or so that we sat there, I added cars going by to the note app on my cellmachine. Here's what I saw fly by:

    C-MAX
    500
    Chev Matiz
    Jeep Renegade
    Sprinter (Holy COW that's a huge A-pillar window!)
    Z3
    Versa
    Falcon
    Aerio
    Ram
    Sienna
    Quest
    Fusion
    Blazer
    Impreza
    Versa
    Mazda5

    And then something REALLY funny happened. My wife returned to the table and said, "Hey, we still have a ways to drive. Should you use the restroom?" I shook my head and played the tough guy with the iron bladder routine. But she really sold it when she said the magic words, "The bathrooms are really clean..." Nobody can turn down an enticement like that!

    I entered this Mecca of toiletdom and sure enough, the clouds parted and the angels sang. LITERALLY. For plastered all over the walls were amazing pictures of cars and motorcycles. Several of the cars even had vent windows! Here there are for your viewing pleasure. No need to wash your hands afterward.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/Wh2c1js.jpg?1[/img]

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/RKCqVnK.jpg?1[/img]

    Coronet
    [img]http://i.imgur.com/EpyNaIg.jpg?1[/img]

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/WgUxble.jpg?1[/img]

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/G2kkIgw.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. Dodge Ram truck, that is. I know that timbuck2 added the vans.

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