What Car, in Your Opinion, is the Most American?

By Jordan Rimpela
Jul 4, 2019 | All American, American, Station Wagon | Posted in Columns | Never miss an article

It's an oft-heard phrase: "It's as American as X!" 'X' can be anything, but usually we see apple pie, baseball, or wearing socks with flip-flops or sandals in place of 'X'. (Seriously though, stop it with the socks and flip-flop/sandal nonsense.)

So, just a topical discussion: Which car/truck/van do you consider to be the quintessential American car? No, we're not getting into the subtle nuances on just where a car is made or anything like that, just which vehicle to you see and proclaim as loudly as you can, "America!"?


The Station Wagon?

The Corvette?

The muscle/pony car?

Maybe trucks?

What say you? 

And of course, happy 4th. 

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Patrick GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/4/19 7:56 a.m.

1957 chevy


/thread there is no other correct answer don’t even try

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
7/4/19 7:59 a.m.
Patrick said:

1957 chevy


/thread there is no other correct answer don’t even try

Do not sell me any more cars

You mean Nomad. It's OK. cheeky

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
7/4/19 8:00 a.m.

Probably the pick-up truck.  It does seem like the vehicle that the US fascination with confuses the rest of the world the most, save maybe Australia.  

Daylan C
Daylan C UberDork
7/4/19 8:14 a.m.

Claiming the Elco for this while the Australians argue about it seems pretty American.

wheelsmithy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/4/19 8:23 a.m.

No question in my mind.


Also, Pick up truck.

Daylan C
Daylan C UberDork
7/4/19 8:26 a.m.

Actually if we talk about cars we did that don't work anywhere else and probably nobody else has done.

Full size convertibles.

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo GRM+ Memberand Mod Squad
7/4/19 8:31 a.m.

Ford Model T

Coupe, Station wagon, Truck, Race car, Hot Rod, depression-era #vanlife.  It did it all, and no car around today would be here without it.

Knurled. GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/4/19 8:33 a.m.

Saturn SL.  When they were being made, they were the vehicles produced with the highest US-made content.  Only the A/C compressor was made overseas.

captdownshift GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/4/19 8:41 a.m.

a brash vehicle designed for marketing of meat compounds packed full of nitrites, salt and preservatives that's shaped like a phallus.



All other suggestions are way off the mark, you're not pulling horse off the grill on the 4th, so it's not a mustang. 

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
7/4/19 8:41 a.m.

I really like that Pontiac Safari wagon in the first picture.  smiley

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