If you've ever been in the midst of reading some description of new car design, and had to stop to find the "Tumblehome" page on Wikipedia, we don't blame you. The term (like so many) is a carryover from the nautical world and ship building, and is used to describe the inward slant of a vehicle's greenhouse.

Starting with the salty origins of the folksy sounding piece of design jargon, Autoline Detroit's Jim Hall takes on a journey from past to future, explaining how the shape of a car's tumblehome has evolved throughout the years.

Close that dusty old dictionary and scroll down below to follow along with Mr. Hall and the rest of the class.


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      kipswork
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jim Hall - that guy knows everything! This video is a couple months old by now, and there are 1 or 2 other newer ones at auto line.tv.
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kipswork
        Thanks for the reminder to check out that site. I did and this video is from the 2nd of August. It looks like a cool site.
      rstonnerdd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you for the lesson. Now may I have some more, please?
      huisj203
      • 1 Year Ago
      No mention of the uprightness of the Ford Flex?
      Hi There Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      We looked at a Fiat 500 for a second car, and it's tumblehome is exactly why we didn't get one. I'm 6'2", and my wife is 5'11". We had no shoulder room in that car.
        Mike Pulsifer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hi There Paul
        I'm 6'1" and I fit just fine. It's a different story if it has a sunroof.
          Brent Jatko
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mike Pulsifer
          Yeah, a sunroof is a no-go for me too. I'm 6'3." I haven't tried fitting into a Fiat 500 yet.
      TangoR34
      • 1 Year Ago
      Multipla is a love or hate car. i personally love it