Tue 29 Nov 2011
5 Breathtaking Classic Cars
Some classic cars are desirable solely by virtue of their age, regardless of how slow or ugly they are. Others though, combine breathtaking styling along with race-bred performance and handling, and it is these beauties that command the highest prices, considering that some of these classic cars can sell for upwards of one million dollars.
- Mercedes 300SL
With its gull-wing doors, the iconic Mercedes 300 SL is one of the best looking German cars of all time. Sometimes form and function come together perfectly, and such is the case with the 300SL.
With its aerodynamic body, it was the fastest production car in the world when it was introduced in 1954. It is easy to be distracted by the gull-wing doors, but the 300SL looks just right from all angles.
- Jaguar XKSS
After their withdrawal from racing in 1955, Jaguar converted their remaining D-Type racing cars into the roadgoing XKSS model by adding a windshield, folding top and a passenger seat.
Powered by the advanced XK6 engine and with thoroughbred handling characteristics proven on some of the world’s great racetracks, the performance of the XKSS is complemented by its curvaceous and highly aerodynamic bodywork. Only 16 XKSS were made, making it a highly sought after collector’s car.
- Duesenberg Model J Speedster
For all its beautiful and swooping deep fenders, the Deusenberg Speedster, often referred to as the SJ, exudes all the raw power and speed of an art-deco locomotive.
Manufactured between 1932 and 1937, only 36 of these supercharged models were made, pushing prices up to over four million dollars and earning this incredible machine a spot in the list of 50 most expensive cars. This is the kind of car that drives insurance quotes through the roof.
- De Tomaso Mangusta
A definite hit at the Turin motor show in 1966, the De Tomaso Mangusta has a body designed by the Carrozzeria Ghia design firm. The sleek and aggressive bodywork exhibits typical Italian flair, but, unlike many of its more temperamental Italian brethren, the Mangusta features a powerful and reliable Ford V8.
In a nod to the awesome Shelby Cobra racers, De Tomaso named the Mangusta after the Italian word for Mongoose, an animal that can eat Cobras. The De Tomaso Mangusta is as eye-catching as it is uncommon with only 170 examples remaining.
- Bugatti Type-57
French manufacturer Bugatti made some of the most successful racers of the 1930s, but its touring car models were just as successful in the looks department. Distinctive fenders, a long hood and a purposeful grill make this grand tourer a thing of beauty, but it’s the special variants that are simply astounding.
The Atalante and Atlantic variants are incredibly rare, but also considered some of the most beautiful designs of their era.