Today’s top tech and gadget news story is the old fart’s top 10 coolest cars of all time. Now to some a ‘cool’ car is expensive, stylish, and powerful. However, for a car to make my list of really cool cars, it has to meet certain other criteria. You see I consider innovation, practicality, and functionality to be the primary qualifications of cool. So sit back and enjoy being cool schooled as I list the top 10 cars that put the “oo” in cool.
Cool Cats Love Cool Cars
10. The 1966 Batmobile. Designed and built by Barris Kustom City in North Hollywood, California, the Batmobile was one very cool car. I mean how cool is a vehicle with laser beams, a hydraulically operated chain and cable cutter, internally mounted rockets in the front grill, triple rocket tubes on the back, power accelerator, batscope, twin parachutes, aircraft style windshields, exterior fire extinguishment system and anti-theft control?
9. The 1953 Corvette. The first model, a convertible, was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept car, and America fell in love. The Corvette become internationally known as “America’s Sports Car”, and Automotive News said that the Corvette became synonymous with freedom and adventure after ‘starring’ in the early 1960s television show Route 66. The Corvette is both the most successful concept car in history, and the most popular sports car in history, so it definitely deserves itself a spot on my cool car list.
Mark My Word: A Combination Airplane And Motorcar Is Coming
8. The 1949 Aerocar. In 1940, Henry Ford famously predicted: “Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” And, in 1949 his prediction came true. The Aerocar, designed and built by Molt Taylor, was successfully driven and flown. Early rock and roller Chuck Berry featured the concept in his 1956 song “You Can’t Catch Me”, and in December 1956 the Civil Aviation Authority approved the design for mass production. But despite wide publicity, and an improved version produced in 1989, Taylor never succeed in getting the flying car into production. In total, only six Aerocars were built, but others still pursue the dream.
7. The number seven spot of my top 10 coolest cars of all time actually goes to a whole group of cars, the convertibles, first introduced in 1927 Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln, and Chrysler. Though the first manually retractable hardtop was invented in 1922, the real emergence of convertibles happened when the above mentioned manufacturers brought multiple convertible models to the eager American public, and they’ve been popular every since. The first power-operated retractable hardtop came out in 1934.
6. The 1940 Ferrari. Everybody knows of them, and everybody wants one. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 out of Alfa Romeo’s race division as Auto Avio Costruzioni, the company built its first car in 1940.The rest they say, was history. But Ferrari didn’t just rule in style, speed and power, in 2018 the 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most expensive car in history, setting an all-time record selling price of $70 million. Ferrai took automotive class to a whole new level, and is one incredibly cool car.
Tesla Put The First Automobile In Space
5. The 2008 Tesla. Since the first Tesla rolled off a production line, it’s been a leader in innovation and function. In 2019 Tesla was ranked as the world’s best-selling plug-in, as well as best-selling battery electric passenger car manufacturer, both as a brand and by automotive group. Oh, I did I mention it was the fastest mass production vehicle ever made? It was so powerful that on test drives early salesmen would ask prospective drivers to try to turn up the radio as they accelerated, knowing that the gravity force the car generated would stop a person from being able to lift their arm. So, it is my opinion that Tesla makes one very, very cool car.
4. 1942 Schwimmwagen, the world’s first commercially produced amphibious car. It was a small jeep-like 4×4 vehicle designed by the Porsche engineering firm. The amphibious bodywork was designed by Erwin Komenda, and it worked so well that the Schwimmwagen was widely used during World War II. Now, while there may have been other amphibious vehicles before it, it was the first large scale production of one that could be used both commercially and recreationally. And, let’s be honest, we all secretly want a amphibious car because it’s one very cool transportation tool.
3. The 1913 Ford Model T. Created by the Ford Motor Company in 1908, the model T became the first automobile to be mass-produced on a moving assembly line. Though the car itself was not all that innovative, the way that it was produced sure as heck made it practical and affordable, and therefore one of history’s all time coolest cars.
The Marcus Gave Us The Automotive Engines of Today
2. The 1880 Marcus. The Marcus was the first vehicle with a four-cycle, gasoline-powered engine that featured an ingenious carburetor design and magneto ignition, engines that lead to the modern engines of today. Needless to say four cycle engine powered car exist to this day, so how cool is that?
1. The 1769 steam-powered Cugnot. Taking my number 1 spot, though it may have had only 3 wheels and a top speed of 2.25 miles per hour (3.6 km/h), the vehicle designed and built by built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot has to be the coolest car of all time, because it’s what most experts consider the be first car of all time! And it was the first time that the reciprocating motion of a steam piston was converted into a rotary motion by means of a ratchet arrangement to power a piston, so hat’s off to Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot.
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