- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Beetle

Are these the most iconic cars of each decade?

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Iconic cars are those that not only survive the test of time, but truly thrive. They are the cars that even people who aren't that into cars will have heard of and might recognize. These are the most iconic cars from every decade:

1940-1949: The Original Willys-Overland Jeep

https://en.wikipedia.org/

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This car is not only still used as inspiration for military, road, and off-road cars today, but it also opened up a whole new world of possibilities at the time. To anyone who has not heard of or seen a Jeep like this before - oh wait there is no one like that? Never mind then...

1950-1959: TIE The Citroen DS and The Chevrolet Corvette

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The 50s was, in my opinion, the era with the most iconic cars – so I chose two! These cars are both deserving of the title, seeing as the Citroen would be the French motoring ambassador for years to come and the Chevy that of the US. I had the pleasure of working on both of these cars, and they are legends. Not much more needs to be said.

1960-1969: The Volkswagen Beetle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Beetl

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Beetl

So this isn't even up for thought the Beetle was by far the most iconic car of the 60's and potentially of all time. This car, originally idealized by Hitler and manufactured by Ferdinand Porsche has stood the test of time and is still being manufactured today. Other cars from this decade, notable the mustang would have been high contenders any other decade but not will the Beetle in the race.

1970-1979: The Lamborghini Countach

https://en.wikipedia.org/

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So almost all the cars you see on the list are fairly reasonable cars, "of the people", this is a big part of what makes a car iconic (to me at least), but sometimes there is not much you can do. The Countach was really what set Lambo apart from the rest of the world and continues today to be a marvel of the motoring world.

1980-1989: The BMW M3

https://en.wikipedia.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/

The 80's marked the start of a new type of car lover. This new type of car lover is what made the BMW M3 such a popular car, not for the everyday person, but for the everyday car lover. Seeing that car lovers are the superior being that means the M3 is the most iconic car of the decade!

1990-1999: The McLaren F1

https://en.wikipedia.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/

I have said it before and I will say it again this car is amazing, a contested for most iconic of all time, and definitely the representative for the 90's a otherwise weak decade in the icon scale. The F1 was also the fastest car of the decade, to find out the fastest car of all the other decades check out my article here!

2000-2009: The Toyota Prius

https://en.wikipedia.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/

This car will live forever, the first mass produced hybrid option for the average person. This is definitely up there with the Beetle and F1 and although it's not too popular amongst Clarkson fans, the rest of the world seem to enjoy it quite a lot.

2010-PRESENT: The Tesla Model

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The Prius started it with hybrid and the Tesla will lead us forward into a silent and electrifyingly exciting future of motor cars! This car is what I think will most be remembered from the present day, for years to come!

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments as well as what you think is the #1 most iconic car of all time!

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Comments (61)

  • Great to see you Omri! Jeep yes tesla no. In my humble opinion....

      1 year ago
  • 80's f40

    00's veyron

    10's the holy trinity (p1, laferrari and 918)

      1 year ago
  • I'd say the Gullwing for the 1950s, and the Bugatti Veyron for the 2000s, but you're spot on with the Beetle for the '60s. That was its decade.

    Nice to see you back, Omri!

      1 year ago
  • You've got the words "enjoy" and "Prius" in the same article. Are you having a giraffe or are you deliberately trying to implode reality? The Tesla, maybe. It's certainly up there with suburban wine snobbery, extreme house price comparison as a sport and Apple products status symbolism. In fact, the bloody thing's built around a wannabe iPad in the centre console...

    The 'vette is cute as a button and the Countach was the first car that sprung to mind for the 70s as I read the article title, so you've pretty much nailed the C20, if we overlook the KDF Wagen, squint and pretend it's a VW Camper with surfboards on it for the 60s. Naughties? I'd have to say it's actually the decade of crossovers and MPVs. Probably the atrocious Scenic is the most representative of the era as world+dog had one. The decade drawing to a close is simple: This one belongs to Bugatti, probably the last hurrah of the screaming internal combustion engine wrapped in an art form because whatever comes thereafter, with all the poncing about pushing for electrons, rules, software, road pricing, automated nannying and surveillance is going to be as dreary as a wet Monday.

      1 year ago
  • Cool article. I would like to share my oppinion:

    40s vw beetle

    50s citroën 2cv

    60s jaguar e type

    70s lamborghini countach/ vw golf 1

    80s mercedes w123/w124

    90s mclaren f1

    2000s ferrari enzo

    2010s tesla/P1/laferrari/918

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