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The 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
Ford Model T
, was announced at an awards gala on December 18, 1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 1st place: Ford Model T
Ford Model T

CONTENTS

* 1 The selection process * 2 The final results * 3 See also * 4 References

THE SELECTION PROCESS

An elaborate and formal process for deciding the Car
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
AutoRAI
motor show in Amsterdam
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. 2nd place: Mini
Mini
cross section shows packaging maximizes passenger space 3rd place: Citroën DS
Citroën DS
4th place: Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle
5th place: Porsche 911
Porsche 911

The 26 nominees MAKE TYPE YEAR COUNTRY

AC Cobra 1965–1967 UK /US

Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo
Giulietta Sprint Coupé 1954–1968 Italy
Italy

Audi
Audi
Quattro 1980–1991 Germany
Germany

Austin Seven 1922–1939 UK

BMW
BMW
BMW
BMW
328 1936–1940 Germany

Bugatti
Bugatti
T35 1926–1930 France
France

Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Stingray 1963–1967 US

Citroën
Citroën
Traction Avant 1934–1957 France

Citroën 2CV 1948–1990 France

Citroën DS19 1955–1975 France

Ferrari
Ferrari
250 GT SWB Berlinetta 1959–1962 Italy

Fiat 500 Topolino 1936–1948 Italy

Ford Model T 1908–1927 US

Ford Mustang 1964–1968 US

Jaguar XK120 1948–1954 UK

Jaguar E-Type 1961–1975 UK

Land Rover
Land Rover
Range Rover
Range Rover
1970–present UK

Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz
S/SS/SSK 1927–1932 Germany

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé 1954–1957 Germany

Morris /Austin Mini
Mini
1959–2000 UK

NSU Ro 80 1967–1976 Germany

Porsche
Porsche
911 1963–present Germany

Renault
Renault
Espace 1984–present France

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1907–1925 UK

Volkswagen
Volkswagen
Beetle 1946–2003 Germany

Volkswagen Golf 1974–present Germany

Willys
Willys
Jeep 1941–1945 US

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 September, 1999.

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.

POSITION CAR MODEL POINTS

1 Ford Model T
Ford Model T
742

2 Mini
Mini
617

3 Citroën DS
Citroën DS
567

4 Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle
521

5 Porsche 911
Porsche 911
303

SEE ALSO

* Car
Car
Designer of the Century * Car
Car
Engineer of the Century * Car
Car
Entrepreneur of the Century * Car
Car
Executive of the Century

REFERENCES

* ^ http://www.thecarconnection.com/tips-article/1001887_car-of-the-century * ^ Law, Alex (1999-12-22). " Car
Car
of the Century". Auto123. Archived from the original on 2006-03-08. Retrieved 2006-04-29. * ^ Wright, Richard A. (1999-12-20). " Car
Car
of the Century? Ford\'s Model T, of course". Joyrides. Archived from the original on 2005-02-04. Retrieved 2006-04-29. * ^ http://autofestcityindia.hpage.co.in/car-of-the-century_96486083.html * ^ http://europe.autonews.com/article/19970217/ANE/702170815/car-of-the-century-search-begins * ^ http://www.motorcities.org/Year+of+the+Car/Model+T+Centennial-40.html * ^ http://www.cwn.org.uk/motoring/rover/press-releases/9906/990624-car-of-the-century.htm * ^ http://www.drivers.com/article/247/ * ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-11-04/business/9911040100_1_autos-poll-car-collector-top-cars * ^ " Car
Car
of the century voting narrows", Tim Dornin, AAP General News, March 15, 1999 * ^ " Car
Car
of the Century?" Archived October 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine ., Wired , December 17, 1999 * ^ "This Just In: Model T Gets Award", James G. Cobb, The New York Times , December 24, 1999

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