Over the span of its 49 years and five generations, the Ford Mustang has held a special place in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts in the US, but, as it turns out, this car is also very popular amongst European car lovers. Earlier this summer, AutoScout24 – a new and used car shopping site in Europe – polled around 75,000 European "car lovers" (not sure how they vetted the respondents) to see which cars were the most popular, and the Mustang came out on top over iconic European classics like the BMW M1 and Volkswagen Beetle.

In the whole of Europe, 37 percent of those polled dream of owning a Mustang, but that number jumps in individual countries like Austria (42 percent) and Spain (41 percent). Rounding out the top five popular classics in Europe are the Mini and Citroën 2CV. Find out which cars made up the rest of the top 10 in the press release posted below.
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Ford Mustang and BMW M1 are Europe's cult cars

AutoScout24 survey of 75,000 Europeans from seven countries gauges car lovers' most-wanted on the used car market

More than one in three Europeans (37 percent) dreams of owning a Ford Mustang, but the "pony car" has its biggest fan base in Austria (42 percent) and Spain (41 percent). At 34 percent, Germany is last but one in the country rankings for Mustang enthusiasts. The Germans are more likely to harbour a passion for cult models by car manufacturer Volkswagen. These were the findings of a survey of 75,046 Europeans, which AutoScout24 carried out as part of the 11th Internet Auto Award.

Germany's cult of the Beetle and Bulli

In Europe, the Mustang is followed by another sports car, the angular BMW M1, cited by 20 percent of the people surveyed. Third place in the survey's popularity stakes goes to the classic VW Beetle (11 percent). The Italians and the Germans are particularly fond of this cult car (14 percent), closely followed by respondents in Austria (11 percent), France, Spain, Belgium (10 percent each) and the Netherlands (9 percent). Although, at five percent, the Bulli ranks just sixth in the comparison of European countries, behind the classic MINI and the Citroën 2CV, its popularity among Germans is particularly striking: one in seven of them would like to own this make. The Austrians are almost equally keen on the Bulli (10 percent). The next few ranks on the list of Europe's most coveted cult models are occupied by the Opel Manta and Ford Capri (4 percent each), the Renault 4 and Fiat X1/9 (2 percent each) and the "Trabbi" (1 percent).

More information about the survey: The survey was conducted as part of the vote on the 11th Internet Auto Award, between 15.01.2013 and 15.03.2013. AutoScout24 carried out an online survey of a total of 75,046 users throughout Europe (5,002 in Belgium, 30,410 in Germany, 15,108 in France, 11,797 in Italy, 3,739 in the Netherlands, 2,745 in Austria and 6,245 in Spain). AutoScout24 will gladly provide detailed data about the cult models on request.


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      ponycargt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kind of makes you wonder if Ford is making the right decision moving the next generation car away from the retro styling, toward something more modern and European. It might win some new American customers, but one of the reasons Europeans like the mustang is its Amercan-ness. It will be interesting to see how the new car does in both the American and foreign markets.
      Alex Ingram
      • 1 Year Ago
      Makes sense that its such a desirable classic - Its a fantastic looking car, and they cost sensible money, even for a mint one. Plus, if people don't have aspirations to imitate James Bond, then they more than likely want to be Frank Bullitt instead... Out of those top five, I've driven a Mini (loved it), my brother owns a Beetle, and I *really* want the other three.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh '69 Mach 1, how gorgeous you are...
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had one and like a fool I let it get away.
      Groagun
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really this shouldn't come as any surprise. Europeans really don't have or have had a car like this: good for them as far as I am concerned. I've never been a fan of the Mustang but let's face it, apple pie, hot dogs, baseball and now the Mustang are home grown American symbols to the world.
        Mr.Roadrage
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Groagun
        The original Capri is seen as a European answer to the Mustang. It's massively popular as a classic in the UK.
        Narom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Groagun
        I think its due to the attainability of it, or lack thereof. The mini is loved by the country but anyone can go out and get one, heck i've got one alongside my 63 plate Golf. The Mustang is one of those classics which you want, rare but not silly rare and expensive like an E-type or DB5. I'd love one myself.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kind of makes sense- the early Mustangs were smaller (better scaled for European driving conditions) and with s six affordable to run.
      car-a-holic
      • 1 Year Ago
      They certainly aren't all that hard to love. I wish I had a nice v8 version myself......
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Makes sense. European cars are boring, overpriced, and unreliable, with the few exceptions being Mercedes and to an extent, Jaguar. The real car enthusiasts over there probably would go for non-European cars.
        Indubitably
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Until 2006 or so, Jaguars were never reliable yet alone affordable.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Wow, small minded much?
        Thomas Decker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I'm more baffled that you think of all the Euro brands that Benz and Jag are the most reliable, un-boring, priced right ......yikes!
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Europeans don't like Chevrolet and are leaving Opel too,reason......Daewoo cars are the main core for the small chevrolets,selling the Daewoo Laceti as Chevrolet Cruze,Daewoo Matiz as Chevrolet Matiz and missing great old Opel Cars like the Calibra,Monza,Senator and why care for classic cars that the main company don't care,at least ford is been always and for 40 years with the mustang,Shame also on them that the Capri is no more!
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis A. Martinez
        Stupidest post you've written to date. When it comes to classic cars, there are very many Chevrolets that europeans buy and have shipped back to europe. Corvettes, Bel Air, Camaros, '47 - '54 trucks, 57 trucks etc. The thing about collector cars, is that you won't normally see them on the road. However, that doesn't mean they are not there. Mustangs and Thunderbirds are the most collectibles post war cars that Ford has, and the T-Bird seems to have lost its thunder lately. Which leaves the Mustang, and really only the sixties Mustangs. Mustangs of later vintage are mostly hobby cars, not true collectibles.
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          From having visited my relatives over there many times, and when we talk about American cars in general they mention 'Mustang' as the one that comes to mind immediately. Heck, one evening we walking along a crowded street in Verona Italy and parked in front of a bar was a Corvette Z06 and one relative says to me, is that a Mustang?
          Indubitably
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Same thing happened to me. Mother in law saw a red Ferrari and immediately thought it was a mustang -- due to the prancing horse emblem I suppose.
          Sir Duke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          gtv: That's funny.
      Richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      ALL I CAN SAY IS, PROTECT US, HELP US HELP OTHERS. BUY AMERICAN
      Tim Emerson
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is lovely car. I used to drive one of them. I do not if this is most wanted or not. It is a classic of all times. - Well captured pictures as well - Tim @ Greetings from the office of http://www.howtolosefathq.com
      breitling65
      • 1 Year Ago
      it is possibly best looking ever car made in America, no wonder why. latest mustangs looks like angry bulldog, nothing left from elegant site of this mustang.
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