Top 10: Great German classics
You don’t need to be a car enthusiast to know that the German motor industry is hugely successful, with major brands like Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche producing some of the best-selling models in their sectors. It’s been a remarkable journey for an industry that reinvented itself via the post-war relaunch of the VW Beetle.
So how can anyone realistically put together a Top 10 of Germany’s greatest classics, given how many cars there are to choose from? Well, we’ve done it – but if your favourite make and model has been missed out, we can only apologise. With such vast choice, it’s not been an easy task… so make sure you give us your own suggestions below!
Volkswagen Golf MkI
What makes it great? It’s the car that did the most to transform Volkswagen’s image, paving the way for even greater success
Volkswagen’s new-for-1974 Golf wasn’t the first of the company’s front-wheel drive models of the early ’70s (the original Passat arrived the previous year) but it was by far the most significant. It not only transformed cash-strapped VW’s financial situation, it went on to spawn several generations of this European best-seller over the next forty years – and beyond. The first-gen Golf was a handsome and well-packaged machine, instantly updating Volkswagen’s image (despite the Beetle continuing in production) as well as kick-starting the hot hatch scene with the arrival of the Golf GTi.
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