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autoevolution's Iconic Vehicles Month

We humans have a habit of classifying absolutely everything around us based on more or less objective criteria. This habit is partially responsible for our push to better ourselves every chance we get, as we strive to be part of the group at the top, not the one at the bottom.

Yet even the group at the top has its own stars, those who are better than all others, the game-changers, the visionaries, the icons celebrated and admired by all others. And this applies not only to people, but to the technology we create as well.

For more than a year now we’ve been running special, month-long coverages of subjects we hold dear. We’ve dedicated the efforts of our team of writers to carmakers and bike makers, to the Earth itself, and to the space around it. But this October, we’ll go the extra mile, and do something truly special.

This October, autoevolution is celebrating the Iconic Vehicles Month. And by vehicles, we mean all those extraordinary pieces of technology that revolutionized their respective fields, went down in history for one reason or another, or helped humanity grow beyond its natural borders.

From cars to motorcycles, from submarines to spaceships, from machines of war to machines of fun, all will get their extra 15 minutes of fame here, exposed in all their glory and the most minute of detail.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

This Plane Traded a BMW Radial for a Daimler-Benz V12, Won the Hearts But Not the War
This Plane Traded a BMW Radial for a Daimler-Benz V12, Won the Hearts But Not the War

29 Oct 2021, 14:43 UTC / With constant evolution in its six-year lifespan, the Focke-Wulf FW-190D was one of the most feared enemies in the sky for the Allies pilots

 
125 Years Ago, The World's First Truck Made Its Public Debut. This is its Story
125 Years Ago, The World's First Truck Made Its Public Debut. This is its Story

29 Oct 2021, 10:22 UTC / Trucks have been moving good around for more than a century and the first one, called Lastwagen, was built in Germany in 1896

 
The Forgotten OX99-11 Was Yamaha’s Attempt to Build a V12-Powered Supercar
The Forgotten OX99-11 Was Yamaha’s Attempt to Build a V12-Powered Supercar

29 Oct 2021, 09:21 UTC / Determined to join the 1990s supercar bandwagon, Yamaha took an in-house designed Formula 1 V12 and built an awesome vehicle around it

 
Remembering the McLaren MP4/4 and How It Became the Greatest F1 Car of All Time
Remembering the McLaren MP4/4 and How It Became the Greatest F1 Car of All Time

28 Oct 2021, 21:16 UTC / In 1988, this amazing machine won 15 out of 16 races including ten 1-2 finishes and absolutely embarrassed its competition

 
Inside the Holy Grail of Rotary Cars: the '90s Eunos Cosmo
Inside the Holy Grail of Rotary Cars: the '90s Eunos Cosmo

28 Oct 2021, 20:05 UTC / The 1990s Eunos Cosmo is one of rarest, most sought after rotary-powered cars of all time. With three rotors and two turbos, it's like nothing we've ever seen

 
With a Mid-Mounted 789-HP V10, the Renault Espace F1 Is the Wildest Minivan Ever Built
With a Mid-Mounted 789-HP V10, the Renault Espace F1 Is the Wildest Minivan Ever Built

28 Oct 2021, 14:21 UTC / Able to embarrass many modern supercars, the Renault Espace F1 is one of the craziest and coolest cars built during the 1990s

 
This Supercar Was Born to Beat Ferrari at Its Own Game, Won a Battle But Lost the War
This Supercar Was Born to Beat Ferrari at Its Own Game, Won a Battle But Lost the War

28 Oct 2021, 13:31 UTC / With zero experience in building a supercar, Honda took the ambitious plan to win over Ferrari and beat it at its own game with a surprising vehicle: the NSX

 
QTvan Is World’s Smallest Trailer Towable by Bicycle, Still Has TV and Minibar
QTvan Is World’s Smallest Trailer Towable by Bicycle, Still Has TV and Minibar

28 Oct 2021, 11:32 UTC / Who said you need a big trailer in order to live comfortably on the road? The QTvan is the smallest ever, still packs big trailer amenities

 
1968 Mustang Bullitt Story: From Movie Prop to the Most Expensive Mustang Ever Sold
1968 Mustang Bullitt Story: From Movie Prop to the Most Expensive Mustang Ever Sold

