Say whatever you want about the Americans, but we’re great at a lot of things, and making industry-shaking cars is definitely one of our strongest suits. US cars have been at the vanguard of the automobile revolution even before Ford’s Model T jumped on that assembly line. Believe it or not, but car stereo, electric starters, automatic transmission, and even V8 engines are all American-made, meaning they were invented right here, in the land of dreams. Come on, you can’t say that none of those things made an impact on the way we drive and the way we enjoy it. Oh, and yeah, we also hammered out muscle cars! How about that? When the US manufacturers really nail it, we get top-end performance, glamour, royalty, affordability and then some. And Detroit’s giants, the Big Three – Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have a lot of muscle-happy background, with the Mustang, Camaro, and Dodge being at the forefront. So let’s start our list of Cars That Changed Industry!
Shaping The Industry Since The Great Depression
The now-funny streamliners from the 30’s were some kind of a beacon of hope during the scary Great Depression times. In the 50’s American cars showed us that we can prosper after WW2 and make great vehicles along with it. In the 60’s we rolled out the muscle cars – ground-scorching and all about that acceleration and speed. Plus, you had life-changing designs and that unique kind of freedom that only the 60’s could offer to the world.
And in the 21st century, US giants proved that they know a thing or two about making exotic luxury models that can compete with the European super-cars in a fair fight. Alright, so, now that we’ve established that America knows how to make a big bang with automobiles, let’s take a look at the best, trail-blazing and air-shattering “native” cars that forever changed the industry and became walking, talking and breathing heroes of our time. Or, rather, riding, roaring, and fuel-sipping :).
The greatest thing about this car is that it looked nothing like what was happening in the industry in the ’48: while most of the models on the market were pretty much the same as before the war, the Tucker’s design was quite the futuristic one, and, considering the 3rd headlight that moved with the wheels, a padded dash, and a safety-friendly reinforced passenger cell, that’s no surprise.
However, due to certain events, the company that was manufacturing this amazing road-runner went bankrupt: it was a nation-wide scandal, with fraud accusations and US government interventions. Still, all that nonsense can’t make you love the Tucker 48 any less. By the way, there were only 51 units made, so, thanks to the historical significance, the rarity and the extra kind of appeal, this car is one of the most expensive American-built models right now.
For example, back in August 2014 a fancy Tucker 48 was sold by RM Sothebys for staggering 1.5 million dollars! Talk about Americans going for cheap, right?
Eldorado is Caddy’s biggest fish to date. Introduced 62 years ago, this smooth, laid-back and gorgeous car was the best friend of the biggest names in history – Eisenhower (yep, the president) and Elvis Presley (yep, the singer).
By the end of the decade, the Eldorado pretty much monopolized the market of luxury cars. In 67 General Motors released the two-door edition, calling it the personal luxury coupe for the most fortunate. As you could imagine, royalty like that never fades away and always stays relevant (and quite expensive). In 2015 a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado was sold at the Amelia Island auction for just under 150K. True, that’s like 10 times cheaper than the Tucker, but still, plenty to go around, so to speak. No wonder that this car is in our Cars That Changed Industry list.
In the 1950’s, after World War 2 was over and folks were steadily getting back to their normal lives, the market of sports cars was open for suggestions. However, there wasn’t even a single American manufacturer that could make them. And the first one to break this awkward silence was none other than Chevrolet: in 1953 they rolled out the now-legendary Corvette, quite a beautiful baby with a low-budget powertrain and poor reliability/durability.
Two years later the engineers managed to fix all the flaws and pumped up the performance. Today the Corvette is one of the most loved and most respected American cars, right next to Chevy’s own Camaro, Ford’s Mustang and a couple of other iconic models. Talking about customer love, I gotta say that in 2014 a ’67 Corvette was sold for 3.85mil! That’s the most expensive Chevy deal ever!
Cars That Changed Industry – Ford Mustang
If you’re a loving wife and you wanna make your husband happy, buy him a 2015 Ford Mustang. It won’t cost you much (30K tops), but you’ll make him one of the happiest men on Earth! This handsome stud is the king of affordable muscle cars and a timeless legend all at the same time. It was first introduced in 1964 (at the World’s Fair) and immediately joined the race of powertrain-strong American vehicles. By 1967 the Mustang was already one of the best in the field, rivaling the Camaro, Firebird, and Barracuda and selling impressive 1.7 million units in 3 years! Today, 50 years later, this car is still on the pedestal, and, after the recent redesign and re-introduction, I’m more than confident that it’s got another 5 decades ahead -maybe more.
And one last thing: right now the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro are two of the greatest muscles cars to date, partially thanks to the companies’ efforts and huge investments. You’ve got the 2015 Mustang doing great, the Shelby 350(R) doing great, and the Camaro is up to greatness as well, especially with the affordable price tag and a new design. That’s why we see this beautiful vehicle here? in our list of Cars That Changed Industry!
Yes, this is the second Ford automobile in the list, and that’s why the Blue Oval manufacturer is often named the best of the Big Three. If you want to learn about the upcoming 2017 GT that’s well on its way, go check out my review. And if you’re all about reminiscing and shedding a couple of those nostalgic tears, stick around. The second generation GT was built during 2004-2006, but 3 years were more than enough to forever conquer our hearts. It was a modern redesign of the legendary racer car GT40 that was released back in the 60’s. And in order to let folks know that the 2004 version was just a modern “re-shake” of the 4.5 decades-old icon, they kept the exterior design almost untouched. The new GT featured a mighty supercharged 5.4-lit V8 that jumped from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and had a top speed of 206mph! And even though this speedster was a huge success, production ended in 2006 after 4K units were made. Well, it’s great to know that Ford is bringing it back for 2016-2017.
Hennessey Venom GT
Alright, even Ford can’t compete with this 1 million dollars-worth monster. It’s simply not a fair fight. If you’re a fan of the industry, you might remember that 10 years ago – in 2005 – the Bugatti Veyron broke the record and proclaimed itself as the fastest and the most powerful automobile in history. Texas owns HPE (Hennessey Performance Engineering) decided they could do better and introduced the ridiculously fast Venom that’s capable of 270 miles per hour. It didn’t take the HPE magicians long to snatch the title and become world-class pros, but it took a lot of work behind the curtains. The Venom GT comes with a super-lightweight body and chassis, borrowed from Lotus Exige, and a scary-strong turbocharged 7.2-lit V8 from General Motors that puts out enormous 1244Horsepower! In addition to the fact that this car is now the fastest one out there, the company officially announced that they’ll be producing only 10 Venom GTs a year, which makes it one of the rarest supercars in the Whole White World. Remember how Zoom stole the Flash’s speed and swagga in the comic books (and/or the current show on the CW)? Well, Venom did that exact thing with Bugatti Veyron in real life.
Cars That Changed Industry – Summing Up
From 40’s classics to modern-day monsters, from affordability to luxury to off-the-charts price-tags, these six American classics shaped the automobile industry and a couple of generations along with it. Their impact on our lives can’t be truly measured, by I can tell you this: they earned themselves a place in history and will forever have a place in our hearts. And it’s safe to say that without the legendary Ford Mustang/GT or the iconic Caddy Eldorado the world of auto cars wouldn’t be the same. Who knows, maybe we would still be driving those clumsy Ford Model Ts or something steam-powered. Or what about electricity-only models? Tesla would’ve approved!
So, on this note, let’s close our list of Cars That Changed Industry.
See this video—>Ford Mustang 1965,1967,1968,1969,1970,1997,2005,2006,2010.: