Noses are important. If it weren’t for noses, those of us who wear glasses would have to have a painful wood screw inserted into our faces to hold our glasses on, and that’s no fun. Noses are also important for cars, and a great and I think relatively unfamiliar example of this is the Vauxhall Firenza HP, with its fiberglass proboscis known as the “droopsnoot.” I suspect most of our American readers don’t know that much about these car, which is too bad, because they’re strangely cool.
In a way, this is similar to how Mopar made the Superbird so distinctive, by essentially slapping a face mask onto the B-body’s normally flat face. For the Firenza HP (the HP stands for High Power or perhaps Healthy Prostate), Vauxhall got their designer Wayne Cherry to make a new fiberglass nosecone for the Magnum/Firenza, pretty dramatically altering the look:
I’m not sure I think the droopnose is exactly attractive, but it is distinctive, and for slapping one basic part on a car to change the look, you have to admit it does that job very well.
Anyway, here, watch one zip around a track!
Honestly, maybe there should be more of an aftermarket for alternate car faces? Something easy to pop on and off, at will. And I mean more than angry Jeep faces, too.