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Cars that became part of popular culture

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The majority of the population simply want a car that gets them from a to b in relative comfort and safety. Sometimes however, this humble workhorse can, for whatever reason, be transformed into a vehicle that is recognisable for decades; not always for the best reasons however…

VW Beetle

The Beetle was a product of Hitler’s Germany, he wanted a reliable car for the people. Thankfully, this reliable car worked very well for the rest of the world too. When it was first shipped to America in 1949, sales grew slowly. However, by 1968, over 400,000 Beetles were being sent to America alone. The car was popular with everyone, from young drivers to hippies.

Ford F-Series

Trucks are king in America, they’re woven into the fabric of the nation. The historic tussle between Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge (Ram) has always been entertaining, however, Ford have always come out on top. The truck offers supreme towing capability, a luxurious interior and a powerful engine in the front. The F-Series has been the bestselling vehicle in America for 41 consecutive years!

VW Bus

Once again, VW have made their way on to our list. The Bus had a humble role, it was simply meant to be a cheap and robust form of transportation capable of hauling both gear and people. Vans were in high demand in Europe as countries took on the task of rebuilding their war-savaged landscape. Due to their arduous life, picking up a well-maintained example now can cost beyond the six-digit threshold!

Ford Mustang

Ford debuted the Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair, it exceeded all of their expectations massively! It instantly became America’s must have car. This was only encouraged by a range of cameos in hit movies such as Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and perhaps most famously, Steve McQueen’s Bullitt. The legacy of the Bullitt still lives on today, for its 50th anniversary Ford released a special edition, designed just like the 1968 movie car.

Toyota Prius

The Prius can’t take the title for being the first hybrid to hit the market, it is however undoubtedly the most eminent early hybrid to be sold. When it was first released, no one was quite sure what to make of it, some saw it as the car of the future, whilst others expected it to flop. Nearly 20 years on since its first sale and hybrid technology is at the forefront of every manufacturers design.

“Without doubt the Prius has got to be the most influential car on this list, to take a hybrid car to a nation that adores big gas guzzling engines and still be for sale 18 years later takes some amazing marketing. It also paved the way for other hybrid vehicles to introduce themselves to the market.” Ryan Glon, Crompton Way Motors.