BMW 3 Series/4 Series
As you’ve noticed above, we listed the models in alphabetical order, so we’ll start with the Bavarian compact executive, which definetly has the best reputation in its segment. It all started with the 1975 E21 3 Series, whose styling was an evolution of the 2002 model that preceded it. The story of the generations that followed, namely the E30, the E36, the E46, the E9X and the F3X, is already a legend.
You might have noticed the chassis codes weren’t separate up until the E9X generation. That happened because BMW aimed to split things and introduce the 4 Series, which would’ve required a dedicated code. In a last-minute decision, the Germans postponed the move, which was introduced with the current F3X generation.
Chevrolet CorvetteWhen Chevrolet introduced the Corvette back in 1953, the recipe could just as well serve as an inspiration for the contemporary Miata - a lightweight sportscar (fiberglass body) with not too much power. The ‘Vette built up muscles over the following decade or so and when the C2 Stingray came around in 1963, things have already moved on to a much more serious level. The current C7 Corvette is simply a blast to drive. You can easily use this as a daily driver, but when you switch everything into the right driving mode and floor it, things go through the roof.
Ford MustangNot since the Model T had Ford enjoyed a success as great as the Mustang brought back in 1963. With a modified Ford Falcon chassis, the Mustang created the pony car class, which basically brought sporty motoring to the people. Unlike some of its competitors, the ‘Stang survived the oil crisis, but this pony has had its fair share of ugly, underpowered years. Ford is currently in the process of bringing the 2015 Mustang to the international markets. We can’t wait to feel what the first independent rear axle in the history of the Mustang can do for the car.
Honda AccordWith the exceptions of a few special model, the 1976 Honda Accord isn’t exactly the kind of car that brings thrills. Nonetheless, it has served generation after generation of families across the world. We’ll remind you the Accord was the first Japanese car to be built in the US, with the sedan debuting in 1976 as an economy proposal arriving after the 70s oil crisis that nearly took down the muscle car genre. Currently in its ninth generation, the Accord soldiers on, but it can’t keep up with the Toyota Camry in terms of sales. Interestingly enough, while Toyota is already working to make the Camry a bit more emotional (at lest that’s what they claim), Honda doesn’t seem to be too bothered by such matters.
This is the Internet, there’s no aerodynamics or safety regulations to keep us on a leash - which decade is your favorite when it comes to car design? Feel free to share your automotive fetishes with us while you browse the GIFs in the gallery below.