In considering which vehicles are the ultimate in visual design and intrigue, there are multiple features, which must be taken into account. The curvature and design of the lines, the individual styles, which become the essence of various vehicle manufacturers’ signature offerings lend themselves to the innovative usage of these elements in tandem in order to create something unique, beautiful, and iconic. Here, we will explore the five best looking cars of all time, taking into account all of the aforementioned aspects in order to assign definitive ranks.
5. 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV
The last model in the Miura line produced by the iconic exotic luxury vehicle manufacturer Lamborghini, this gorgeous vehicle is as impressive to look at as it is under the hood. The fastest Lamborghini of its time, this car is capable of going from zero to sixty in five and a half seconds, boasting an impressive top speed of one hundred and seventy miles per hour. After one year of production, and only one hundred and fifty Miura SVs ever produced, this stunning classic is truly a feat to behold. At recent auctions, ’71 Miura SV models have sold for a hefty $900,000.00 US.
4. 1966 Ford GT40
The Ford GT40 is a high-performance American racing car, which boasts a specially designed 4.9 litre engine with special alloy Gurney-Weslake cylinder heads. It is the only American car to be the overall winner of the 24 Hours Le Mans (the world’s oldest car endurance rally), and it won this title consecutively for four years in a row, from 1966 to 1969. Between its highly impressive performance specifications and classic American muscle car design, the ’66 Ford GT40 is the ultimate in both form and function. At a recent auction, the GT40 has sold for $11,000,000.00 US.
3. 1964 Aston Martin DB5
The vehicle of choice for James Bond himself in 1964’s “Goldfinger”, the Aston Martin DB5 is equal parts sexy and rugged, with beautiful curvature, luxurious interior features including wool-pile carpeting and electric windows, and Aston Martin’s signature attention to the finer details of design that lend themselves to such an iconic vehicle. It is no slouch under the hood, either – the ’64 DB5 boasts a 4.0 litre engine with a five-speed transmission, and is capable of a top speed of one hundred and forty-five miles per hour. While the vehicle used in “Goldfinger” fetched a staggering $4,600,000.00 US at auction in 2010, a unit that was not used in the Bond films went for $833,000.00 US just a few months prior.
2. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
Introduced in 1954 as a two-seater sports car, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL is an absolutely stunning classic vehicle with loads of personality and plenty of impressive features under the hood. Best recognized by its signature gull-wing doors and unique architecture, the 300SL was designed by Daimler-Benz's chief developing engineer, Rudolf Ulenhaut. The vehicle hosts a 3.0 litre, six cylinder direct injection engine, which allows it a maximum speed of up to one hundred and sixty one miles per hour, which made it the fastest production car of its day. This classic beauty recently fetched $850,000.00 US for a pre-production model; and a 1955 model with an aluminium alloy body sold for a staggering $4,620,000.00 US at auction.
1. 1965 Jaguar E-Type
The best way to illustrate the allure of the ’65 Jaguar E-Type refers back to a legend in the car industry, which claims that at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, Enzo Ferrari himself remarked that the car was “the most beautiful he had ever seen”. Boasting a design from the renowned aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer, the E-Type’s streamlined lines, compound curves, and glass covered headlights come together to create a vehicle that is equal parts visually stunning and impressive in function. It’s been an inspiration for many of the new models including the Jaguar F-Type, XF and R models. With a zero to sixty time of roughly seven seconds, the ’65 E-Type hits a top speed of one hundred and fifty miles per hour.
Bradley Taylor loves writing about anything automotive, from classics to formula one. He is also a keen football fan and you can always find him on Twitter and Google Plus.