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When automobiles started to change significantly in the 40’s, they shifted to a “streamlined” shape which was more aerodynamic and sleek than early Model T’s and the like had been. But as America rolled out of World War II and gas was becoming cheaper, big, boaty sharply-shaped sedans and coupes took over the roads and hearts of American car culture. The ebb and flow of sharpness versus curvature in automobiles comes and goes with each passing generation, but one thing is measurably clear: when times are good and gas is cheap, sleek design goes out the window.