There are so many beautiful cars, so making a list of just 10 was a difficult task. Think of all those stunning automobiles: Ferrari, Jaguar, Chevrolet, Bugatti, Aston Martin, to name just a few. After a lot of research, I settled on these ten four-wheel beauties. Take a look, and let me know if you like my picks.
Built by Daimler-Benz AG, the 300SL was best known for its distinctive gull wing doors, first-ever consumer fuel-injection, and world’s fastest top speed. The gull wing version was available from March 1955 to 1957. Today, the 300SL with its unique doors, technological firsts, and low production numbers is considered one of the most collectible Mercedes-Benz models, with prices generally in the US$700,000-1,000,000 range.
Here on the pictures is an ultra rare 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL with an all aluminum body (only 29 made). In 2012, it was sold for US$4.62 million at the Scottsdale Auctions in Arizona.
The Ferrari TR, or 250 Testa Rossa, is a race car model built by Ferrari in the 1950s and 60s. In all, thirty-four 250 Testa Rossas were built, from 1956 through 1961. The phrase “Testa Rossa” means “red head.”
The most well known, the 250TR, was produced from 1957 to 1958; only 2 factory cars and 19 customer cars were built. A 1957 250 Testa Rossa sold on August 20, 2011 for $16,400,000.
Most famous from the James Bond movies, Austin-Healey 3000 is a British sports car built from 1959 to 1967, and is probably the best known of all Healey models.
Austin-Healey 3000 was a successful car which won its class in many European rallies in its heyday, and is still used in competition by enthusiasts today.
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is an mid engined sports car built by Alfa Romeo of Italy. “Stradale” (Italian for “road-going”) is a term often used by Italian car manufacturer to indicate a street-legal (usually heavily modified and/or underpowered) version of a sports car. The car was introduced at the Sport Car Show at Monza, Italy in September 1967.
Built in an attempt by Alfa to make some of its racing technology available to the public, the 33 Stradale was the most expensive automobile for sale to the public in 1968 at US$17,000. Only 18 have been made.
The Chevrolet Corvette (C1) is the first generation of the sports car by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. First introduced late in 1953 it was manufactured until 1962.
With its characteristic four taillights and unique, boat-tail design, Chevrolet Corvette was launched as a concept vehicle, and remains to this day a true world-class sports car.
The Bugatti Type 57 and later variants (including the famous Atlantic and Atalante) was an entirely new design by Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore. The Type 57S/SC is one of the best-known Bugatti cars. The “S” stood for “surbaissé” (“lowered”). It included a v-shaped dip at the bottom of the radiator and mesh grilles on either side of the engine compartment. Only 43 models were built.
In 2008 the Bugatti Type 57S with chassis number 57502 built in 1937 with the Atalante coachwork for Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe was discovered in a private garage in Newcastle upon Tyne, having been stored untouched for 48 years and known about only by a select few people. It was auctioned in February 2009 at the Retromobile motor show in Paris, France, fetching €3.4 million (~ US$5 million), becoming one of the highest valued cars in automotive history, owing much to its extremely low mileage, original condition and ownership pedigree.
World famous for its beautiful, classy design and racing motor, Aston Martin DBR2 was a British sports racing car built in 1957. The company, Aston Martin Lagonda, was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford.
The Jaguar E-Type (a.k.a. Jaguar XK-E) is a British sports car, manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1974. Its combination of good looks, high performance and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. On its release Enzo Ferrari called it “The most beautiful car ever made”. More than 70,000 E-Types were sold.
The New York City Museum of Modern Art recognised the significance of the E-Type’s design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection, one of only six automobiles to receive the distinction.
The Mercedes 500K (type W29) is a grand touring car built by Mercedes-Benz between 1934 and 1936. Today, the cars remain highly prized for their heritage and scarcity.
When the car collection of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone was auctioned in October 2007, his 500K Special Cabriolet fetched almost £700,000 (US$1.45 million).
Talbot was a French automobile manufacturer based in Suresnes, Hauts de Seine, outside of Paris. In 1935, company was acquired and reorganised by Venetian born engineer Antonio Lago and after that, the Talbot-Lago name was used.
Lago was an excellent engineer who developed the existing six-cylinder engine into a high-performance 4-litre one. The sporting six-cylinder models had a great racing history. The bodies, such as this beautiful T150 coupé, were made by excellent coach builders such as Figoni, Falaschi and Saoutchik.
Which one of these cars do you like best? And, is your favorite ride listed here at all? I’d love to hear what other great cars I must have missed. Feel free to comment.