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Counting Down The 25 Most Beautiful Cars Ever Made

1 . Jaguar E-Type

Not exactly a curveball here, since the E-Type is the most beautiful car ever made according to Enzo Ferrari and pretty much the rest of humanity. You just don’t quibble with perfection.

Jaguar E-Type
Jaguar E-Type

2.Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”

For every mid-engined race-ready vintage Ferrari that your inner 12-year-old lusts after, what grown-up you really wants is the Daytona—a glamorous grand tourer designed to get you to the Mediterranean as quickly and elegantly as possible. May Monte Carlo and pop-up headlamps never die.

2.Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona"
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”

3.Tesla Model S P100D

All those futuristic bubble-shaped concept cars from the world’s biggest car manufacturers got our hopes up through the ’80s and ’90s, and yet it’s a man with PayPal money and a belief in battery power who changed the automotive landscape. And not only does it look classically elegant, the top-end P100D model will out-accelerate a Porsche 911 Turbo. The future isn’t so bad after all.

Tesla Model S P100D
Tesla Model S P100D

4.Mercedes Benz G-Wagen

One giant steel hunk of German engineering, gracefully blurring the line between utilitarian people-mover, rugged off-roader, and—depending on the options—head-shakingly ludicrous status symbol. It hasn’t really changed in decades, and the G-Wagen’s better for it.

Mercedes Benz G-Wagen
Mercedes Benz G-Wagen

5. Mercedes Benz G-Wagen

One giant steel hunk of German engineering, gracefully blurring the line between utilitarian people-mover, rugged off-roader, and—depending on the options—head-shakingly ludicrous status symbol. It hasn’t really changed in decades, and the G-Wagen’s better for it.

Mercedes Benz G-Wagen
Mercedes Benz G-Wagen

6. Datsun 240Z

The thinking man’s supercar: fast, light, nimble, and so impeccably engineered, they barely changed it from 1990 to 2005. Sexy enough to turn heads, but not enough to draw the paparazzi every time you go out for milk. And it’s been reborn as an origami-angular hybrid supercar.

Acura NSX
Acura NSX

The original Z-car arrived Stateside in 1970 and did nothing less than establish the legitimacy of lightweight, hyper-kinetic Japanese sports cars just as American muscle began drawing its last breaths. (Also awesome: it was called the Datsun Fairlady in Japan.) Drive a 240Z, and more than the Fast and the Furious crowd will give you props.

7. Mercedes Benz 230SL

Datsun 240Z
Mercedes Benz 230SL

We love a good uncomplicated roadster. It’s perfect for the picturesque countryside villas we don’t own. And the Mercedes SL series from 1963-71 is about as uncomplicated as it gets: not fast but handsome, with Germanic reliability and an Amalfi Coast grace. If breaking down on a dirt road isn’t a stylish look to you, this is the antidote.

8. Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger
Dodge Challenger

All that said about the Datsun…if the GQ guy is going to muscle up, he’s making the lesser-known choice: the one that has always sat in the Mustang’s shadow, but is maybe all the more special for it. No need for the insanity of the 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat (or the downright sociopathic 840-horse Challenger Demon). We’ll be set with the 392 Hemi version in Go Mango orange, thanks.

9. BMW E30 M3

BMW E30 M3
BMW E30 M3

Stealthy-fast super-sedans owe a debt of gratitude to the O.G. Ultimate Driving Machine. That the E30 M3 is Frank Ocean’s favorite car should be enough evidence for you to understand why it’s undeniably cool.

10. Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar F-Type

Snorting, sexy, obnoxious, and it leaves tire marks at every red light that it comes across. It has a button explicitly designed to make it even louder. In short, the Jaguar F-Type—in coupe or convertible form—is everything a modern car isn’t supposed to be, which is why we want one so badly.

11. BMW i8

BMW i8
BMW i8

What if a UFO were a car? That seems to be the whole ethos behind BMW’s hybrid-electric sports car, the first to convince us that a future full of batteries might still be a lot of fun.

12. Alfa Romeo Giuletta Spider

Alfa Romeo Giuletta Spider
Alfa Romeo Giuletta Spider

Everybody and their Mrs. Robinson wants an Alfa Spider, just like Dustin Hoffman had. You want this, its achingly beautiful, quintessentially Italian predecessor from the early ’60s. If ever you wanted to unload all your Italiano superlatives—Grandissimo! Sprezzatura!—on a car, now is the time.

13. Fiat 500

Fiat 500
Fiat 500

Italians know urban cool. They also know every other kind of cool. But putzing around Rome in a half-liter micro-hatchback doesn’t sound cool until you have a sprezzy Milano suit and one of these. It’s such a cool car, in fact, that when the modern one originally came out, we designed one ourselves.

