207: 100 Cars That Changed the World (1970-Present)

Posted on: July 14th, 2022 by

Welcome to The Collector Car Podcast.  Before we get to the final installment of the 100 Cars That Changed the World, I have a few updates.

This is going to be a longer episode, so buckle up!

1970 Datsun 240Z

“Prior to 1969, the impression most Americans had of Japanese cars mirrored those currently held of Chinese-made toys — mainly cheap junk. In the fall of 1969, the Datsun 240Z changed those opinions instantly and forever. Beautiful (albeit not terribly original) styling combined with a smooth 2.4 liter overhead-cam straight six and independent rear suspension made the Z go and handle as well as it looked. 0-60 in 7.8 seconds and a 125-mph top speed was better than a Porsche 911T and Jaguar E-Type of the day for around half the price. Needless to say, the Z clobbered competition from the likes of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Opel, Triumph and MG.

1970 Land Rover Range Rover

“When Rover introduced the Range Rover in 1970, it combined the luxury of the company’s saloons with the unparalleled off-road ability of the workhorse Land Rover. In so doing, it essentially created a new category of vehicle that we now know as the SUV. It has been a trendsetter in that segment ever since.

Rover already had the aluminum 3.5-liter V8, bought from Buick in 1965 and Range Rovers have always been V-8-powered, except for turbodiesel options from 1984. They feature permanent four-wheel drive, four-wheel disc brakes, coils springs all round with self-levelling suspension, separate chassis with alloy body panels, and four doors from 1981. A 5-speed gearbox replaced the basic 4-speed in 1983 and only automatic transmissions have been available since 2002.

1970 Pontiac Firebird

1973 Honda Civic

1974 Lamborghini Countach

1976 Volkswagen Golf GTI

1977 Chevrolet Impala

1980 AMC Eagle

1982 Honda Accord

1983 Ford Thunderbird

1984 Dodge Caravan

1986 Ford Taurus

1990 Lexus LS 400

1990 Mazda Miata MX-5

1991 Ford Explorer

1992 Dodge Viper RT/10

1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1994 McLaren F1

1996 Toyota RAV4

1997 General Motors EV1

1999 Lexus RX 300

2000 Toyota Prius


2005 Bugatti Veyron

2005 Ford Mustang GT

2012 Tesla Model S

2013 Ferrari LaFerrari

2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

2020 Chevrolet Corvette


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