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If you're planning a family day out this summer, take a look at Coventry Transport Museum. There are more than 240 cars to see at the site, which recently underwent a £9.5 million redevelopment. To celebrate the museum's reopening, motoring expert, Harry Metcalfe, nominated his list of life changing cars, those whose arrival had an indelible impact upon the automotive landscape.

Lamborghini Miura

Often called the first supercar, the Lamborghini Miura was the fastest production road car in the world when it was released in 1966. Decades later, it is as desirable for its retro glam styling as for its performance.

Mini

An obvious candidate, the Mini's revolutionary front wheel drive mechanicals changed the way small cars were built and opened up a whole new market segment.

Jaguar C-Type

This Le Mans 24 Hour winner from 1951-1953 introduced disc brakes. Based upon the XK120, it was basic in the extreme and entirely track focused, even in road going form.

Land Rover Series I

What later became known as the Defender goes back to 1948's post war utility vehicle. Due to be discontinued this year thanks to interference by the nanny state, it is an undeniable motoring icon, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth II and as at home in a muddy field as the streets of Chelsea.

Porsche 911 Turbo

The turbo might be ubiquitous now, but in 1974 it was a risky move for the 911, one which made it the fastest car in the mass produced market.

Range Rover

Almost single handedly responsible for creating the much despised 'Chelsea tractor' phenomenon, the first luxury SUV is 45 years old this year.

Ferrari F40

Enzo Ferrari's last personal sign off was on this, the most expensive and fastest Ferrari ever at the time, which broke the 200mph barrier for the first time.

Audi Quattro

The car that took four wheel drive from the fields to the blacktop, the UR Quattro enjoyed a massively successful rallying career and is now one of the most desirable classics on the market.

Bugatti Veyron

One of the most publicly hyped cars ever, the Veyron became famous for its 253mph 'fastest car in the world status', its £1 million price tag and innumerable special editions.

Jaguar C-X75

The first hybrid supercar previewed the arrival of the likes of the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918. However, it never made production. It will, nonetheless, be making its film debut in the 24th James Bond film, Spectre.

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