10 of the Most Iconic Old-School Cars Ever Made
The motor vehicle has come a long way since the first ever model hit the streets back in the 1800s designed by German inventor, Karl Benz.
For any car fanatic, there are probably a few iconic models that are undoubtedly etched in their brains, inspiring their fascination of the motor vehicle.
In general, the world has held a fascination with cars since they began rolling off the assembly line. What started out as oversized, grand designs are now honed for speed, safety, and convenience in today's motoring world.
But there's just something about old school cars...whether it's their design, grandeur or reputation, here are 10 of the best for a trip down memory lane...
1. The Duesenberg Model J
Undoubtedly one of the oldest cars on this list, the Duesenberg was first produced in 1913 and was considered one of the first luxury cars of its time.
Based in Auburn, Indiana, the company produced these vehicles from 1913-1937. At the time, the Model J Duesenberg was considered one of the fastest cars on the road, able to reach over 135 miles per hour.
Due to this, the Duesenberg was, and still is, considered a technological marvel in motoring and still holds legendary status.
2. The 1957 Corvette
No list of old school cars would be complete without a mention of the iconic Chevrolet, especially the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette.
The 1957 Corvette was the first model of its kind to feature four-speed manual transmission as well as high-performance brakes and suspension. In fact, the Chevrolet Corvette is considered one of the most iconic sports cars ever to be made.
The Corvette has been manufactured over 6 different generations and is sold all over the globe. Each generation of vehicle features its own set of unique features, making the Corvette an expansive and dynamic brand of car.
3. The Shelby Cobra
The AC Cobra was first invented as a luxury sports car in Britain in the 1960s. But when American car racer, Carroll Shelby, requested a slight modification, thus the Shelby Cobra was born.
He requested that the AC Cobra be modified to race with a V8 engine. Along with the modified engine size came changes to the chassis and body to support a wider design that made the car more stable in turns and under acceleration.
4. The Rolls Royce Phantom
The Rolls Royce Phantom was originally a replacement vehicle for the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. But with its incredible new design, beautiful new features, and much-improved engine, the Phantom took over as the ''car of the moment''.
Produced in both America and the United Kingdom, the Phantom was considered a state-of-the-art vehicle for its time.
5. The 1959 Cadillac Eldorado
This iconic Cadillac is well-known the world over. There is not a single old school car parade that wouldn't feature the Cadillac, most especially, the Eldorado.
The Eldorado was featured in the Cadillac line from 1953-2002 and is the longest running manufactured car within the Cadillac line. While styles and mechanics have evolved over the years, the Eldorado has long been one of the most popular models ever produced by Cadillac. To this end, it's considered a true legend within the luxury car world.
6. The Shelby Mustang Cobra
While everybody knows the iconic Ford Mustang, the Shelby Mustang Cobra is a high-performance variation of the iconic American sports car.
The Shelby Mustang was manufactured from 1965-1970 and was originally meant to compete with the Shelby Corvette. The lesser know model never came to production, but undoubtedly would have become another widely celebrated classic sports car.
Both cars were notable at the time for their power, incredible mechanics, and sleek design.
7. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL
The Mercedes-Benz is probably one of the most widely known and widely driven cars of every generation since it was first manufactured. But originally, it was not intended for such mass popularity.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was first introduced to the public in 1954 as a two-seater, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. It was loosely based on the design of Mercedes-Benz's competition-only car of 1952. Later on, it was introduced as an open roadster.
In the 1950s, the 300SL was considered the fastest road car of its day and quickly became very popular amongst sports car enthusiasts.
8. The 1969 Chevelle
The Chevelle quickly became one of General Motor's most popular and successful models of car, produced from 1964-1977.
What began as a mid-sized car quickly evolved into different models ranging from coupes to convertibles, and even family-sized cars.
In 1969 the high-performance SuperSport Chevelle model was manufactured and soon became the car of the moment for speed demons!
9. The 1957 Ford Thunderbird
The introduction of the 1957 Ford Thunderbird paved the way for the market of personal luxury cars that we are now familiar with today.
Manufactured by the Ford Motor Company, this is one of the longest running models within the Ford range, manufactured for 50 years from 1955-2005.
Legend has it that the Thunderbird namesake was inspired by a mythological Native American creature that emphasized speed and power.
10. The Porsche 911
What list of iconic old school cars would be complete without a mention of the Porsche 911? The 911 model was manufactured by Porsche AG of Germany and is well-known for its simplistic design. The 911 has impressively been adapted for many purposes, including rallying and racing over time.
First introduced in 1963, the Porsche 911 has undergone continuous development over the years. Despite this, it has retained the original silhouette that made it famous.
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