100 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time
The Cars That Turn Heads, Grab Hearts and Inspire Songs
By John Pearley Huffman,
Great-looking cars aren't just long and low and wide. They're eye-candy adventures in themselves and they cast shadows that are better-looking than most of the stuff humanity has churned out over the eons. Up close they fascinate in details like door hinges crafted with elegance and fuel caps that would look at home on ocean liners. From afar they inspire memories of legendary races, glorious moments in the past, great crimes and the pinnacles of human achievement. They are machines that promise freedom, glory, speed and sexual conquest. They are why cars are art, even if the art world is too self-referential to know it.
Here are the 100 cars that, no matter how old or new they are, still manage to take our collective breath away and beat up our car-loving souls. They're not necessarily great cars, but they all manage to attract attention, even when they're parked in a barn for a few decades.
1. 1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400
: Marcello Gandini's masterpiece. Successor to the Miura. Outrageous in every way. The most visually provocative car of all time. The first bedroom wall poster car ever, it has defined automotive lust for three generations.
5. 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV
: The first midengine supercar. Gave Enzo Ferrari the vapors. Details like lay-flat headlights, intake strakes built into the doors and a roof that finishes in black slats instead of a window are still extreme.
84. 2003 Lamborghini Gallardo
: The Gallardo made Lamborghini cool again. It perfectly mixes the brand's traditional sledgehammer visual impact with modern minimalist sensibilities. Will look good for decades.