Car Of The (20th) Century













Year : 1989
Pioneered By : Dick Holzhaus, a Dutch car enthusiast with Fred van der Vlugt, pioneer of European Car Of The Year Competition
Scope : To select the automobile from the 20th century with the most significant impact on motoring, worldwide.
Spadework : Manufacturers and one-make car clubs contacted for car lists.
Initial Count : 716 cars listed
First shortlist : Shortlisted to 200 cars by senior journalists & two representatives of the most prestigious car museums in Europe and USA.
Deadline for initial selection : February 1997 - the COTC election was publicly announced at the AutoRAI Amsterdam Motor Show.
Jury : 135 international journalists invited from 33 countries under the presidency of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu.
Second shortlist : 100 cars by end-June 1998 - an exhibition of those cars was opened in Amsterdam.
Second Phase of Judging : Car enthusiasts worldwide could enter the election. Exhibition transferred to Canada. The public and the jury voted independently.
Third shortlist : Down to 25 cars. Actually 27 cars, as the jury's 25th place was a tied vote. And the public vote added one more car - the AC Cobra.
Fourth shortlist : Five finalists.
Finals Announced : 18th December 1999 at Las Vegas


Position          Car model                    Points

      1                 Ford Model T                742
      2                 Mini                                617
      3                 Citroën DS                     567
      4                 Volkswagen Beetle      521
      5                 Porsche 911                  303

Other Awards of the Competition
Car Designer of the Century : Giorgetto Giugiaro
Credited with : Designing the Maserati Ghibli, Audi 80, Alfa Romeo Sprint, Alfa Romeo Alfasud, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Scirocco, Fiat 850 Sport Spider, Fiat Uno, Lotus Esprit, Lancia Delta, DeLorean DMC-12, Lexus GS

Car Engineer of the Century : Dr. Ferdinand Porsche
Credited with : Being an automotive innovator and creator of the Volkswagen Beetle.

Car Entrepreneur of the Century : Henry Ford
Credited with : Putting the world on wheels with his Ford Model T - over 15 million sold between 1908 and 1914.

Car Executive of the Century : Ferdinand Piëch (grandson of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche)
Credited with : The development of numerous significant cars including the Audi Quattro and notably, the Bugatti Veyron, which as of 2012, was the fastest, most powerful and most expensive road legal automobile ever built. 


Autofest City is the only scale model collection in the world to have authentic replicas
of the last 100 nominees for this competition.