It’s that time of year when we begin to reflect, to think about our lives and count our blessings. Is it Christmas? No, you slavering horde of Buble-drugged joy addicts, it’s Thanksgiving. Christmas is next month. After The Hobbit.
So since we’ll be out of the office on Thursday, eating whole species of turkey and filling in the corners with mashed potatoes and oyster dressing, and since we’ll be busy Friday serving you up some amazing Black Friday deals, we’re dishing out a Thanksgiving post today. Here are the 8 cars for which we’re most thankful.
Ford Mustang: America has been obsessed with speed since the birth of the car, but our foremost national treasure, the muscle car, didn’t come around until after the pony car debuted in 1964 with the Mustang. Without it we wouldn’t have SS Chevelles, Dodge Dart Swingers, or GTOs. You don’t have to love the Mustang, but at least be thankful.
Honda Accord: On the other end of the spectrum comes a slow, boring econobox from Japan. But we’re thankful for the Accord because it was a key part of the Japanese import revolution that shook the American auto industry from their slumber and forced them to start building better cars again. We’re thankful for the Accord like we’re thankful for school, vitamins, and exercise.
The 18-Wheeler: In the past year, have you ordered, say, anything? Has it arrived at your door? Thank a semi. Have you bought an item or perhaps an object from a store? It was likely delivered by a big old Peterbuilt, Mack, Sterling, or Volvo truck. Honk at these guys all you want for passing each other slowly in the left lane, but they’re the backbone of American business, and without the 18-wheeler, America would likely be a third world country.
Lamborghini Miura: Today the Miura is one of the most obscure and unrecognized supercar in the sultan’s most serene garage, but it’s generally credited as being the father of all supercars. Ferruccio Lamborghini didn’t want it, but his designers built it in their spare time and convinced him. Its 4 liter V12 socked out 350 hp, virtually unheard of in 1966, and the sheer madness of it ushered in a new standard for the mid-engine European supercar.
Emergency Vehicles: They put water on your house when it’s on fire. They take you to the hospital when you suddenly don’t have enough limbs to drive there yourself. We’d hate to be without them, or the people who operate them.
Chevrolet Corvette: When the little Corvette debuted, it was panned as being underpowered and awkward. Thankfully, GM fought to keep the platform afloat and soon had a world-beating sports car on their hands. The Corvette made America a true contender in the world of endurance racing, an arena in which it’s still successful today.
Military Vehicles: The German for “thank you” is danke. If this is your first time reading that word this week, thank a Jeep, a deuce and a half, or a tank. Better yet, thank the men who drove them, and thank the ones who drive Humvees and MRAPs today.
Our Own: It might not be your dream car. It might not be in perfect shape. It might not even smell very nice. But it’s a car, and a large portion of the world’s population has never had the opportunity to own one, much less drive one. Yours is a blessing, even if it’s a rusted arrangement of garbage.
What cars are you most thankful for?