1955 La Salle II (not a CCOTY nominee)
I hate to invoke the tired old cliche about hindsight being 20-20 vision, especially since it’s not really all that true. But it does allow us to have a much better sense of history than Motor Trend may have had at the time it gave out its COTY award. So we’re going to do our own CCOTY, for every year up to the present; maybe a couple of times a week. Here’s how:
You nominate any car that was built and sold that year, and others will add to your nomination by replying to that particular comment thread. Presumably, from the strength of your nominations and subsequent comments a winner will emerge. Or not. There’s not going to be any official objective voting per se; just a chance to debate what was the most important car of the year.
Let’s define that a bit better, although we’re going to avoid any hard and fast rules: we’re looking for the car that had the greatest historical significance or impact; whether that was through its design, technology, market impact, or any other relevant criteria. Of course, if you just really love a particular car, bring it on too.
Understandably, this is going to be rather US-centric. But that doesn’t mean we should exclude significant cars from around the world. Like I said, it’s going to be pretty wide open; the point is to better understand what happened in history that shaped the subsequent automotive landscape.
One more thing: it doesn’t have to have been an all-new model that year, since that can get difficult to determine. And just for reference, I’ll list the car chosen by MT for COTY. Rather curiously, there wasn’t one given out for 1955. Must have been a dull year, automotively speaking. I suspect we’ll be able to improve on that.