Since 1959, Barbie, the plastic embodiment of perfection, has been teaching girls that they can be anything they want. Over her six-decade-long career, she’s racked up quite a collection of dream jobs and hobbies. She’s been a doctor, astronaut, a presidential candidate, and even a unicorn princess (eat your heart out, Elon Musk). But, throughout all of her varied careers, one thing has remained consistent — Barbie’s undeniable sense of style. And nowhere is this more evident than in her exquisite, and often eccentric, collection of automobiles. So if you missed your opportunity to own a Mattel Maserati, let’s buckle up and take a journey through Barbie’s very own motorcade of pink, plastic glamour.
The Barbie Dream Car: Where it All Began
It was in 1962 that Barbie acquired her first car – a stylish Austin-Healey 3000 MKII. Sure, it was not pink, but we can forgive her as it was her first foray into the world of automotive ownership. It had doors that really opened, an adjustable rearview mirror, and a groovy picnic set. In Barbie’s world, life was all about road trips, picnics, and having fun.
The Pink Revolution: Barbie’s First Pink Corvette
Fast-forward to 1978, Barbie got her first Pink Corvette. Oh yes, this was when Barbie’s love affair with pink truly took off. The car was emblematic of the era’s culture – loud, bold, and colorful. It was Barbie’s declaration to the world that she was here to stay, in style. From this moment forward, Barbie and pink became as inseparable as peanut butter and jelly, as undeniable as a cat video going viral on the internet.
The Glam Mobile: Barbie’s Ferrari
Barbie decided to embrace her need for speed in 1986 with the introduction of her Ferrari. This red sports car was a departure from the established pink norm, but hey, it’s a Ferrari. Let’s just say, it was a bold choice that screamed, “Barbie can be a badass too!” This Ferrari became a favorite among Barbie fans for it oozed class, style, and adventure.
The Environmental Conscious Turn: Barbie’s VW Beetle
In the late ’90s, Barbie decided to go green, well figuratively at least. She got herself a charming Volkswagen Beetle in 1998, a car well-known for its iconic design and fuel-efficiency. It seemed that Barbie was sending a message to the world about the importance of environmental consciousness. That’s one way to use your influence!
The Luxurious Upgrade: Barbie’s Escalade
Fast forward to 2006, Barbie went all-in on luxury and got herself a Cadillac Escalade. The Escalade, equipped with all the “bling” of a hip-hop mogul’s ride, was an unapologetic symbol of Barbie’s decadence. It was not just a car; it was a statement – Barbie might be a toy, but she’s not playing around when it comes to her ride.
Throughout the decades, Barbie’s cars have reflected the changing times and trends, from embracing environmental consciousness to symbolizing independence and the empowerment of women. They have been as diverse and evolving as her career choices, making Barbie not just a fashion icon, but a vehicular trendsetter as well.