Enzo Ferrari is an Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari marque. He described Jaguar E-Type as ‘the most beautiful car ever made’. Modelled automobile after its predecessor, the D-type, and three-time Le Mans winner between 1955 and 1957, Jaguar E-Type was the D-type in a whole different level. Imagine taking the specifications of a three-time award winner to yet another level. It was faster than Ferrari at only a fraction of the price, and at the time was the ultimate sports car of its time. The three series of Jaguar E-Type were in production from 1961 to 1975. The Series 1 produced between 1961 and 1968 holds most value for collectors.
Maserati Ghibli 4.7
Aston Martin DB5
Compilation of classic cars would be incomplete without including the most famous Aston Martin DB5. Latest evolution of the DB4 series, DB5 was the quintessential British grand tourer, little wonder it was James Bonds’ choice for car. Although it is capable of speed of up to 145 mph, DB5 was more of a luxurious 2+2 than a sports car, with standard features such as wool pile carpets and electric windows. Built in a magnesium alloy body to super leggero patent technique and a wicked combination of Italian styling and British engineering, it has a 4.0 litre inline 6-cylinder engine. The DB5 was made the most famous car in the world starring in countless 007 movies.
Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
The world’s first supercar, Mercedes Gullwing was the fastest car of its time and an actual racing champion. Mercedes had planned not to continue with the production of the 300SL race car until Maxi Hoffman, official American importer of Mercedes-Benz tirelessly campaigned to make sure they changed their mind. Launched at the New York International Motor Show in 1954, Mercedes Gullwing received the acclaim of the admiring crowds. Designed with a racing heritage built over a space frame chassis and a flat elegant body boasting impressive aerodynamics and a powerful straight six developing 215 bhp, it was the first for Mercedes with a fuel injected engine that had never been seen before. The 29 Mercedes Gullwing built in aluminium now worth four times the already expensive steel versions.
The American automaker, General Motors, had been in loggerhead with fellow automotive giant, Ford, until the 60’s when it reached the peak as Ford released the Ford Mustang. At this point, Chevrolet started working on a more powerful car, codenamed ‘Panther’. Panther was later revealed to be the Camaro, which immediately took charge as a supercar to be reckoned with.
While Camaro has gone through several modifications over the years, the classic model with its twin racing stripes is still hard to beat.
Ford Boss Mustang
The Boss 302 came to life in 1969 out of a long-running competition with Chevrolet, in which Ford aimed to overthrow the Camaro as the king of the road. This resulted into one of the true icons of the automotive world with a slick aesthetic and a performance that really puts the ‘muscle’ in muscle car.
The Boss 302 Mustang was designed by Larry Shinoda, a former General Motors’ employee.
Produced by the Italian automaker between 1966 and 1973, Lamborghini Miura set the standard for supercars across the world. It was the first ever racing car to have a rear mid-engine layout, the same configuration seen in all racing cars nowadays. The Miura has a naturally aspirated twelve cylinders in V transverse middle engine providing a maximum torque of 369 Nm, available from 5000 rpm and a maximum power output of 350 PS available at 7000 rpm transmitted to the 15 inch rear wheels by a manual 5 speed gearbox. Can go from zero to 60 mph in six-second range.
In terms of high-performance and high-profile cars, Lamborghini Miura is simply one of the best.
As the second generation of Corvettes, Stingray took the popularity of the brand to an amazing new height. While the original Corvette was a fine car at its own level, the Stingray blew it out of the water on all fronts.
Smaller, more maneuverable, and faster than the previous models, Stingray was the first American car in the DeSoto back in 1942 to have hidden headlights that pop up when the engine is turned on.
Ferrari 250 GTO
The V12, 300 bhp Ferrari 250 GTO is the blueprint for all subsequent models of Ferrari and was a source of inspiration for competing car brands to step-up their games. Only 36 of these cars (dubbed the ‘Picasso of the Motoring World’) were made between 1962 and 1963. This specific car not only won the 1964 Tour de France, but placed 4th in Le Mans— the iconic motor race. It’s road-legal, it has a top speed of 174 miles per hour, and it can go from 0-60 in 6.1 seconds: still, all these years later, a faster acceleration than most rollercoasters. Considered as one of the best racing cars in the world, and the most expensive, selling for a staggering $48.4 million at auction in 2014, in 2018, this vehicle—also known as the Holy Grail of Ferraris — changed hands for a rumoured record-breaking $70 million. Buying it has given its owner entrance to a secret by- invitation-only club of 250 GTO owners who meet for luxurious events in chic spots across the globe.
Ford Model T
A true classic car of all time, the Ford Model T was Henry Ford’s practical and affordable horseless carriage for the common man that was conceived in 1908 at an original cost of $850 to the buying public. With a design that most would consider incredibly archaic, Ford Model T laid down a path that would lead to the United States becoming a major player in the global automotive market.
By 1925, Ford Model T had decreased to less than $300, ensuring that 40% of all cars sold in the United States were Ford Model T’s. Nicknamed “Henry’s car for the masses”, the Ford Model T was a success with over 15 million produced between 1913 and 1927.