There's no doubt Australia was made for motorised transport.
A sparse population spread over a huge continent meant the car became intrinsic to Australian life.
It delivered personal freedom, taking is to places we could never have got to otherwise, kept us in contact and helped us make new friends.
Brands like Holden, Ford and Toyota became a part of our national identity and helped many of us define our individual personalities with vehicles such as the 48-215, the Falcon and the Landcruiser.
They're cars that have helped shape Australia culture, at times becoming better known for their advertising jingles or attachment to a TV show than how they transported people.
There have been others, such as Leyland, that tried and failed and local heroes like Bolwell, that made an impact but didn't last.
Through more than 100 years, the car has been with us, evolving as we do, becoming more sophisticated, more aspirational, more global.
Now, at a time when lifestyles are becoming more urban, the role and importance of the car continues to evolve.
The influence of the traditional sedan is waning and SUVs and pick-ups are on the rise. Electric vehicles are coming, and so is autonomy - or driverless cars.
The ride-sharing revolution means many people may not even own a vehicle in decades to come.
But whatever the future brings, it's important to celebrate what the motor vehicle has meant to Australia. We've tried to do that here, recognising 50 of the greatest four-wheeled influences on Australian life.
Popular or niche, extraordinary or quite mundane in their technology, stunning to drive or simply good enough to get you to the shops, this disparate collection all made a contribution and all are worth celebrating.
We've called them The Kings of the Road.
All hail the Kings of the Road.
Kings of the Road: 50 Cars that drove Australia