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Ten Most Beautiful Cars of All Time

We buy cars for all sorts of reasons, but for true petrol-heads the car is a thing of beauty, and some cars are just truly breathtaking

In no particular order, here are ten examples with heartbreakingly good looks...


1) 1954 Mercedes 300SL

When the 300SL was launched, it was the fastest production car you could buy. It was the first road car you could buy with fuel injection, and it boasted a host of other innovations. Mostly, though, it was just absolutely gorgeous. The sweeping lines and aggressive wings are perfectly proportioned, and the classic Mercedes silver and the red leather interior beg you to jump in the step-over door and just drive away. 


2) 1966 Ford GT40

The Ford GT40 came about as the result of a spat between Henry Ford and Enzo Ferrari. Ford had tried to buy Ferrari, but Enzo refused and the spurned suitor decided to take his revenge by building a car to beat the Ferraris. The result was the GT40, so called because it is only 40 inches tall. The car was a roaring success and claimed all three podium places at the 1966 24-hour Le Mans endurance race. Its looks match the performance. 


3) 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB

Ferrari didn't hang about, and in 1967 they responded with the 275 GTB, which could do 165mph and was the first production car to integrate the gearbox with the rear axle for better weight distribution. Its long nose and short tail were features that were to be much copied. 


4) 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California

No apologies for going with another Ferrari. This was the car that caused all the trouble in the film 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', and it has also caused countless heads to turn. The two-seater convertible is reckoned by some to be the most beautiful car ever made, and it certainly makes a case for that accolade. 


5) 1964 Aston Martin DB5

This is the car made famous by James Bond in Goldfinger, and although not all of the models come with machine guns and ejector seats, they do all come with the same stunning good looks. An aggressive upright stance and a snorting air vent on the bonnet give some idea of the power of the beast, while just looking at it confirms all you need to know about its beauty. 


6) 1965 Jaguar E-Type

No less an authority than Enzo Ferrari called the E-Type the most beautiful car ever made. He may have been right. The E-Type was also ground-breaking and brought super-car performance to those on a much tighter budget. It could, allegedly, do 150mph and was instrumental in bringing in speed limits on motorways after astonished traffic cops watched it being tested on the M1. Its brakes were said to be innovative, but nobody really cares as the car is just so damned good-looking.


7) 1970 Dodge Challenger

Into the 1970s, and an altogether different look in the Dodge Challenger. This is muscular and handsome rather than pretty and was made famous in the film 'Vanishing Point' in 1971. The pillarless coupé has a butch appeal and is still very collectible today. 


8) 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

Perhaps the very first hyper-car, the Miura looked astonishing. The huge V12 engine was mounted amidships for perfect balance, and it provided enough power to make the Miura one of the fastest cars you could buy in 1971. Its dramatic looks are not for everyone, but it must be included here as one of the most exotic-looking cars ever to be built. 


9) 1973 Porsche Carrera RS

The design of the 911 hasn't changed much down the years, but it is undoubtedly a classic. It is hard to pick a winner from these very similar models, but the 1973 Carrera perhaps best epitomises the famous look. It had bigger rear wheels and more rounded haunches and came with beefed-up brakes and fuel injection, making it a great performer as well as a great looker. 


10) 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600

This was the car featured in the film 'The Graduate' with Dustin Hoffman. It's not as powerful, exotic or expensive as some of the other cars on the list, but it brought true motoring beauty tantalisingly within reach for those with more modest means. The simple red two-seat convertible sums up care-free motoring and recalls the simple motoring of the 1960s.



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