Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

A lot of talk has surrounded Ford's grills recently and they all in some regard mention Aston Martin. Now I'm no expert on car design, but I never really thought the new Fusion or Mustang looked too much like, say a DB9 or Vanquish. I always thought Ford's grill was just following the "catfish style" design element. The more people keep pestering this point though, the more I can't help but think of design elements like the stacked headlights from the mid 60's and the gaping grills of the early 70's. Obviously I'm too young to have known these cars when they were new, but I was wondering if anyone remembered whether cars like the Ford Fairlane or AMC Ambassador met similar criticism for using stacked headlights like Plymouth's Fury. Don't know what I'm talking about? Check the pics below.

1966 Cars With Stacked Headlights:

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

Plymouth Fury

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

Ford Galaxy

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

Ford Fairlane

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

AMC Ambassador

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

Pontiac GTO

Giant Grills of the Late 60's and Early 70's

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

Ford Thunderbird

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

Dodge Charger

Pointy Grills With Embedded Headlights

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill


AMC Javlin

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

Shelby Mustang GT500

Slanty-Stacked Lights

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

Lincoln Continental

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

Chrysler 300

Curvy Fastbacks

Question for the elder Jalops /slash/ Rant about Ford's Aston Grill

AMC Marlin, Dodge Charger