They say human beauty is related to the symmetry of a face: the more symmetrical it is, the more beautiful it is considered to be. But when it comes to cars it’s nowhere near as simple. If you ask ten people which characteristics they think make a car truly beautiful, you’re likely to get a variety of different answers.
Is it flowing lines? Is it an elongated bonnet? Is it a certain shape of grille? Truth is, it’s a myriad of things and it’s impossible to give a definition of what it takes for a car to be deemed beautiful, but one thing is for sure: some cars are works of art, the embodiment of beauty in metal.
We’ve been arguing for hours in the YesAuto office over which are the 10 most beautiful cars ever made. After much back and forth this is the list we’ve narrowed it down to, but it wasn’t at all easy. What do you think, have we missed any out? Let us know in the comments below.
The star of the 1954 Turin Motor Show, the A6GCS Berlinetta was a Maserati 2000 Sport with a new body fitted by legendary coachbuilders Pininfarina, which has been responsible for hundreds of beautiful cars.
The 356 Speedster was built as a do-it-all car, which meant owners would use it to get around on a daily basis, but at the weekend take to the track and go racing. In fact, that’s exactly what Hollywood legend James Dean used to do, before his fatal crash in his Speedster in 1955.
Produced between 1960 and 1963, we think the DB4GT Zagato makes the famous DB5 look ‘normal’. Based on the regular DB4, coachbuilders Zagato made it lighter and faster, retaining Aston’s 3.7-litre straight six engine.
This is the car Enzo Ferrari himself declared ‘the most beautiful car in the world’: praise indeed coming from the man responsible for so many stunning cars. It came in a coupe version, which is also gorgeous, but for us it has to be the top-down cabriolet.
When it arrived in 1954 the 300SL was a ground-breaking car for many reasons, including the fact it was the first production car to use fuel injection, but it was those gullwing doors which dominated the headlines. Born on the Le Mans racetrack, the road going model could go twice the speed of the average car at the time.
There are so many Ferraris which could have made this list, but we wanted to keep it to one car from each manufacturer, so we landed on the 250 GTO. Ferrari’s grand tourer was built between 1962 and 1964 and was famed for its monstrous V12 engine at the time. Simply stunning.
Despite being one of the most beautiful cars of all time, you can actually pick one of these up for around £50,000 these days, which is mainly down to its popularity when it was released in 1962. As you can probably tell, Pininfarina also had a hand in this one. It’s 1.6-litre engine produced a modest 80bhp, but that doesn’t put us off.
Today the BMW 507 is the most expensive BMW you can buy: if you can find one for sale it will probably set you back around £2 million. That’s largely down to the fact only 252 were made, as BMW quickly found the 1954 roadster was too expensive to make so knocked production on the head. A true tragedy.
The Ford GT40’s story has been made famous by blockbuster Le Mans ’66, and it’s one hell of a tale. The car was developed largely as a snub to Enzo Ferrari who had turned down the offer of a partnership with Ford, prompting Ford to make the GT40 and race it at Le Mans. In 1966 the car won the top three places in a controversial staged photo finish, rubbing the Italian’s face well and truly in it.
When it landed in in 1966 the Lamborghini Miura was the fastest production car, capable of 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds thanks to its 3.9-litre V12 mid-mounted engine. Only 763 were ever made in total, with a few special editions thrown into the mix, including the SV model. This is the top of our want list here at YesAuto.