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Germany's most legendary cars

The Local · 23 Nov 2011, 12:03

Published: 23 Nov 2011 12:03 GMT+01:00

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Germany is famous for its precision-engineered automobiles and the high-speed autobahn. But the car industry's economic impact is huge, providing nearly a million Germans with employment.

From Volkswagen to Porsche, sports cars to reliable camper vans, Germany has not only produced some of the most popular and iconic cars and accounts for nearly a third of all autos produced in Europe.

But while Germany might produce around six million new vehicles each year, many of the classics still remain cherished by car-lovers the world over. Even vehicles such as the rickety old East German Trabant are still favourites.

After careful deliberation, The Local has compiled its own Top Ten. Click on the link and have a look through to see if you agree with our choices.

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15:51 November 23, 2011 by maxbrando
The Local could have done much better. The 1st 5 may be iconic (debatable), but they ar downright ugly. The VW Bulli was voted the most unsafe vehicle ver sold in th USA by no less than the hosts of Car Talk (Click and Cack, the Tappet brothers). Of the later 5, only the BMW 507 and the gull-wing Mercedes belong there. Perhaps the AudiQuattro also.
19:18 November 23, 2011 by rfwilson

You need to read more closely. This was all about the most "iconic" German cars. It was not a list of the "safest" or the best looking. Your criticism completely misses the mark.
21:53 November 24, 2011 by maxbrando

If iconic is meant to define lousy construction, terrible engineering, horrible looks, and "unsafeness", what are we to think? That these are the "iconic" symbols of German auto industry for the last 75 years? I do not think so. This is a reputation no German auto driver wants.
03:24 November 25, 2011 by DOZ
I had a 66 Bug. What a piece of crap. 1st car though. Loved my 87 Jetta Turbo Diesel (German Made not ruined by North Americans). German Wiring sucks though.
05:50 November 27, 2011 by Drewsky
Porsche 911; still going blowing off doors since '66. Not too long ago, I took a ride with a German friend on the Autobahn in his Carrera. We 'cruised' at 160 mph. OH, Yeah !
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