There is no shortage of record-breaking, history-making cars. This industry has gone through a bevy of innovations for well over a century. This guide takes you through three of the most important cars in history. Through these stories, you’ll see how a single vehicle can influence an industry for many, many years,
1908 Ford Model T
Whether you’re listing three of the most important cars in history or two, the list would not be complete without Henry Ford’s Model T on it. There are two factors that make this vehicle so important. The first being that it single-handedly created an industry giant in the form of the Ford Motor Company. Second, but more importantly, is the fact that the Ford Model T was the first-ever mass-produced automobile. The modern automobile industry wouldn’t be what it is today without the assembly line standards created by Ford’s innovative vehicle over 100 years ago.
1945 Willys-Overland CJ-2A
The CJ-2A is not the first Jeep, nor is it the second. This is because Jeeps like the Willys MA were making waves on the WWII battlefield years prior. In fact, one of the possible origins of the Jeep name goes all the way back to the first World War.
However, the CJ-2A bridged the gap between the Jeep’s military career and its legacy as a civilian vehicle. It’s with this vehicle that Willys-Overland got 4×4’s into the hands of everyday folks throughout the United States for the very first time. Marketing for the CJ-2A originally skewed towards farmers, but over time, the mass appeal of Jeeps grew larger and larger. This paved the way for popular vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler later down the road.
1997 Toyota Prius
To be clear, we’re not putting the 1997 Toyota Prius here because it’s a beautiful car. However, its impact on the modern industry is undeniable because this was the first car to introduce hybrid technology to the general public. The 1997 Toyota Prius is the first-ever mass-produced automobile powered by a battery. Thanks to the success of the Prius, other manufacturers in the automobile industry took notice and began producing hybrid vehicles for the public.
Now that you’ve read these stories, hopefully, you have a new appreciation for these vehicles. A car like the 1997 Prius might not look like a gamechanger on the outside, but nobody can take away the fact that it shook up the industry with its technical innovations.