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1991 Ford Explorer

1991 Ford Explorer

What makes a vehicle important? Sales, obviously, play a big factor. Any car or truck that sells well can be considered important. And, as it turns out, all of the vehicles on this list did well in the showroom.

Twitter Hashtag, #uglycar

Only on Twitter could the BMW 507 be branded as ugly.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so we’ve been told. Odds are that a parent or guardian first presented this tired adage to us, likely on the occasion of our honest appraisal of an unwanted Christmas sweater, hand-me-down bike, or nerdy cousin.

Tesla Supercharger

Tesla Supercharger

During a press conference on June 26, 2013, at—quite appropriately—the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Tesla announced the opening of its ninth Supercharger station. Located along I-55 in Bloomington, Illinois, it’s the first one not situated on the east or west coast. The majority are in Tesla’s home state of California, with the others in Connecticut and Delaware.

Tesla Model S Signature

A Signature Performance version of the Tesla Model S

It was more than three years ago that electric-vehicle-maker Tesla unveiled prototypes of its Model S midsize hatchback sedan, claiming a 0-60-mph time of less than six seconds and a battery range of up to 300 miles. At the time, many considered it little more than an over-hyped automotive pipe dream.

But on Friday, June 22, 2012, that dream became a reality.

On that date, several buyers—who had long had deposits down on their cars—finally took delivery of their Model S sedans from the Tesla manufacturing facility in Fremont, California. All the cars were top-line Signature Performance versions in black, white, or dark red. According to the company’s website (, the Signature Performance version starts at just under $98,000 after the $7,500 federal tax credit, not including options.

Although no known subjective tests have yet been done on production models, the factory is sticking to its initial performance and range estimates. On the website, the Signature Performance version is described as having an 85 kWh (!) battery pack and a “high performance drive inverter” that allow it to dash from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, top out at 130 mph, and—with more sedate driving, one would assume—cover up to 300 miles on a single charge.

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