Photo (cc) by Rennett Stowe
The most beautiful car of all time is a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL.
Or so says Total Car Score, which admits its new list of the Top 10 Best Looking Cars of All Time is “highly subjective.” But its team says its picks, listed by age rather than beauty, “all boast signature contours that continue to influence the design of today’s cars.”
Of course, Total Car Score didn’t provide sticker prices. So we did – and photos too (click the model name)…
Claim to fame: A two-seat sports car known for its gull-wing doors.
Claim to fame: You’d probably recognize this car as the one trashed in the Matthew Broderick film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – although that was a fiberglass fake, because even in 1986, the makers couldn’t even afford to rent one, much less buy it and smash it.
Recent price: $10,976,000.
Claim to fame: Also called a Sting Ray, this year’s model was the first time a Corvette coupe was ever seen – the first generation was only convertibles – and it was the only year to feature a weirdly split rear window. (Car and Driver speculated that feature might return, but Automobile says that isn’t happening, at least not in the 2014 model.)
Recent price: $40,000 to $60,000.
Claim to fame: Another car with an iconic place in film: Sean Connery drove one as James Bond in Goldfinger, and it’s been in other Bond films since. (It’ll reportedly be in the upcoming Bond flick, Skyfall.)
Claim to fame: Enzo Ferrari – guess which brand he started? – called it “the most beautiful car ever made.”
Recent price: $87,000.
Claim to fame: This is the only American car to be overall winner in 24 Hours of Le Mans, the oldest car-endurance rally in the world – which it won four times in a row from 1966 to 1969.
Recent price: $1 to 2 million.
Claim to fame: Only 330 were ever made, but it’s considered by many Ferrari fans “the best looking and performing variant of the late-1960s V-12 berlinetta.”
Recent price: $1.65 million.
Claim to fame: This was the real star of the 1971 police chase film Vanishing Point – which coincidentally has a scene where this car races a Jaguar E-Type.
Recent price: $104,000.
Claim to fame: The last model of the Miura and the fastest Lamborghini till that point, it does 0-to-60 in 5.5 seconds, with a top speed of 170 mph.
Recent price: $900,000.
Claim to fame: Porsche 911s have had a long production run – continuous since 1963 – but this is the most popular classic model among collectors, and it was only produced for two years, in 1973 and 1974.
Recent price: $225,000.
Buying a classic
Dreaming of these beauts or something similar? They’re not a purchase to make lightly even if you have the cash, as Money Talks News founder (and classic-car owner) Stacy Johnson explains in 5 Classic Cars for Less Than $15,000. You’ll find lots more detail (plus a cool video) there, but here are a few things to consider…
- Maintenance. Finding parts and qualified mechanics can be a nightmare, and incredibly expensive.
- Value. Unlike most cars, classics have a chance to go up in value, but don’t count on it. Buy for love, not money.
- Popularity. Look for slightly different models or those outside the most famous years. A Mercedes 280SL is around $15,000, a fraction of the 300SL or even many new cars.
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