Cars crop up in conversations everywhere, at work or even when you’re in the pub with your friends,watching your favourite football team lose.
However there are cars which stick out from the crowd and cause a stir in the motor industry.
So here goes, we have put together a list of cool cars which always set tongues wagging. Unfortunately, some are fictional and impossible to own – I believe Bruce Wayne is pretty protective! These cars have followings larger than cities, from farmers to footballers.
You may know people who own some of these cars and yes, we’re confirming it they are in a cult. The cult of popular and most talked about motors. As you read through the list you will start to see both the sublime and the ridiculous but I bet your bottom dollar that somewhere in your area there’s one of these beauties.
Wonder which of these vehicles you would love to own, if you don’t already.
The Golf GTI MK2
The Golf MK2 GtI is one of the cars you just had to have and it is still highly sought after today. Volkswagen managed to develop one of the biggest cult followings. The Volkswagen following or people on the “Dub Scene” has grown rapidly in numbers and they attend conventions like Dub Freeze which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Roughly 6.3 million Golf MK2 GTIs were produced and purchased. British Motoring Magazine made it ‘Car of the Year’ in 1985, which speaks for itself. With an engine that could still kick the pants out of most modern cars it is no surprise that the Golf MK2 GTI is here to stay and will probably still be seen in years to come with D & B blasting through the rolled down windows!
The BMW E30 M3
The E30 M3 is by far my favourite car on the cult list partly due to the variety of people I see behind the wheel, from grannies to 17 year olds, with rims bigger than wheelie bin lids, this BM is seen in every neck of the woods. Many E30 M3 enthusiasts love to meet up and show their cars off to one another and maybe even brag about who has the biggest spoiler!
BMW produced the Evolution model which featured larger wheels, a deeper front spoiler, plus a larger rear spoiler. This seemed to make the E30 M3 even more attractive to people seeking a faster flashier model.
The VW Beetle was originally designed in the 1930s but was only made in large quantities from 1945 onwards. An instant success it was originally marketed just as ‘Volkswagen’. The model then became known as ‘The Beetle’ because it was said to resemble the insect. It was then marketed as the ‘Volkswagen Beetle’ in Germany. Some of the earlier VW Beetle chassis were also used by the Germans in World War 2.
The VW Beetle was also featured in the film ‘Herbie’ which kick-started and firmly planted the vehicle in the list of cars to own. The VW Beetle has now been revamped and restyled. VW has made it much larger over the past few years and has given it a swift kick into the new millenium, with both cosmetic and performance improvements.
Classic Mini 1959
The British Mini is possibly THE car with the biggest cult following. Mods all around Britain wanted one especially after seeing ‘The Italian Job’. It is, without doubt, one of Britain’s biggest icons. It is often compared to the German VW Beetle (but I won’t go there!). The Mini was initially produced in response to a fuel shortage, which resulted in people shopping for cars with better fuel economy. Other models were subsequently released, including the Mini Cooper S which was the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally Winner. People of all ages still seek the perfect Mini which is not only fun to drive, but which is able to combine size and speed with undoubted cult status. Purchasing one puts you at No 1 for nostalgia!
The Mini model is now owned by BMW and was first produced by them in 2001.Unlike its predecessor it has received both negative and positive responses and many original Mini lovers feel that it is not a Mini at all merely a BMW in another body. Regardless of this the new Mini has managed to establish a following and is a great car, especially for all those posers out there. However, I would agree with the purists who affirm that it isn’t like the original!
Take a journey back in time and see what you are missing out on. Alternatively if you are already in possession of an original Mini, experience the Italian job and thrash it round a track at a rally.
OK, we hold our hands up these aren’t all cars which you’d expect to see on your local high street all the time, but that doesn’t mean that men and women all over the planet aren’t wishing they could have one.
Go ‘Back to the Future’ with the DeLorean DMC-12 especially if you are a true 80′s lover. You had to love the DeLorean once you had seen Marty McFly with his awesome trainers behind the wheel. It went into production in 1981 and ended in 1982. The hype surrounding this film continues and a DeLorean can still be sold for £20,000 or more depending on the condition. The car featured in other films, such as ‘The Wedding Singer’. Make a bold statement and buy a DeLorean!
Audi R8 2006
The infamous Audi R8 released in 2006, purchased by numerous celebrities and subsequently wrapped in all sorts of materials, it featured in ‘Iron Man’ where it was driven by the outspoken Tony Stark.The product placement was hardly subtle but the car fitted his ego perfectly. The new model is set to burst onto the scene in 2014 with a rumoured 518 bhp. Audi also produced a handful of other models, including the R8 GT Spyder, which was unveiled at Le Mans in 2011.
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
As soon as Mr Shaken Not Stirred blasted through ice in’ Die Another Day’ this car achieved some serious cool points. Built from 2001 to 2007 in England, with a 6.0 L V12 engine there can’t be many of us who haven’t imagined driving one, wearing an evening suit or a glitzy evening gown. The Vanquish S was also released in 2004 with a manual gearbox. James Bond fans all over the world were raving about the vehicle, despite Top Gear’s slightly more controversial opinions. The Vanquish has definitely earned a place in the cult car list. Give yourself 5 man points if you purchased one, but minus 6 if you call your friend Q while driving it!
The engine sounds like thunder and every man and his dog wants to own this car for at least 5 minutes. The price? You aren’t going to be able to take one home unless you pay a staggering £1,000,000 which only gets you the base model. The Bugatti takes at least 12 months to build, once it has been ordered, depending on customer specification. Top Gear’s very own James May achieved the highest recorded speed, an impressive 253mph, guaranteed to knock your socks off! The Veyron also has an air brake to slow you down quickly. You won’t look like Mr Average in this vehicle, you will simply be the talk of the town. Everyone knows about this car, it has unique styling and an amazing top speed. There’s certainly nothing average about the Bugatti Veyron!
Another one of the most expensive cars which is often mentioned amongst car enthusiasts is the Zonda. Built by Italian manufacturer Pagani, it was first released in 1999 and continued to be produced until 2011. Only 206 were ever built. The inside workings of the car were partly designed by F1 champion Juan Manuael Fangio. The only issue with this vehicle was that it was produced in Italy and because of this the steering wheel was on the left hand side. You would probably love to own this car but could think of other more iconic cars to buy for the same price!
Meanwhile somewhere in Gotham City..
However fictional this car is, if you owned one you would part the Red Sea and get instant access to all the swankiest clubs. An attractive concoction of metal, gadgets and fire it doesn’t seem to matter that it is tank shaped, when it is firing missiles and chasing bad guys everyone wants a piece of the action.
Inside the Batmobile by DC Nation.