14. Porsche 928

Porsche 928
Porsche 928

The thinking man’s vintage Porsche is the 928, made from ’78 to ’95 and just coming into it’s own as a classic. Porsche’s last great GT car (sorry, Panamera) is easier to drive than 911s of that era, and every bit as pretty. Between the circular pop-up headlamps and that perfectly proportioned rear three-quarter view, we always get caught staring. That said, if your Porsche lust begins and ends with the numbers 9-1-1…

15. Porsche 911 by Singer

Porsche 911 by Singer
Porsche 911 by Singer

None of the mid-tier bankers and mid-life-crisis sufferers have the style or savvy to understand this, a completely re-engineered and modernized 964—the last of the air-cooled 911s, considered the purist’s Porsche. It’s a vintage car experience with no breakdowns, more speed, and a bespoke, handcrafted polish. If you’ve ever wanted to stunt over everyone in the golf club set, a Porsche 911 by Singer is how.

16. Toyota 2000GT

Toyota 2000GT
Toyota 2000GT

To the lay-bro it’s a very gorgeous vintage car, but to any car nerd the Toyota 2000GT is the first Japanese supercar and an automotive holy grail. It debuted in 1967, and values are skyrocketing (one sold for nearly $1.2 million) because they’re rare and ridiculously beautiful.

17. Lamborghini Huracán

Lamborghini Huracán
Lamborghini Huracán

Lamborghini’s stunning Miura was the first supercar. It’s Countach was the most posterized (and cocaine-covered). Its Murcielago is Kanye-famous. But it’s the new, “entry-level” Huracán that we’re currently obsessed with. Lamborghini’s designers created something perfect, not a line or bevel out of place, as easy to drive at 25 miles per hour as it is at 125.

18. Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin DB5

Bond drove one, of course. And DiCaprio’s Frank Abagnale, Jr. drove one in Catch Me If You Can, just because Bond drove one. But that’s not a reason to love this surly British stunner. The DB5 is all restrained brawn and I-got-this attitude clothed in an impeccable Savile Row suit. This is the car we all want to be when we wake up in the morning.

19. Ford Bronco

Ford Bronco
Ford Bronco

The SoCal-led obsession with vintage SUVs is only growing, and there’s no shortage of rusty off-roaders—International Harvester Scouts, Toyota Land Cruisers, Jeep Grand Wagoneers—seeing new life (and skyrocketing prices) as collector’s go hunting. But those first Ford Broncos, squared off and seemingly mounted on pogo sticks will always have a place in our hearts and our Instagrams.

20. Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Back when the words “space age” actually meant something (a.k.a., the early ’60s), Cadillac stuck Jetsons fins on a Starship Enterprise-sized land yacht and gave America the luxury of tomorrow, today. We wouldn’t want to go back that America, but we’d gladly drive around in some of it right now.

21. Lotus Esprit

Lotus Esprit
Lotus Esprit

The crowning achievment of late-70s/early-80s automobile angularity. The first the second most iconic Bond car of all time. And if you can make yours like Elon Musk’s, then quadruple kudos to you.

22. McLaren P1

McLaren P1
McLaren P1

With respect to all the other greats in this new golden age of outrageous hyper-expensive, hyper-rare hypercars—the svelte Porsche 918, the more-is-more Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, the wailing LaFerrari—McLaren’s hybrid-engined P1 is the cream of the carbon-fibered crop, the one that’ll go in the Wayne Manor permanent collection. You’ll have to pick one up used, since McLaren only made it for three years.

23. Chevrolet Corvette C3 Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette C3 Stingray
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Stingray

On one hand, it was cheaply made, kinda slow, and carried a surfeit of’70s disco vibes. On the other, the Apollo 12 astronauts bought a custom matching set, to go with their flight suits and aviators. Forty-plus years of disrespect later, the third-generation ‘Vette is our dark horse pick for “Most About-to-Be-Cool-Again Car”. Must be those outta-this-world curves.

24. Saab 900 Turbo

Saab 900 Turbo
Saab 900 Turbo

Things that will always be cool: looking like the preppy villain from an ‘80s movie; Jay Z’s video for “Song Cry”; all-black cars patterned after fighter jets.

25. Ford GT

Ford GT
Ford GT

The original Ford GT40 is the most legendary American race car of all time, famous for whipping Ferrari at Le Mans four times in a row, while the newest Ford GT is the high-tech, computer-controlled three-quel. But our favorite is the mid-2000s comeback, equal parts modern supercar and retro beast, with its thundering, supercharged roar and a design that looked like a cheetah chasing down a tasty antelope.

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