Take a look at the 10 most prominent cars in the history of automobiles.
10. Ford Model T – 1908
The first entire automobile that was manufactured on an assembly line with tremendous advancements in efficiency was Ford’s Model T. Often referred as Tin Lizzie, Model T has been regarded as one of the most influential cars on the planet. Henry Ford’s vision was to manufacture a car for the masses which would be large enough to accommodate a family but, would be small enough for the individual to run and care for. Thus the Model T was a huge success in becoming the car of choice between the middle class American families and selling 15 million units in the 19 years of production.
9. Volkswagen Beetle – 1938
Just like the Ford Model T, Volkswagen Beetle was the car of the masses. The German dictator Adolf Hitler formulated a concept for a car that could be mass-produced for the general public and Ferdinand Porsche along with his team was handed over the responsibility for the project. In 1938 the design was finalized by Ferdinand Porsche and his team. The first Beetle had a flat 4-cylinder engine that produced 25 PS and a top speed of 100 km/hr. The Beetle soon became an enormous hit between the people of Germany and it became the first car ever to sell 20 million units.
8. Porsche 911 – 1963
The car that defines the term evolution is the Porsche 911. The absolute all-rounder sports car that can carve backroads like butter, but can be driven daily without breaking the back. Since its debut in 1963, 911 has proven itself to be the epitome of the perfect driver’s sports car. 56 years in production and the 911 range is still going strong, that is the sign of a true icon. The flat-six powerplant in the rear of the 911 has had many iterations and has been evolving for greatness since its launch.
7. Mercedes-Benz 300 SL – 1954
Derived from the W194 racing car from 1952, the 300 SL was about as exotic as road cars got when it was launched 2 years later. Aside from its obvious beauty and powerful, fuel-injected straight-6 engine, it had one feature that no other car did: gullwing doors. This was more than mere styling trickery, too. The car’s multi-tubular, competition-rooted chassis design necessitated high sills which, when combined with a low roof, would otherwise have resulted in it having very small conventional doors and no graceful means of entry or egress. Gullwing doors were, in short, an inspired idea. And ever since the 1950’s the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL has been included in every list of iconic cars.
6. Lamborghini Countach – 1974
Not many cars in history have had the pleasure to be called the ultimate poster car. Lamborghini Countach has been always regarded as the dream car of every child of the ’70s and ’80s. The Countach was the first car ever to have the scissor doors and ever since “Lambo doors” have become the synonym for scissor doors. Not only the Countach looked beautiful, but it also screamed fiercely as it was powered by the tremendous V12 engine that was designed by Giotto Bizzarrini. The iconic wedge shape of the Countach was alien for the automotive industry at the time, but it later became the basis of Lamborghini design.