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Top 10 Iconic Cars - Part Two

Top 10 Iconic Cars - Part Two

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ASTON MARTIN DB5: “I may be the prat in the hat, that’s cool, but I drive an Aston Martin DB5.” (Jamiroquai, Musician) 

Named after Sir David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin between 1947-1972 – this British luxury grand tourer was designed by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. Over 1,000 vehicles were made in small numbers between 1963-1965. 

This beautiful car boasts an impressive maximum speed of 145mph, with a 4.0 litre all-aluminium engine and 5-speed manual gearbox (the first few made were only 4-speed). 

The quintessential James Bond car; first appearing in Goldfinger in 1964, then making several subsequent appearances in later films. After being dubbed the ‘most famous car in the world’ at New York World’s Fair in 1964 to advertise the film Goldfinger, sales understandably increased. 

Style personified, to own an Aston Martin DB5 is a very special thing.

CADILLAC ELDORADO: Began life as a concept vehicle, to celebrate General Motors’ Golden Anniversary in 1952; this premium 2-door luxury car was named Eldorado meaning ‘the gilded one’ in Spanish. 

Designed by Harley Earl and made in Detroit, Michigan USA, there were 12 generations of the Cadillac Eldorado made over a 50-year period: 1952-2002. 

Between 1956-1960, nameplates were used to differentiate between the two styles; Eldorado Seville (hardtop) and Eldorado Biarritz (convertible). 

The Cadillac Eldorado in its many generations, appears frequently in film and tv – and in doing so has become an emblem of American style.

PORSCHE 911: “I couldn’t find the car of my dreams, so I built it myself’ (Ferdinand Porsche) We had to include a Porsche. And this is the only Porsche. 

Originally named the Porsche 901, but as Peugeot had registered all 3-digit numbers with a ‘0’ in the middle – it became the Porsche 911. 

First made in 1963, by Porsche AG in Stuttgart, Germany. The Porsche 911 has an epic 197 mph maximum speed and unusually a rear mounted flat-six engine. Over 1 million vehicles have been made to date and while the design has been continually developed, the basic concept has remained unchanged. 

Still winning awards this century, the 911 came 5th in the Car of the Century competition in 1999. It was only one of two in that Top 5 that were still in production at the time - the other car – the original Volkswagen Beetle ceased production in 2003.

LAND ROVER: This British 4-wheel drive/off-road capable vehicle was first built by the Rover Company in 1948 in Solihull, Warwickshire. 

Designed by Maurice Wilks on his farm in Newborough, Anglesey. It appears to have been influenced by the Jeep – in fact the prototype was built on a Jeep chassis and axles. The green colour of the early vehicles was determined by a military surplus of aircraft cockpit paint. 

The Land Rover was officially launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show in April 1948, The Land Rover Series would eventually became its own brand; starting with the 1970 Range Rover and later the Discovery, Freelander and Defender.

The original Land Rover is a British icon. King George VI granted it a Royal Warrant in 1951 (an award given to those who supply goods to the Royal Court/Persons since the 15th century) and in 2001, Land Rover was given the Queens Award for contribution to international trade. 

Popular from farmers to royals and those in between – the Land Rover Series is still in production after 70 years.

DELOREAN DMC: In this Top 10 purely for ‘iconic’ value. Thanks to starring as the ‘time machine’ in the Back to the Future films, it’s futuristic gull-wing doors and brushed stainless steel outer panels – its image is an easy one to conjure. 

It was the only vehicle made by the DeLorean Motor Company between 1981-1983. Designed by Giorgetto Gingiaro, the DeLorean has a rear engine, rear-wheel drive and early investors included Sammy Davis Jr and Johnny Carson. Construction began in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland in 1978. 

The car was initially known for its disappointing lack of power and performance - given its exciting space-age appearance expectations were high. 

Most quality issues had been resolved by 1982, but by late 1982 DeLorean had gone bankrupt following John DeLorean’s arrest in October on drug trafficking charges. Despite him being found not guilty of these charges, the company could not recover.

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