How easy is it to sell a million cars? Considering the amount of overproduction and how many new cars are sold worldwide every day, you'd have thought it was pretty easy. In reality only a few car makers have achieved this magic figure. Unfortunately, not always reaching the million mark means reaching a cult status.
You'd hardly call Toyota Corolla a cult car. Eleven generations and 40 million units later, you'd struggle to find a reason to admire the Corolla. It probably lacks that secret ingredient that makes some cars true classics.
This visualisation looks at six cars that can unanimously be called cult cars. Some of them may not have sold millions but certain properties have cemented their reputation and people still turn heads and look back as the car passes by.
When a car reaches a cult status and begins to live its own independent life rooted in popular culture, car makers may decide to resurrect the former glory in a newer, shinier shell.
That's exactly what happened with the six cars included in this graph: Volkswagen Beetle, Fiat 500, BMW 6-Series, Mini Cooper, Volkswagen Scirocco and Alfa Romeo 8C. Although some famous names had to wait just a decade to be resurrected, like the VW Scirocco, others like Alfa Romeo 8C took 79 years to finally earn a renewed popularity. You can see from this visualisation that when comparing Then and Now, the Now is consistently bigger.
The new cars have gained power, size, speed and of course the price. We've also looked at the prices in the used car market. Unlike the mainstream old bangers that go for a couple of hundred pounds, these cult cars tend to hold the price and even appreciate with time.
A well-kept rust-free example of a classic VW Beetle or Fiat 500 can cost more than what the car used to cost back in the 1960s when it was new. However, the biggest appreciation out of these six has happened to the Alfa Romeo 8C.
It wasn't a cheap car back in the 1930s but in today's classic car market expect to pay over 4 million for a restored example.
Is any of their resurrected counterparts going to be the future classic car? We can certainly see the potential!