Re: The Greatest Cars of the last 50 years
There are other cars that certainly equal or overshadow many of the vehicles in this list. The Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Fiat 128 and the Citroen SM (well, I would, wouldn't I?) come to mind. But none of them is a contender for top place. The VW Golf was arguably the most influential, and far more ‘important’ than any sports car, but I wouldn’t use a term like ‘great’ to describe it. In my mind that word limits the choice massively and, if I was being entirely objective, that would make the Veyron The Greatest, because of its hugely competent technology. But I couldn’t possibly countenance voting for that soulless device, the multi-function, radio controlled Casio watch of the car world. Yes, the McLaren has the depth the Bugatti lacks, and is a fantastically elegant piece of pure engineering but, considering these vehicles as they were viewed when they first appeared, the car that seemed to come from another planet, and pushed your expectations of a motor vehicle to another level, was the Citroen DS. However it always had horrid engines, so I’d vote for the runner up in my memory of awestruck wonderment, the Lamborghini Miura, forever beautiful, forever orange, no matter its many deficiencies.