Nothing changed the world like the car. A car is not just a convenience, a means of carrying people and things long distances in short periods of time.
For more people in more places around the world than anything else, the car is freedom. It is the most extraordinary device, man’s greatest creation to date.
But there are cars and there are cars. Most simply try to improve on what’s gone before. But a few have sought not merelyto be better, but to be different. Sometimes it doesn’t work – remarkably, Subaru’s idea of a four-wheel drive system activated by the windscreen wipers failed to, ahem, gain traction – but just a tiny number have altered the course of automotive history for the better.
If cars changed the world, as they most assuredly did, below, then, are those that changed the world of the car.
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Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost - 1907