Usually it’s a novel design or special features that are either unique to the car or are some sort of breakthrough at the time introduced some sort of breakthrough. But perhaps more than anything, it’s the eventual acceptance of the car in the American psyche as iconic.
Maybe one of these iconic autos might be the first car you ever bought, like the Dodge Charger. In the 1950s, muscle cars started to muscle into the culture, with cars such as the Corvette. Another American icon, the Mustang, may have been the car you and your friends drove across the country after you graduated college.
24/7 Wall St. has reviewed various sources such as automobile information aggregator edmunds.com. and popular mechanics.com to compile a list of the most iconic classic American cars.
Though the automobile has its origins in Europe, it was in the United States that automotive travel became inextricably linked with personal liberty and freedom. And it was in America that the society-changing Model T put ordinary Americans on the road at the beginning of the 20th century, in the process becoming one of the most iconic cars in history.
Once the car became embedded in American culture, it became a gauge of trends and changing styles and tastes. The sleek, aerodynamically-styled Chrysler Airflow, produced in the 1930s, reflected the cultural impact of the Art Deco movement. After World War II, Americans gravitated toward the muscle car trend, and our list contains notable examples of such vehicles. One of the most famous of these is the Ford Mustang GT, which actor Steve McQueen drove in one of cinema’s most famous car chases — making the Ford Mustang GT one of the most iconic cars in film history.