The automobile is much more than just a tool that moves us from one place to another. Automobiles are expressions of 20th-century design mechanics and the culture that influenced their creation. They both affect, and are affected by, the culture and design concepts of the world around them when they were originally conceived and sold to consumers all over the globe.
Some automobiles exemplify these qualities more than others. They serve as snapshots into the design concepts and culture when they were made; mementos of their time. Their influence is far-reaching and can be seen in more than just one model, make, or country. Sometimes, this cyclical nature of influence is amplified by a designer’s unique vision, an engineer’s technological breakthrough, or an executive’s bold plan. Something new and different comes from this and the ripples are felt throughout the automotive industry.
These are those cars.