25 cars that changed the motoring world: Part 2

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Here's part 2 of the 25 cars that changed the motoring world.

We hope you enjoyed part 1 of the 25 cars that changed the motoring world last week?

Silverstone Classic Car show is getting closer - if you're heading to the event, don't forget you can see Ford Capri 'Blanco', star of our restoration blog, at the Admiral stand. And, our friendly staff will be on-hand to answer any of your classic car questions!

But without any further ado, here's part 2 of the 25 cars that changed the motoring world.

Enjoy!

Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Miura© Alfvanbeem

Acknowledged as the first mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car, the Miura created the mould for what we consider a supercar today. Aside from that, it also happens to bite your hand beautifully; it's arguably one of the most sensationally stunning cars ever built. It pushed the motor car into a different realm, beyond just a conveyancer, cars became objects of desire.

Interesting Fact: The engineering team designed the car in their spare time, against the wishes of founder Mr Lamborghini, who wanted to produce big, meaty sedans instead of nimble two seaters.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang© OSXII

The Mustang didn't just start a trend, it created a completely new segment in the car market. The Mustang's ingredients - based on the platform of a more mundane family saloon but dressed in a party frock - showed the world that style and performance wasn't exclusive to the upper classes.

Don't believe us? Simply look at how many other companies jumped on the bandwagon after seeing the unprecedented sales success the Mustang became. Even Ford of Europe gave it a go with the uber successful Capri. Style, good looks and a huge options list meant the car could truly become unique to its owner. While later Mustangs may have lost their way, the original is still a perfect example of style and substance.

Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959

Ferrari F40
© Frozefficient

Porsche 959
© OSXII

Yes, we are cheating here slightly, picking two cars as one entry but please bear with us! It would be wrong to include the one without the other as their significance to each other is just as important as their individual significance to the motoring world.

The 959 was launched in 1986 as a homologation special and became the fastest road going production car ever. Just one year after Porsche started making deliveries of the 959, Ferrari launched the F40 in Maranello; aiming to clinch the fastest road car title back.

Even though the performance stats are extremely similar, the cars couldn't be more different. The 959 is a technological tour de force and one of the first high performance cars to have all wheel drive fitted as standard. The Ferrari, on the other hand, is a stripped out racer with its Kevlar body and Spartan (very Spartan) interior - no carpets, no stereos not even fixed door handles. But this helped the F40 become the first road going production car to crack 200mph. The rivalry was big and even sparks debate today, some 28 years later. But the impact was even bigger.

Ford GT40

Ferrari F40© Pyrope

Sleek, powerful, glamorous and from Ford. So how did the GT40 change the motoring world? Simple, it showed the world that Ferrari could be beaten. Born out of anger, Henry Ford II entered into negotiations to buy Ferrari and spent several million in auditing the company only to have Enzo Ferrari unilaterally close the door on the whole deal. Enraged, Ford instructed his racing division to build a car that could beat Ferrari on the world endurance racing circuit.

Interesting Fact: The '40' in its name stands for the height of the car, just 40 inches, which was a requirement for endurance racing during the '60s.

Knight Industries Two Thousand

Knight Industries Two Thousand
© K.I.T.T 1982

The Knight Industries 2000, better known as K.I.T.T, is a car comprising of artificial intelligence, fully automated computer command and powered by the Knight Industries turbo jet. Armoured with a molecular bonded shell and pyroclastic lamination, KITT, as stated by Devon Miles, was the fastest, safest, strongest car in the world.

In reality the car was a third generation Pontiac Trans Am with the addition of an extended nose cone, the famous red scanner and a digital dashboard. The dash looks dated now but at the time was a world of difference from the mainstream motor car. The Trans Am also looked futuristic; it was the most aerodynamic car tested by GM to date in 1982 which helped KITT become a beacon of the future.

Although Knight Rider left our screens many years ago (1982 - '86) KITT's legacy lives on as we get ever closer to autonomous vehicles and receive more digital readouts in cars and even TV screens as standard.

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