5 Most Iconic Cars in History
Cars have always been popular and since the popularity of motorsports, there has been a constant demand for high performance and powerful cars. While there is countless number of cars that have been manufactured throughout the globe, there are a few, which have received an iconic status. Be it through their appearance in cinema or their sales, listed below are some of the most popular cars in history.
- Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB
Manufactured between 1953 and 1964, the Ferrari 250 was one of the most successful car series by the Italian manufacturers. The GT Berlinetta SWB was launched in 1959 and is noted to be one of the most successful GT racers of all time. The car was designed by a team of three designers who also produced the highly popular 250 GTO. Noted for its striking two-tone interiors and disc brakes (the first time for Ferrari cars) and the powerful Tipo V12 engine, the GT Berlinetta SWB also won the constructor’s championship in 1961. With such a classic in your hands, it is important that you also enquire about cheap car insurance prices in the market, as it might be expensive to find parts for your GT Berlinetta.
- Lamborghini Countach
Although the scissor doors were first featured in the Alfa Romeo Carabo, it was the Countach that popularized them to the masses. The car was designed by Bertone studio’ legendary designer Marcello Gandini and was one of the first cars to use a wedge shaped design seen commonly in racing cars. The Countach was powered by a trademark Lamborghini V12 engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. Released in 1974, the car became an icon due to its futuristic design and for introducing new concepts in automobile design.
- Tucker Torpedo
Also known as, the Tucker 48, the Torpedo was released in the market in 1947 by the American Tucker Car Corporation. Its unique chrome laden exteriors with a flat 6 rear engine made it an instant hit during the post war period. The most noticeable feature of the torpedo is its 3 headlight setup that provided it with an iconic look.
- Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
The 33 Stradale was launched in the market by Italian manufacturers Alfa Romeo, with a view of introducing a street-friendly racing car. Powered by a 2 liter V8 engine, the 33 Stradale only saw 18 cars in production and was also noted for being the first car to feature butterfly doors. Interestingly the car was designed by the legendary Franco Scaglione who also designed cars for Lamborghini, Fiat and Maserati. The 33 Stradale was an instant craze among the car enthusiasts at its launch in 1967. However, the car wasn’t that commercially successful due to its expensive pricing and was built on order.
- Rolls-Royce Phantom
When combining class with power and reliability, no one does it better than the British automobile giants ‘Rolls-Royce’. This amalgam of class, performance and luxury is seen best in the long running Phantom series, which was launched in 1925 and was also used as the official car of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain. The latest variants of the Phantom are powered by a V12 engine with automatic gearboxes. Apart from these, the phantom is also famous for its luxury features such as sunroof, more than 44,000 color options, umbrella compartments and the signature RR logos on the wheels that stay upright.
From the nearly endless list of iconic cars in the world, it is a tough task to list only five. Nevertheless, these above mentioned cars have been famous throughout the globe due to their unconventional design and functions and can certainly be termed as iconic in their own class.