1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
The man who just dished out $52 million dollars for this classic in 2013probably realized he wasn’t just buying a car, he was realizing a dream. Just look at it. The GTO was Ferrari’s way of telling the world that anything it producedwas faster, more desirable and better in every way.
Its unmatched performance on the road and resounding success on the racetrack made it one of the greatest cars ever produced by Maranello. It also happens to be the most expensive car in the world – ever. Now stop drooling over the picture and hear that glorious V-12 sing.
1963 Aston Martin DB5
Driven by none other than James Bond in Goldfinger, the DB5 is probably Aston Martin’s most achingly beautiful creation – and that’s saying a lot considering the company has produced the likes of the V8 Vantage Volantes of the 80s and 90s, and the DB7.
True motoring enthusiasts must have cringed when this cult car was destroyed towards in the movie. However, even without its starring role in the Bond films,it was an accomplished grand tourer.Plus, if it’s good enough for 007, who is anyone to argue?
Named after a god of wind, the quality of materials used to manufacture this hypercar is astonishing. Just the ‘Huayra’ badge placed on the rear takes 24 hours to craft from a single block of aluminum. One can only imagine the efforts that go into making the bigger bits. It is indeed a performance beast with a 0-60 time of less than three seconds, and flat out, it will sail well past 320 km/h.
1961 Jaguar E-type
Considered by many to be the epitome of automotive design, the E-Type will remain one of the most desirable cars ever produced. The sight of one immediately has a person dreaming of a leisurely drive along the French Riviera with the top down. Its high performance, good looks and competitive price,made this Jag an icon of the 60s, with as many as 70,000 pieces being sold. This car was so pretty that it topped the Daily Telegraph’s list of 100 Most Beautiful Cars with four times as many votes as the other candidates.
1992 McLaren F1
No one saw anything like the McLaren F1 when it was first unveiled in 1992 and it is doubtful anyone ever will. The Gordon Murray concept made headlines the moment it broke the record for the fastest production car in the world at 372 km/h. This car from Wokingin Surrey, England, had a unique driving position with the driver sitting slap bang in the middle of the cockpit. Two other passengers could sit on either side. Essentially, McLaren wanted to build a Formula 1 car for the road and achieved their goal in every respect. It may not be the most beautiful thing on the road, but boy could it tear it up.
1968 Ferrari Daytona
This, in the opinion of many who understand automobiles better than most, is the most stunning-looking Ferrari ever made. Along with the Lamborghini Countach, it was the car most seen on your average teenager’s wall during the 70s.
However, that was where the similarities ended. The Countach was about as impossible to drive as a tractor, but the Ferrari, on the other hand; that was a bit special. Although astonishingly fast for its time, the Daytona wasn’t really built for speed. It was another long distance tourer, a classic GT car, and possibly the finest the world has ever seen.
Oh and by the way, the car you saw in the first two seasons of Miami Vice is not a Daytona. It was a replica of the Ferrari and based on a Corvette chassis.
1966 Lamborghini Miura
Okay, maybe it had the tendency to fly off every now and then, but nobody ever held that against the ancestor of the Diablo, Murcielago and Aventador. No jokes about the flying though. In the days when the black art of aerodynamics hadn’t been perfected, this 370 horsepower monster had serious nose lift at high speed, making the owner wonder if he was in a road car or a plane about to take off. Quite a scary thought, but that is what every big Lambo is supposed to do– terrorize the man behind the wheel.
1966 Dodge Charger
The good guys drive the Ford Mustang, but let’s face it;the bad guys chasing them in the Dodge Charger are always much cooler. Anyone remember the iconic car chase scene from Bullit? It may not have been able to handle corners as well as its European counterparts and the brakes were as good as nonexistent, but it could really move in a straight line. Also, there’s no denying that its one unit front grille with sliding doors for the headlamps was breathtaking to look at.
1964 Ford GT40
This car was the direct result of a clash between the two biggest names, and egos, in the motoring industry. When Enzo Ferrari refused to sell his company to Henry Ford, the latter ordered his racing division to find a company that would end the dominance of the scarlet at the Le Mans 24 hours race. The Lola racing team was chosen and the car they developed, with later modifications from Carol Shelby, dominated Le Mans in 1964 with three cars taking the top three positions. What Ford managed was not a new car, it created a yardstick. The few GT40s in existence today are a dream for any car enthusiast as they can also be driven on the road.
1954 Mercedes 300SL
No list of desirable automobiles can be complete without the mesmerizing Gullwing.Today, a good 300SL is worth anywhere between $700,000 and $1000,000. It’s worth every penny just for the looks, but this was also no slouch in terms of performance. In fact, it was the fastest production car in the world in its time. The upward opening gullwing doors were a unique feature and allowed the driver easy access to the cabin. However, it was a different story if the German beauty somehow landed up on its roof.