Vehicle design is an intrinsically complex field as it involves various intertwined aspects that have to be carefully weighed and balanced in order to achieve the optimum results. Aesthetics cannot overpower the engineering, sturdiness and reliability cannot forego completely the concept of comfort or ergonomics, and technologically advanced materials and production costs must be weighed against the target market. Successful designs are appreciated and inspiring regardless of when they were created.

Some vehicles take on an additional meaning or become iconic also thanks to famous people that have owned one or famous movies they were used in; from James Dean’s Porsche 550 Spider, to James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, to Gregory Peck’s Vespa in Roman Holiday.

Below are only a few examples of designs, models or brands, that are either too intriguing to overlook or have become long lasting classics. Click on any image to enlarge it and to scroll through the rest.

Search our database for photos of vehicles that made history, if you don’t find what you are looking for, remember that not all of the archive is online and you can always contact us for a personalized search.

The Advent Calendar from SCALA Archives

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