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    40 Most influential Cars

    Hello everyone. I have an assignment for my History of Design class that is a very dear subject to all of us, cars. When I saw this was an option I jumped at the idea. I have to compile a list of the 40 most influential cars from 1900 to present. As I looked up information I figures I could count on the members of RT to give me some opinions on the subject.

    Thanks to all in advance Smiley


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    - ford model t

    - vw käfer

    - porsche 356

    - ford mustang

    - jaguar e-type

    - lamborghini countach

    - toyota landcruiser

    - landrover defender

    - mercedes 300sl

    - jeep willy or cj-6

     

    just a few that came to mind

     

     


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    - Issigonis Mini

    - McLaren F1

    - Citroën DS

    ...


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     miura 

    959

    f40

    enzo

    911

    citroen ds

    vw beetle

    countach

    audi quattro

    if i were you, i would divide them into 4 groups:

    cars until the 60's

    60 to 80's

    80's to 2000

    2000 to present


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    or

    - mass produced cars

    - sports cars

    - super cars

    - innovative cars


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    Aston Martin DB5 still very influential Smiley


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     The Ford Model T and the VW Beetle are among the most influential because they brought automotive transportation to ordinary people which in turn transformed the 20th Century. The original Benz motorcar should also be included on any list of influential automobiles.  Technological advances should also be considered, the first V8, first automatic transmission, etc. 


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    in no particular order: 

    Ford Model T

    Tucker Sedan (A car ahead of its time in terms of safety and design)

    VW Beetle

    A/C Cobra

    Austin Healey

    49 Mercury Coupe (A long standing favorite of the "Lead Sled" classic)

    48 Cadillac (Car that started the "tailfin" era in design)

    Ford Mustang (The first Pony car)

    Aston Martin DB5

    Ford F-Series Pick-Up Truck (A long standing icon of the Pick-Up truck world)

    Porsche 911

    Bugatti Type 57 Atlanique

    Bugatti Veyron

    Toyota Prius

    Lamborghini Countach

    Plymouth Road Runner

    Mercedes 300SL 

    Land Rover Range Rover

    Jeep

    67-69 Chevy Camaro

    Ford GT40

    Ferrari 250 GTO

    Ferrari F40

    Nissan 240Z

    Nissan Skyline

    Toyota Camry (Benchmark car for decades now.)

    Dodge Caravan / Plymouth Voyager (Started the minivan category)

    Ford Explorer (Started the SUV category)

    Corvette Stingray

    McLaren F1

     


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    Ford Model T - mass production

    Ford GT40 - racing success from engineering

    Ford F-series, trucking in North America (cultural+economic) 

    Porsche 911 - I had a dream....

    Porsche 944 - most copied entry level sports car design ever!

    Porsche 959 - technology leap forward, brakes, suspension, AWD...

    Porsche 930 - first production Turbo car

    Mercedes-benz EVER S-Class generation - new technologies, Mercedes is responsible for traction control, ABS, power steering, active headlights, etc.. TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES 

    Jaguar E-Type - out of world performance

    Mercedes SL300 - out of world performance

    VW Bettle - mass production simplicity

    Mini - mass production simplicity

    Audi Quattro - first AWD system, huge to the world.

    Citroen DS - new way of looking at comfort (air suspension) 


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     Thanks guys  you are being very helpful  


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    In light of modern developments; Lohner Porsche? Very early hybrid car, see here


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    Joost:

    In light of modern developments; Lohner Porsche? Very early hybrid car, see here

    I spent about 40 minutes last night typing my list, including reasons for some of them, only to have my list disappear into the ether when I punched the post button! SmileySmileySmiley

    The Lohner Porsche was on my list, right after the original Benz (which was however from before the 1900 start date specified). 


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     Oh wow I'm sorry to hear that fritz, thank you so much for the effort anyways.

    Its due thursday so I'll try to compile it later tonight or tomorrow. I'll post the final list here when I'm done.

    I also had to compile the list of the 40 most influential pieces of film and 40 of the most important  (since there are so many) works of architecture. I have those lists done and I could post the final paper here when i'm done if anyone is interested in seeing it. 


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    I definitely am...


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    I certainly agree with most of the lists above but would like to add the Ford Cortina, certainly as far as the UK is concerned.  This was the UK's most popular car of the 1970's and was produced between 1962 - 82.  All variants of the Cortina sold over one million, with each successive model proving more popular than its predecessor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Cortina

     


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    Enmanuel:

    I also had to compile the list of the 40 most influential pieces of film and 40 of the most important  (since there are so many) works of architecture. I have those lists done and I could post the final paper here when i'm done if anyone is interested in seeing it. 

    I'd be very interested in reading your paper if you post it here later.  Smiley

     

     

    I made another attempt at drawing up a list of influential cars.
    It's no great surprise that sports cars are over-represented Smiley

    Benz                                     the original (but pre-1900)

    Lohner Porsche                  the electric car others are emulating 100 years later

    Ford Model T                      made motoring for the masses possible

    Lancia Lambda (1923)       the first unibody car

    Bugatti Type 57

    Cord 810

    Citroen Traction Avant     

    VW Beetle                           the original

    Willys Jeep

    Land Rover                          the 1948 original

    Jowett Javelin

    Jaguar XK120/140/150

    Panhard Dyna                     aluminium body

    Triumph TR Series              affordable sports cars

    Mercedes Benz 300SL

    VW Microbus

    Citroen DS

    Lotus Elite                           FRP unibody, super light sports coupe

    Issigonis Mini

    Porsche 911                 50 years of form following function, with development triumphing over design after the first few Smiley

    Jaguar E-Type

    AC Cobra

    Lamborghini 350GT           Feruccio L. built a better Ferrari than Enzo F.

    Lamborghini Miura

    Corvette Stingray                best US attempt to build an Euro-style sports car

    Ford Mustang                     Iacocca’s original

    Renault R16                        first hatchback family car

    Jensen Interceptor FF        4WD, antilock brakes

    Rover 2000

    NSU Ro80                       Wankel engine

    Range Rover

    Fiat 128

    Alfa Romeo Alfasud          

    VW Golf

    Audi quattro

    Porsche 928

    Renault Espace                   first minivan

    Porsche 959

    McLaren F1 

    Couldn’t really come up with any obvious candidates after that.

    PS:  I'm inclined to add JohnH's Ford Cortina. It was quite a car until it lost its way in its last incarnation, and the Sierra that followed it never had the same appeal. 


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    VW Golf GTi Mk 1 ......... ground zero for the modern hot hatch.

    Audi 100 ........ first main stream production car designed with a low drag coefficient as a priority.

    Fiat Tipo ......... first car to use platform engineering, a process that is now common place amongst mass manufacturers.


     
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