The latest video in Autoline's excellent Design Handbook series covers a very common piece of automotive design, called the Bone Line. As Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics explains, the Bone Line first appeared on post-war models, and was popularized by the classic, 1949 Ford.

Hall shows a number of vehicles that have tweaked the idea of the Bone Line over the years, drawing special attention to the Oldsmobile Toronado. This continued evolution of the Bone Line is just part of what makes it a very noticeable, eye-catching piece of design on modern vehicles. Take a look below for the entire video from Autoline and its Design Handbook.


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      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      yep he is right about that the previous cls having a better design than the current
      Neutral President
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've always referred to this as a "shoulder line".
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some designers call it The water line as well.
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another GM paid program,a copy from Mercedes E class and all the classes....mis Chris Bangle and how wild the Fiat Coupe he did long time ago was,every time I see a BMW Z8 headlights reminds me the Fiat Coupe front,shame now that every body is scare of bring something diferent (not in Aztek way) to the market .......I like the juke but not a real fan of that kind of vehicle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis A. Martinez
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      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      DEATH TO FALSE METAL!!! ALSO DEATH TO FALSE DESIGN!!! Horse-schlong creases in the sides of cars are NOT design any more than pleating pants make anyone run faster. This is what "designers" do at big companies these days instead of inventing Kamm tails and Gurney flaps: Functionless asspickery. Fail in the highest order!
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        Ok Jesse, put the meth down and let go of the caps lock key. Pleated pants are not for running and a bone line isn't just a crease in the side. :-\
        Jake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        I'm glad you have such an entertaining hobby: enjoying listening to yourself talk.
      Apex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Many years in OEM automotive, never referred to this as a bone line. Always as a belt line.
        tylermars.design
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Apex
        belt line would be right below the DLO opening, the bone line is actually a highlight transition created by 2 surfaces meeting.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tylermars.design
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        sp33dklz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Apex
        But if you call it a "bone" line, you look like you just invented something cool, or you're talking about something people have never heard of.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love this guy
      Rollk
      • 1 Year Ago
      The first gen S60 (preferably the refresh years) is my favorite example of a great timeless line on a modern car
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