The 10 Most Stylish Cars of the 20th Century
1) Ford Model T
Henry Ford’s motor company burst onto the scene with a revolutionary means of transportation: the Ford Model T. 1908 saw the beginning of production of this most classic of automobiles and it paved the way for the other fantastic motors ro come in the rest of the 20th century.
2) Jaguar E-Type
The 1960s was a decade of style and progression, and this was certainly reflected in the motor industry, as is illustrated perfectly by the divine jaguar E-Type. This car was sought after for its sleek lines and elongated body, and these models are still hugely collectible, despite large price tags.
3) Citroen DS
If you love cars with style and character, the Citroen DS could be your dream automobile. This is an iconic French car with its very own personality and unusual but striking looks.
4) VW Beetle
This is another classic European motorcar, designed in Germany during the Third Reich. Thankfully the designs were “borrowed” at the end of the war and the so-called ‘people’s car’ was free to be built and shipped all over the world.
5) Ford Mustang
The 20th century was a great period for muscle cars and they don’t come much more muscular than the Ford Mustang. Today the latest incarnation of the Mustang is a cool car, but the original 60s model has something extra special about it.
6) Mini Cooper
The classic Mini Cooper is so evocative. Most people will think of the classic Italian Job movie, as the cars sped – full of gold – on a mad getaway through Italy. Others might think of George Harrison’s yellow Mini that he famously drove back in the swinging 60s. However you look at it, this is a cool auto.
7) Aston Martin DB5
From 1963 the Aston Martin DB5 epitomised automotive performance and design. So much so that it was a favourite car of super-spy James Bond. This car appeared in Goldfinger, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale, looking as good in the noughties as it did in the 60s.
8) Land Rover Defender
Forget the plethora of 4x4 monsters that are used for nothing more than taking the kids to school or doing grocery shopping. This is a real jeep and one that is fantastic off-road – unlike a lot of more style conscious 4x4s. And because of its modesty, the Defender has a real charm and style of its own.
9) Ferrari 250
It is hard to choose one Ferrari to mention as an iconic example of 20thh century engineering and design, but the 250 has to be mentioned. From 1953 to 1964 this car stood out for its pure beauty and flashy appearance.
10) Porsche 911
A lot of people may think that the 911 is relatively new, but this model has actually been around since 1963. This shows just what a hit this car has been and continues to be as it cruises, growling, comfortably into the 21st century.
Sam Butterworth writes for ExchangeandMart.co.uk, and you can shop for used cars at www.exchangeandmart.co.uk.