Cars That Mattered

From the Tin Lizzie to the Toyota, some autos were more than a ride

The automobile is one of the inventions that defined the 20th century from start to finish. Hundreds of companies have produced millions of cars over the past 99 years, but a handful of models stand out for their technical, cultural or commercial significance:

1) FORD MODEL T Henry Ford used a single design and inexpensive, mass-produced parts to make his pioneering vehicle affordable to millions.

2) VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE The people's car became a 20th century icon as well as a huge commercial success, despite its provenance as a project of Hitler's. The Bug slowly caught on in the '50s...

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