Now, this could be a post in the style of a men’s magazine about which lovely lady, or chap, has a perfect derriere. If this is what you are expecting, you may be better leaving now, or you will perhaps develop an unhealthy obsession with cars. For those of us who already have an unhealthy obsession with cars, let us ponder the fine art of the rear end.
Most people when considering their cars spend a lot of time looking at them in profile to get their stance right, or checking out that much photographed front three quarter view. However a great behind can be equally as alluring, check out this handful of custom and stock back ends.
At the top of the post you will see the very popular Japanese show rod Galaxian. The rear end is a work of art, fantastic sequential turn indicators, smoothed, sculpted and worked over to create a brilliant complement to the front’s wild style. The carefully angled plate makes sure that the eye isn't drawn to it, but it is that big cylon style light pod that really makes this back end special
Nissan C110 GTR
Staying in Japan but heading in a stock direction we have the Skyline GTR's collection of roundness and shiny bits. The format of the lights along with the bumper make for what can only be described as a smiling face, not something you'd associate with the purposeful performance car that it is. Or maybe it is just me? Either way the rear end is very neat, and particularly effective on the white cars.
Buick Riviera ‘Boat-tail’
There are a lot of very cool back ends floating around on stock American cars, from Cadillac fins to stingray slopes there really is a wealth of stuff to look at when in traffic behind American cars of a certain age. For us though the early 70's Buick Riviera 'Boat-tail' takes the prize for coolest rear. That madly curving rear screen, the big arrow shaped lines pointing to the rear of the car and the shapely hips make for an all round sexy rear end.
Time to head back to the custom metal, the first thing I ever saw of Billy F Gibbon's 'Cadzilla' was the rear end, a huge purple slope of metal with those long thin lights, framed at the bottom by a strip of shiny chrome bumper. The huge slab of rear end is further enhanced by the covered rear wheels giving the whole car a kind of retro-futurism appeal, like a 1950's spaceship.
For our last pick lets head back to some stock metal, all the usual superlatives that get thrown at the DS can be thrown at the back side of this lump of gallic style, innovative, chic, eccentric, it is what it is all over. Brilliant from all angles the Citroen DS remains one of the most iconic European cars, it's curvy tail works fantastically well with the rest of the body.
Of course there are more than just the cars you can see here in this list, which are your favourites?