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View Poll Results: What was the most iconic blue collar warrior?
Golf GTI Mk I 1 7.69%
Mini Cooper S 0 0%
RS2000/Mexico/RS1600/RS1800 8 61.54%
ur Quattro 1 7.69%
M3 0 0%
Skyline R34 0 0%
MX5 0 0%
Datsun 240-260Z 0 0%
Peugeot 205GTi 2 15.38%
Other - tell us your choice 1 7.69%
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Blue Collar Icons

There are too many choices when we look at icons so let's chuck in a few sub categories.

What was the best blue collar iconic car. Remember it has to have some broad justification for being an icon and, again, I'm just offering you a poll of cars that came to mind in a 10 minute period so feel free to disagree.
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...actually, I ran out of options really quickly even with this list coming straight off the top of my head.

I deleted a few Yank icons and determined they were worth one of their own.
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Less so than the RS Escorts, I'd suggest. So no.
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Golf GTI Mk I - Definitely
Mini Cooper S - Of course
RS2000/Mexico/RS1600/RS1800 - No Twin Cam? - I think the RS2000 and Mex were, the BDA cars were something rather diferent
ur Quattro - Blue collar?
M3- See above
Skyline R34 - No, becoz I iz not Gangsta
MX5 - I don't think of it as blue collar
Datsun 240-260Z - yes
Peugeot 205GTi - yes
Other - tell us your choice
 
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Mustang
Dodge Charger
Dodge Challenger
Ford Crown Vic
57 Chevy
Corvette
Thunderbird
Ford F-Series
Chevy C10 pick-up
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Cortina Mk3
Capri (when launched it was called the affordable sports car)
Escort Mk1
Opel Manta
Granada Mk1
Alfa 156
Triumph 2.5 PI
Morris Minor
Sierra XR4i
Triumph Stag

Most of my list are cars that I either loved from my childhood. The 156 is in because its still an affordable car sought after by us mere mortals yet its looks put it in Iconic status.
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"Blue Collar" as opposed to outright exotic so the ur Quattro gets in here as it would be out of its depth in the next level up.

TR2.5PI, terrific and but as much as I love Triumphs, I'd not call it an iconic car.


Alfa 156... do explain how that is remotely "iconic" leaving aside this is an Alfa forum!
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The 156 heralded the resurgence of AR to buyers who hadn't previously considered AR. It also won car of the year 1998, further helping the brand. It's design made AR recognisable to the masses again and importantly is easily identified as an Alfa Romeo to non car enthusiasts.
How is it iconic in general car terms? Well It won touring car trophies for a start, it's still a car that non Alfa fans look out for in privateer race meets, as I witnessed at Castle Come last month in a round of the Alfashop championship. V8 fans, classics fans, Formula Ford fans all grinned and cheered as the 156's passed. That's an icon. It represents the memory of not just Alfa racing, but when Alfa dominated racing on all levels. The 156 was the first of the new generation to make the public notice & buy AR again. The 166, 147 and GT have the 156 to thank.

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Blue colour = a Ford of some description
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The 156 heralded the resurgence of AR to buyers who hadn't previously considered AR. It also won car of the year 1998, further helping the brand. It's design made AR recognisable to the masses again and importantly is easily identified as an Alfa Romeo to non car enthusiasts.
How is it iconic in general car terms? Well It won touring car trophies for a start, it's still a car that non Alfa fans look out for in privateer race meets, as I witnessed at Castle Come last month in a round of the Alfashop championship. V8 fans, classics fans, Formula Ford fans all grinned and cheered as the 156's passed. That's an icon. It represents the memory of not just Alfa racing, but when Alfa dominated racing on all levels. The 156 was the first of the new generation to make the public notice & buy AR again. The 166, 147 and GT have the 156 to thank.
A strong case for an important car, but not enough to make it an icon.

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An even stronger case!
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A strong case for an important car, but not enough to make it an icon.



An even stronger case!
Ahh how about if I add that I also had one? Surely that doubles the power of my case ;-))
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Ahh how about if I add that I also had one? Surely that doubles the power of my case ;-))
Ah, well maybe. The thing is kb is an icon himself (male model, fitness guru, under 8 north Manchester fencing champion 1978, consultant to FoMoCo on door handle design, curry expert and all round good egg).
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Yes, I don't know much about KB but he does seem an AO legend. Apart from that nasty looking blue smudge that's his avatar ;-)

I'll accept that the 156 is not going in.. Sigh.
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Yes, I don't know much about KB but he does seem an AO legend. Apart from that nasty looking blue smudge that's his avatar ;-)

I'll accept that the 156 is not going in.. Sigh.


This was just my list,literally off the top of my head with almost no real consideration, as I said at the top. It can be in your own list of icons, or produce a poll with a different slant; "Definitive sports saloons" or the most significant saloon in a marque's history?
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I struggled with this. The most popular was my other consideration (Mexico..) but for me it was the Audi. I tried to buy an Audi GT (failed) because of the Quattro.
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