Top 10 Most Important Cars of All Time

Top 10 Most Important Cars of All Time

Bugatti Veyron

So far this list has covered cars like the Prius and Mini, practical, everyday vehicles that are efficient drive and totally mundane in their familiarity. The Bugatti Veyron is none of this.

Perhaps the most awe-inspiring production car ever built this ultra-luxurious coupe stickered for a cool €1 million when it was launched in 2006.

At first blush that sounds like an exorbitant figure, but a quick glance at the specifications list and it starts to seem almost reasonable. For starters the car is capable of exceeding 250 miles an hour if you can find a road that’s long enough and a driver sufficiently deranged to attempt the feat.

The Veyron is constructed of a mélange of exotic materials including carbon fiber and titanium. Its mid-mounted engine is a technological masterpiece. For starters it’s a W16 – think of two V8s joined at a common crankshaft. The unit displaces a gargantuan 8.0-liters and is pumped up by a quartet of turbos. Add it all up and the grand total is 1,001 metric horsepower. Did von Braun’s Saturn V rocket that hauled Apollo 11 to the moon generate this much thrust?

A seven-speed automatic transmission handles shifting duties and seems like an afterthought in the process. All-wheel-drive, a prerequisite with this much oomph on tap puts the power to the ground.

  • The Veyron was included as one of the 10 most important cars? I don’t understand that. It is such a limited production vehicle, and the technologies used in it are nowhere near usable on any other vehicle. If you want an important sports car that has had significant influence on the cars of today, how about the Lamborghini Muira, the first mid-engined volume production car? Its influence can be seen in cars from any number of manufacturers from Ferrari (many), Audi (R8), Pontiac (Fiero), Ford (Pantera and GT40), almost all Lamborghinis since the Muira), Maserati (Bora and Merak), and on and on. The Veyron itself uses the same layout.


  • Urbanwheelman

    How can the title have the most obvious of spelling errors. Importat?  Tsk. Tsk.

  • Rod

    “The Bugatti Veyron is none of this…”
    Yeah, and it’s damn ugly, too.

  • Guest

    Most disappointing list ever.

  • prius04

    The $250 price you quote for the Model T has no context.   In 1927 the average weekly wage was $30 a week or so.  Thus it took about 8 weeks to afford the car.  Today the average weekly wage is about $800 so after 8 weeks you would have about $6500.  This shows it would still be quite cheap but you would have better context.

  • Calvin_guest

    Worst list of anything that Ive ever seen ever. die. die slowly.

  • Op Industries_1

    How did the Volvo 240 “brick” not make this list??

  • Mick

    To add to the Airflow’s importance, the first car Toyota ever made was basically a copy of the Chrysler: the Toyota AA.

  • acronus

    You’re kidding me, where is the Citroen DS on this list?