Car of the Century (COTC) was an international award given to the
world's most influential car of the 20th century.  The election
process was overseen by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation.
The winner, the Ford Model T, was announced at an awards gala on
December 18, 1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1st place: Ford Model T
1 The selection process
2 The final results
3 See also
The selection process
An elaborate and formal process for deciding the
Car of the Century
was devised. It started in October 1996, when a list of 700 cars was
offered by the COTC organising committee as candidates for the award,
which their experts had selected from recommendations made from within
the car industry and from car clubs. 
In February 1997 a list of 200 eligible cars was announced at the
AutoRAI motor show in Amsterdam, having been selected from the 700 by
an honorary committee of experts who were all independent and highly
respected and experienced automotive experts.
The next step was for a jury of 133 professional automotive
journalists  from 33 different countries, under the presidency of
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, to reduce the list to 100, and the result
was announced at the
Frankfurt Motor Show
Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1997. 
The elimination process proceeded with an Internet-based public vote
 to select 10 cars, and for 25 cars to be selected by the jury of
professionals. In the event, 9 out of the 10 cars selected by the
public were also amongst the 25 selected by the journalists (the AC
Cobra being the extra car selected by the public), so 26 cars were
announced at the
Geneva Motor Show
Geneva Motor Show in March 1999, as the nominees for
the next round.
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The 26 nominees
Giulietta Sprint Coupé
250 GT SWB Berlinetta
300 SL Coupé
From the 26, the jury were asked to nominate five finalists which
would go through to the last round of voting, using a points system.
The final nominees were announced at the
Frankfurt Motor Show
Frankfurt Motor Show in
The final results
The jury each ranked the five cars in their preferred order, and the
results were combined with a points system. The final results are
shown in the table below.
Ford Model T
Car Designer of the Century
Car Engineer of the Century
Car Entrepreneur of the Century
Car Executive of the Century
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