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9 Oct 2015

Australia was as much of a home to the muscle car as the US was in the 1960’s, with their home grown Holdens and Fords looking like smaller versions of the US muscle cars, but with similar engines. There has long been a massive rivalry between Ford and Holden thanks to the Bathurst races, but we’re going to side with Holden for this one, choosing the 1969 Holden Monaro GTS350. The small body may have looked unassuming, but under the bonnet lay a 350ci (5.7 litre) V8 producing 300bhp and a wonderfully angry burble.

ENGLAND

 

England has such a huge number of automotive companies that to choose one car, the most influential or loved from all of them is one of the hardest tasks available. How do you choose? Most luxurious? Fastest? Best looking? Just looking at some of the manufacturers gives rise to some of the best cars ever made – Rolls Royce, McLaren, Bentley, Morgan, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lotus and many more. The Mini had an undeniable impact on the fact of small cars, but it’s not the best looking car, so I’m just going to choose the car that I think had the most impact on the world – the Jaguar E-Type. The E-Type reset what the world thought a super sports car was – until it was revealed in 1961 you had to go to Italy for a stunning looking fast sports car and they cost an absurd amount of money. The E-Type redefined that – it cost less than half the contemporary Ferrari’s price tag, looked absolutely incredible with the long shapely bonnet and pert tail and had a powerful 265bhp 3.8 litre straight-six engine which took it to 150mph. The world of sports cars was never the same.

FRANCE

This was a tough one too – as France has had some very very good cars over the years. The Peugeot 205 GTi is a landmark car and one that arguably still stands up today as the best hot hatch of all time. It also achieved rallying success world over, so ticks a lot of the boxes. Talking of influence though – the Renault Espace was the first MPV – something that is commonplace in every manufacturer’s lineup these days. But this is a somewhat personal list and I like pretty cars- so for me the best car France has ever made is the Alpine A110 1600S. Such a small, stunning looking car, it featured a little 1.6 litre four cylinder engine producing 138bhp, but weighed just 620kg so had great performance. The engine was slung out of the back, powering the rear wheels and it had wide tracks and a low centre of gravity so was exceptionally good fun to drive. It also took plenty of rallying victories, so it certainly earns its place here.

 ITALY

Hmm, and there I was thinking choosing an English car was going to be hard. Where to start with the Italians? Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Fiat – they’ve all made some of the best supercars, the best looking cars and most significant cars of all time, so where to start? Well the obvious route would be the classics, but should we cast aside the significance of the modern Italians? The Lamborghini Gallardo was the first mass-produced model by them and had huge sales, while the latest Ferrari 488GTB ushers in a new era of turbocharged mid-engined Ferraris which is equally as important to some. Another obvious choice could be the original Fiat 500 from 1957 with all of its 13bhp, but arguably it doesn’t have the significance of the Mini. So I’m going for another beautiful classic – the Lamborghini Miura. Now the Miura isn’t just significant because of how beautiful it is – and that could be it, as it’s still one of the most stunning cars ever penned – it also has a place in the automotive pantheon as it was the first production car to use the mid-engined, rear wheel drive layout – something that has gone on to be the staple layout of every great supercar to follow. The 3.9 litre V12 produced 350bhp and was mounted transversely to save space – most have since been mounted longitudinally. But frankly even these technological achievements pale into insignificance next to the sheer beauty of the Miura. Just look at it…

 JAPAN

 

Some of the world’s best sports cars have been created in Japan – the Nissan Skyline GTR, Subaru Impreza STi, Mitsubishi Evo, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7 to name just a few. But the favourite has to be the Honda NSX – a true supercar developed with the help of the legendary Ayrton Senna which turned out to be one of the best handling supercars of all time. With a mid-mounted 3.0 litre V6 producing 276bhp the NSX was never going to challenge the Italians on power, but it more than made up for it with pinpoint accurate handling and a balance that is unsurpassed today. The ultimate iteration was the first generation NSX Type-R, a car only sold in Japan and received a 120kg weight reduction taking it to a scant 1230kg. It also has race tuned suspension, more direct steering and though the engine was still stated as being 276bhp, it was a blueprinted engine and rumour had it that it made around 320bhp. These Type-Rs are now extremely rare as only 438 were ever made.

USA

I want it to be the Mustang, I really do. I love Mustangs, Camaros, 60/70’s muscle cars, modern muscle cars, all of them really. But if you want to choose the most significant American car of all time it has to go to only one car – the Ford Model T. Put in simple terms the Model T was the first ever mass production car that brought the automobile within the reach of the common man. Before it was launched in 1908 the automobile was the reserve of the elite, with the cars all hand built and incredibly expensive. Ford created the first assembly line meaning the process could be automated, saving time and labour. And it certainly paid off – by 1918 half of the cars in America were Model T’s. It paved the way for all automotive manufacture in the future and was voted the most influential car of the 20th Century, quite an accolade and one that cements its place in this list.

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