Not many classics there are there! In many cases the car that comes second or third is arguably the better car as well – for example in 1986 The Ford Scorpio won (a total dog of a car) and 1989 the Fiat Tipo (it dissolved)!
The awards had started so well! The first winner was the Rover 2000, a classic design and well ahead of anything else around at that time, subsequent classics like the NSU RO80 with it’s wankel engine in 1968 (OK the engine was crap, but the idea was brilliant). And the Rover 3500 in 1977 (my Dad had one – clever design but built by morons!) It’s all got just a bit mainstream since then with an occasional ‘clever’ car – Prius in 2005 (clever, even if it is awful).
So the Nissan Leaf has become the first electric car to be crowned Car of the Year – do we or should we care? Probably, it is a step forward in car design even if it is also flawed. It will only be a matter of days before we start getting it advertised at every junction as the Green saviour of the planet! I still believe that pure electric cars are flawed just as much as hybrids, they will however become ‘the car’ to be seen in by some of the ‘beautiful people’ – good luck to them!
So probably the first justifiable winner for a good few years!