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Thermador car cooler

7. Window-mounted evaporative A/C

Before the auto industry figured out how to take Freon and convert it into bone-chilling A/C, there was the car cooler, also known as the window-mounted evaporative air-conditioner. Using a few laws of thermodynamics, it evaporated water inside a window-mounted tank, then sucked air through that tank to generate cool air for passengers. And as you can see from the pic above, car coolers looked spectacular, like the unholy spawn of a missile-launcher and a vacuum cleaner. Our dreams foretell of someone bringing these things back one day, but our dreams also said that the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet would never see the light of day, so we're not making any bets. 

15 styling cues for the ages gallery

What are these timeless styling cues, these elements that designers love to flaunt? We took an unofficial poll of the The Car Connection staff to come up with our own 15 faves.