Okay, the new Buick Park Avenues ( the coolest of the old people car company) came out and one of their features are portholes ( http://www.buick.com/parkavenue/feat...portholes.html ) just one question.......What is the purpose other than style? Those would look sweet on some of your alls tuned up Trepids. Maybe on my LHS's...maybe.
I think the current purpose is a retro look. Buick has had portholes since 1949.
Here's a brief history taken from Buick Club of America board.
According to "The Buick, A Complete History", the portholes were inspired to Ned Nickles by WW2 fighter planes and he installed them on his 48 Roadmaster convertible. He also connected amber lights attached to the distributor to suggest fire coming out of the portholes. Harlow Curtice (Buick's general manager) liked them and he asked for them (without lights!) on 49 Supers and Roadmasters (there were no 49 Specials). The early 49 models had hoses attached to them to cool the engine but after that they were decorative. From 1949 to 1957, all production models exept 53-54 Skylarks had them. All Roadmasters counted four each side and 55-57 Centurys and Supers also had four. 49-54 Supers, 50-57 Specials and 54 Centurys had 3 portholes. They were absent on 58-59 models but were reintrocuced on 60 Buicks. Le Sabres had 3 from 60 to 79 (exept the 78-79 turbos). 60-63 Invictas, 62-63 Wildcats and 61-69 Specials and Sportwagons also had 3. 61-65, 75-79 Skylarks and 73-75 Appolos also had 3 portholes. The 70 to 74? Estate Wagons had 4 and the 75-76 had 3. The 60-80 Electras had 4 portholes and the 81-84 Park Avenue models only also had 4. the 87 Regal GNX had 4 the 2003 Park Avenue Ultra has 3. 63 and on Rivieras, 64-70 Wildcats, Centurions, 73 and newer Centurys, Skyhawks, Reattas, 91-96 Roadmasters and Regals (save for the 87 GNX and a 97 or 98 prototype) did not have portholes.
Would anyone do a photoshop pic of a LHS with portholes? http://www.buick.com/parkavenue/feat...portholes.html
for reference use the link. I honestly don't think they will clutter the look, i think it will distract the eye from the grandma looking frontend of the LHS.