QOTD: Which German Car Goes in the Time Capsule?

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman

First thing is first: We are talking about a 2008 Deutsch sled. Sure, everyone would love to pull a 1953 300 SL out of the ground, but that's not why we're here/ We're here to pick a current offering from our weisswurst eating good buddies that will best illustrate the 2008 state of the German automotive scene in 50 years time. Got it? Gut. If we were to travel back in time to… 2004, I'd be all about stuffing a Phaeton W12 into the earth. Chairman Piech's "Best Car in the World" was (to some) exactly that. More importantly though, it was a symbol of Germanic Automotive ascendancy. Volkswagen had just purchased Bentley and Lamborghini and was in the process of of reviving Bugatti. Daimler was DaimlerChrysler. Imagine how many times General Patton spun in his grave because Mercedes-Benz owned Jeep. Porsche was on top of the world launching both an SUV and the Carrera GT. Not to be out down, BMW had just released the best ever Rolls-Royce, the best ever Range Rover and (to some) the best ever Mini. But in the world of cars, years are in fact dog years. Four years is a long time ago. So, which one's it going to be? I vote for the RS4 Avant, because I'm certain our grandchildren will appreciate a perfect car. You?

Jonny Lieberman
Jonny Lieberman

Cleanup driver for Team Black Metal V8olvo.

More by Jonny Lieberman

Join the conversation
4 of 42 comments
  • Ron Ron on Feb 22, 2008

    I vote for the Phaeton, that car really was a monumental breakthrough, regardless of it's sales. That just proves that the public wouldn't know what an amazing car was if it fell out of the sky and bashed them upside the head.

  • Mark MacInnis Mark MacInnis on Feb 22, 2008

    Audi RS8 by a mile....er...kilometer over the 911...a beautiful form with much utility, while a blast to drive in all weather. Not even close.

  • HEATHROI HEATHROI on Feb 22, 2008

    Audi RS8....beautiful?!?!?it look as if they have left the trucking plastic on the side and it looks bulky and overweight. See it in the metal.

  • HEATHROI HEATHROI on Feb 22, 2008

    whoops, meant the R8