QOTD: What is the Quintessential American Car?

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman
qotd what is the quintessential american car

Motherhood, apple pie and baseball, right? I suppose it depends on your point of view. If you live on the Left Coast, it might be strippers, tacos and gangland slayings. Elsewhere, it could be moose, mooseburgers and moose-tipping. Anyway, today's question comes to us from TTAC's own Samir Syed, and I really like it. Then again, I like all queries without correct answers. Let's call 'em philosophical questions. To a certain mindset, nothing will ever be redder, whiter and bluer than a '57 Chevy Bel Air Coupe. But I seriously doubt that's what de Tocqueville would say. Perhaps a Ford F-series? At the risk of igniting the usual firestorm, what about America's favorite car, the best-selling Toyota Camry? When I look out my window and contemplate the full majesty of the American Dream, the only honest answer is… the BMW 3-series. Every wannabe in Los Angeles has one. You?

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  • Big_gms Big_gms on Mar 11, 2008

    To me, the quintessential American car is the good old full size sedan, whether it be a Chevy Caprice, Buick LeSabre, Ford Crown Victoria, Dodge Monaco or any other such car, old or new. My favorites! Especially full size GM cars. The Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram also qualify as quintessentially American.

  • Johnster Johnster on Mar 11, 2008

    1957 Chevrolet BelAir, 4-door sedan, 6-cylinder, 3-on-the-tree with overdrive.

  • Montecarlo Montecarlo on Sep 24, 2009

    Come on now. Your Dad had one, maybe even your grandfather. Or he wishes he did. It raced on NASCAR tracks up until 2 years ago..........It's a CHEVROLET......the Monte Carlo.

  • Montecarlo Montecarlo on Sep 24, 2009

    Even better Americana would be the vehicle we spend driving and relaxing on, on the weekend or after work....maybe...heaven forbid, with a can of beer in hand.....the John Deere riding lawn mower