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We've all been late for something in our lives. Whether it be your first lesson at school, work, a date - or in my case sometimes - lectures at university that start from 9am.

I keep feeling guilty of these occasions as the distance between my bed and class is only around 10 minutes. So, there's no excuse for me to be late, realistically speaking. But it just happens from time to time.

Situations which you don't want to be for late however, includes when your job title is under the lines of 'Mafia' or serving for a ruthless dictator. And with those terrorising people, comes certain cars which are big and majestic enough to suit them.

Here's nine of them.

Jaguar MK X/420 G

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Back in the 60s, the big Jags were the cars of choice for the Krays. A ruthless pair of twins that made the streets of East London shiver as they made their way from conflict to more conflict.

You can see why they preferred these; sleek, luxurious and could shift when needed. The MK X (later to be the 420 G) represented all things gangster before the XJ came along in 1968.

Rover P5

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Image credit: Favcars.com

Though, Rovers weren't quite on the Mafia level of evil, a lot were used as getaway cars throughout the 1960s.

It comes as no surprise as the Buick 3.5 litre V8 had buckets of torque and there was plenty of space to store bags of dirty cash. It wasn't just the MK2 and S-Type Jags that were used to evade the coppers - plenty of V8 Rovers were picked as well.

Range Rover

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Image credit: Favcars.com

Okay, this is heavily based off my experience watching crime shows of the 70s, 80s etc. But I've noticed that the big Rangie is the car of choice for antagonists who meet their victims in a remote field somewhere in the Southern English countryside.

It's normally a pretty tense situation when you see one of these on screen - and I'd hate to find myself in front of one with 4 well-suited blokes standing next to it...

Maserati Quattroporte

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If ever there were ranks in the Italian mafia, the 4-door Maser would be that used by the top dogs. I'd imagine those who didn't quite make enough dirty money would use a Fiat or Alfa Romeo instead.

Nevertheless, with majestic lines, sports car-bashing performance and a truly iconic badge with bags of pedigree, the Quattroporte was almost the perfect all-round car. A car which I could easily see gangs of stylish gentlemen rocketing across Rome while smoking cigars. Bellisimo!

Mercedes 600

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'Infamous' is how I'd describe the 600. Because this was the car of choice for a wide array of brutal dictators to travel around in; from Lenoid Brezhnev to Saddam Hussein, and even Kim Jong Un has a little fleet of them to this day.

There are very few other cars which have such a strong connotation with no-nonsense leadership; and the sublimely over-engineered 600 suited them all.

Dodge Charger

My own photograph - saw this accurate Bullitt replica at the NEC at the weekend!

My own photograph - saw this accurate Bullitt replica at the NEC at the weekend!

I had to include the second gen Charger in this list. Its famous role in Bullitt is too iconic for it not to have at least one mention.

Nevertheless, the build-up to the famous chase sequence involves Steve McQueen being followed by this beast before the tables turned. You probably know what I'm talking about, and not to mention the sheer amount of presence the Charger has amongst the traffic in San Francisco - it sticks out like a sore, black thumb.

Cadillac Deville

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If Mr Blonde from Reservoir Dogs thought a huge old 1965 Cadillac Coupe Deville was suitable for carrying people in the boot (before a lengthy torture scene), then I'm sure it suits criminals of all levels.

Cadillacs were the primary choice for gangsters - even dating back to the 40s in the set time of the first Godfather film. But the 60s ones were truly synonymous with Tarantino-style gangsters.

Lincoln Continental

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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Like the Cadillacs, the Continental drew strong parallels with the criminal culture throughout the decades. From The Godfather (once again) to The French Connection where a 1970 MKIII was used to launder drugs around.

With their enormous bodies, sinister details and space large enough for a herd of elephants, it's small wonder that Continentals were chosen by some truly remorseless criminal gangs.

Imperial Crown

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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

There's just something about the top end, ultra-luxury American cars that scream so much 'bad guy' out of them. And Chrysler's answer to Lincoln and Cadillac was their rather lesser-known upscale brand, Imperial.

Built like tanks and powered by their strong big block engines, the Imperial Crown was the pinnacle of the American land yacht in its day, no matter what year. If the mafia boss had one of these, his gang were probably pulling off some incredibly successful jobs.

It was so cool, even the protagonists had one as well - Kato and The Green Hornet!

Thanks for reading

So, there we have it: nine of the most villainous cars around - at least according to my own opinion.

If you want to add any others, feel free to throw them in the comments. But I hope you enjoyed reading nonetheless.

Thanks.

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