In the 100 or so years that cars have become an integral part of our culture, there have been historic events and other cultural phenomena in which automobiles have taken a significant role and become nearly synonymous with the event, person, or fictional story.
24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the most iconic cars from history from a variety of sources, including automobile information aggregator edmunds.com.
Many events that we associate with cars are pleasant experiences, such as watching our favorite movies or television shows. Some cars have become associated with tragedy, while others are connected to infamous events or people.
Moviegoers in the 1960s were enthralled by the gadgetry of James Bond’s 1963 Aston Martin DB5 in the film “Goldfinger,” one of the most iconic cars in film. Older television viewers may recall the merry chase that good ole boys Luke and Bo Duke led crooked sheriffs and politicians on in “The Dukes of Hazzard” in their 1969 Dodge Charger, also known as “General Lee.”
Two of the most infamous people in history, fascist dictator Adolf Hitler and one of the most notorious criminals in U.S. history Al Capone, had custom-made, bullet-proof vehicles built to thwart assassination attempts.
Two of the most pivotal events in the 20th century involved incidents that occurred in cars. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife were killed while riding in a 1911 Graf & Stift Double Phaeton in Serbia in 1914. This set in motion events that led to World War I, one of the most expensive wars in U.S. history. Nearly 50 years later, President John F. Kennedy was slain by a sniper in Dallas while riding with his wife in a 1961 Ford Lincoln convertible, one of the most famous assassinations in American history.
To determine the most iconic cars in history, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed selections and opinions from a variety of sources, including popularmechanics.com, hotcars.com, axleaddict.com, and automobile information aggregator edmunds.com. We also used editorial discretion to consider cars that made a cultural impact by appearing in motion pictures as well as autos that became associated with a newsworthy event, such as the 1934 Ford Model 730 Deluxe Sedan carrying outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.