Even in today’s age of high-tech cars, classic vehicles still hold something special for enthusiasts. Their beautiful exteriors and powerful engines captivate fans of these timeless automobiles, drawing them closer to them than ever.
Mention a Ferrari 250 GTO and all eyes will light up. This unique vehicle brings back muscle car power.
1. Aston Martin DB5
James Bond has long been associated with vodka martinis, Walther PPK guns and Rolex watches as symbols of his character; none can match the Aston Martin DB5, introduced in 1963 as an advancement from their previous DB4 models. Utilizing a tubular steel frame with hand-shaped aluminum body panels mounted directly to it for support.
The DB5 became widely recognized due to its prominent role in the 1964 film Goldfinger, featuring Sean Connery. James Bond used this car with various gadgets installed such as rear smoke screens, driver door telephone, and even a radar screen tracking map simulated radar screen tracking map.
2. Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic
Jean Bugatti, son of company founder Ettore, designed the Aerolithe concept car in 1935 and its fluid lines would later inspire four coachbuilt Type 57 Atlantics such as this one.
Hemmings estimates that only three aluminum-bodied cars remain today. Of these three cars, one stands out: chassis 57591 is known as “The Pope Atlantic,” due to the unique external headlights extending out from its front fenders and becoming iconic over time.
It was completed for British R.B. Pope and now belongs to fashion mogul Ralph Lauren.
3. Rolls-Royce Dawn Drophead
Though similar in appearance to its stablemate the Wraith, over 80% of the Dawn Drophead’s body panels are unique to it – giving this vehicle its own individual identity and setting it apart from its sister model. Designers were keen on giving it its own distinct presence within its class of vehicles – which it certainly does!
The car’s designers based it on an exclusive variant of the Silver Dawn from 1950 to 1954 – just 28 were manufactured – which resulted in an affordable four-seat convertible that is quieter than most convertibles today with both tops up or down.
4. Ferrari 250 GTO
As Ferraris go, this one stands out. Its curvy body still looks sleek and aggressive after 50 years!
Bizzarrini and Scaglietti created the GTO as part of homologation requirements for FIA Group 3 Grand Touring Car motorsport competition, and intended to compete against AC Cobra and Jaguar E-Type models. Today, examples of this stunning automobile command significant money and attention.
5. Ford Thunderbird
Ford’s Thunderbird, popularly referred to as T-Bird, made its debut in 1955 and helped pioneer a new market segment for luxury personal vehicles. Designed with square corners that weren’t compromised with any rounded edges up front or behind, T-Bird seemed capable of outrunning fighter jets at top speeds.
Instead of the sleek Jaguar XK-140 or seductive Chevrolet Corvette, this car used regular Ford parts to keep costs down while giving it a youthful and athletic appearance. Inside were round, simple gauges with dials for speed control as well as a Dial-O-Matic power seat which could be adjusted when starting up the car.
6. Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet’s Camaro car was introduced as its answer to Ford Mustang’s growing popularity. The second-generation of this model was available from 1970 until 1981 with both V6 and V8 engine options.
Camaros could gain even more power thanks to a unique ordering system known as COPO, which enabled two rare models with cast iron engines capable of producing up to 430 horsepower to be produced.
7. Jaguar E-Type
The E-Type was one of the most beautiful cars ever produced, drawing inspiration from factory racecars that helped Jaguar win five Le Mans victories during its production run in the 1950s. Additionally, this vehicle pioneered monocoque construction and independent rear suspension technology on roads cars for road use.
The E-Type or XKE as it was known in America had a 14 year production run and has become a classic car that costs millions to buy and maintain.
8. Shelby Mustang
The Mustang is a classic American muscle car. Launched in 1964, its combination of power and style quickly took the world by storm.
Shelby modified Ford Mustangs for racing competition. His cars could be identified by their fiberglass hoods and numerous scoops designed to draw air in for improved performance.
At SEMA Show 2013, Weld Wheels displayed this 2013 wide body Super Snake Shelby Mustang featuring an exclusive front bumper, rear diffuser, spoiler, carbon fiber components and spoiler.
9. Dodge Viper
The original Dodge Viper was an exhilarating ride. Launched in 1991, its two-seat roadster design packed an enormous amount of power while remaining light and agile enough for daily driving conditions.
Dodge sought assistance from Lamborghini – then owned by Chrysler – to assist in engine design for their trucks. A V-10 iron block engine originally intended for vehicles was altered to become lighter and more powerful for use by Dodge.