27 Oct 2021, 13:35 UTC / Driven by Steve McQueen in the 1960s blockbuster Bullitt, this amazing Mustang is one of the most iconic movie cars of all time

 
DeLorean Built a Supercar That Americans Didn't Want, and Now It Is Lost but Not Forgotten
DeLorean Built a Supercar That Americans Didn't Want, and Now It Is Lost but Not Forgotten

26 Oct 2021, 16:36 UTC / The DeLorean DMC12 deserves the best seat in the house for being a Garage Queen not only by the way it looks but by the way it drives

 
The Fascinating Story of the Tyrrell P34, Formula 1’s Iconic Six-Wheeler
The Fascinating Story of the Tyrrell P34, Formula 1’s Iconic Six-Wheeler

26 Oct 2021, 15:25 UTC / One of the most radical designs in the history of Formula 1, the Tyrrell P34 was a six-wheeled race car that not only raced but managed to be successful in 1976

 
MTT Y2K: The Insane Motorcycle Powered by a Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine
MTT Y2K: The Insane Motorcycle Powered by a Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine

26 Oct 2021, 14:25 UTC / A road-legal superbike with a 320-hp turbine engine, the MTT Y2K is one of the most outrageous motorcycles that the world has ever seen

 
Meet Foldavan, the DIY Foldable Bicycle Trailer With a Very Noble Purpose
Meet Foldavan, the DIY Foldable Bicycle Trailer With a Very Noble Purpose

26 Oct 2021, 04:26 UTC / Foldavan isn’t just the lightest and most compact bicycle trailer around: it’s also a full DIY project that anyone can do, for very little money

 
The T.50s Niki Lauda: Gordon Murray’s Plan For Slaying Racetracks in Honor of a Champion
The T.50s Niki Lauda: Gordon Murray’s Plan For Slaying Racetracks in Honor of a Champion

25 Oct 2021, 21:17 UTC / An incredible example of design and engineering mastery, the T.50s Niki Lauda positions itself as one of the most driver-focused performance cars of the decade

 
1996 Ford Indigo: The Outrageous V12-Powered Concept With IndyCar Pedigree
1996 Ford Indigo: The Outrageous V12-Powered Concept With IndyCar Pedigree

25 Oct 2021, 20:08 UTC / Inspired by Jacques Villeneuve's title-winning Reynard-Ford Indy car, the Indigo was one of Ford's most outrageous concepts

 
20 Years Ago, Mercedes-Benz Predicted the Future With the F 400 Carving Concept
20 Years Ago, Mercedes-Benz Predicted the Future With the F 400 Carving Concept

25 Oct 2021, 12:01 UTC / This fascinating concept car showcased an innovative suspension system as well as various technologies that have since found their way into mass production

 
Knaus Tabbert’s Carvisio: The Beautiful, Tech-Packed RV of the Future That Never Was
Knaus Tabbert’s Carvisio: The Beautiful, Tech-Packed RV of the Future That Never Was

25 Oct 2021, 09:09 UTC / Caravisio was designed as a functional concept in 2013 and inspired future trailers from Knaus Tabbert. It remains one of the most beautiful trailers ever

 
Suite N°4 Is How You Turn the Iconic Renault 4 Into a Rolling Hotel Room
Suite N°4 Is How You Turn the Iconic Renault 4 Into a Rolling Hotel Room

24 Oct 2021, 03:55 UTC / To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic 4, the world’s first mass-produced hatchback, Renault is reimagining it for modern times

 
When Not Saving the World, Here’s What the Avengers Drove in the MCU
When Not Saving the World, Here’s What the Avengers Drove in the MCU

23 Oct 2021, 14:09 UTC / Superpowers and the technology used in the MCU are hard, if not impossible, to achieve. What we can get are some of the cars used.

 
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: The First Factory-Built All-Terrain Conquering Super Truck
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: The First Factory-Built All-Terrain Conquering Super Truck

22 Oct 2021, 12:39 UTC / Factory-built high-performance trucks have been around since the late 1970s but the segment was transformed thirty decades later when Ford introduced the Raptor