It's time to get revenge on all the boring history classes you sat through and start messing with the people of the past. Here are ten cars Jalopnik readers picked to exploit and terrify the great men and women of history.


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10.) Hummer H1

Suggested By: F50F60

Where: Middle America

When: The 1950s

Why: While everyone is dreaming of a bright nuclear future filled with driverless cars whizzing down the highway as laden with chrome and tailfins as ever, you come in and shatter that vision.


Tell the people of postwar America that all anyone drives in 2011 are hulking ex-military vehicles. You get to trick the world into thinking the future is an apocalyptic hellhole. Feel free to blame the Russians / a young Ralph Nader / magnets.

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9.) Pontiac Aztek

Suggested By: uredrellande

Where: Detroit


Why: In 1971, GM introduced the Pontiac Ventura, a perfect clone of the popular Chevy Nova. It was the beginning of Pontiac's decline into a badge-engineered wasteland.


After you're done scaring children with its front end, show an Aztek to Pontiac design studios. Let it serve as a warning for where they're going.

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8.) Bugatti Veyron

Suggested By: Shane Elliot

Where: The German Autobahn

When: The 1930s

Why: Nazi Germany is about as far back in time as you can go if you want to stretch the legs of the world's most super supercar. You could go to the AVUS track, just outside of Berlin and out-race the Auto Unions and supercharged Benzes.


When you're done you could go pick up one of your relatives hiding in somebody's basement and GTFO. But you only get to save one. That's what you get for bringing a two-seater.

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7.) Lamborghini Aventador

Suggested By: Kiwi_Commander

Where: Italy

When: The late 1940s.

Why: Have fun explaining an Aventador to a people who are just getting over Mussolini and a second World War. Oh, this thing? Yeah some guy who makes tractors built it.


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6.) Audi R18

Suggested By: rawtoast

Where: Le Mans

When: 1955

Why: Not only do you get to pretend to be an invading space-being, with a full race suit and a whooshing turbodiesel drivetrain at your disposal, but you also get to bump Pierre Levegh and Lance Macklin out of the way of Mike Hawthorn's decelerating D-Type Jag, preventing the most horrific racing accident of all time.


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5.) Subaru STi

Suggested By: LastActionZero

Where: The American South

When: The Prohibition Era

Why: You own the fastest possible car for America's winding, poorly surfaced, pre-interstate roadway. If you want to play the good guy, you could become the fastest lawman in the country, freaking out moonshiners with bonkers speed.


If you want to make some money, drink some hooch, and be the baddest shine-runner of all time, you could do well with welding an extra tank in your trunk for all that sweet, sweet, illegal whiskey.

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4.) Toyota Camry V6

Suggested By: Ash Jong-Un

Where: Woodward Avenue, Detroit

When: Just about any time in the 1960s.

Why: It's time to go out-race a bunch of he-man macho drag racers with a four-door sedan from Japan. It's like trolling a muscle car forum, but in real life.


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3.) Dakar Touareg

Suggested By: Ding dong, the Spieg Jong-Il is dead

Where: The American Frontier

When: The late 1800s.

Why: In no-paved-roads America, you now own the fastest point-to-point vehicle in the world. Have fun.


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2.) Lexus LFA

Suggested By: WantToHoon

Where: Japan

When: The late 1940s.

Why: As if its exhaust note wouldn't be enough to freak the shit out of people, the idea that Japan would pick itself up to build a howling supercar made out of woven carbon fiber would be absolutely mind blowing. Speed racer's Mach 5 would probably end up looking a lot more like an LFA.


Photo Credit: Lexus UK


1.) Rinspeed Splash

Suggested By: POLAR

Where: Rome

When: Before they started burning people as heretics all the time. Maybe a few hundred A.D.


Why: The religious implications of a car that can drive over water mean that you could have a lot of power if you played your cards right. Just remember to stock up on fuel so the fun doesn't run out.

Photo Credit: Rinspeed

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