When it comes to beauty, they say this lies in the eye of the beholder, but there are some cars that everyone seems to drool over. Whilst you might not have a passion for Porsches or make a beeline for Bentleys to the point where you would re-mortgage your house to buy one, there’s still plenty to appreciate about the sleek lines of a gorgeous car. Even those who aren’t generally auto fans can find something to appreciate in the models below.
1. Austin Healey 3000
A triumph of British engineering, the Austin Healey 3000 was made by Jensen motors and was a classic rally car in the early 1960s. With a detachable hard top, two tone paint and walnut veneer dash, this was without doubt one of the classiest cars on the scene.
2. Chevrolet Corvette
Whilst there is a whole dynasty of Chevrolet Corvette cars that have captured the hearts and minds of sports car lovers, it is the 1960s second generation Corvette Sting Ray Coupe that is generally regarded as one of the most attractive. Inspired by, among other things, the Mako shark, the car has a steely beauty all of its own.
3. Jaguar Mk2
You may recognise the Jaguar Mk2 as the vehicle of choice of the venerable Inspector Morse, and the 1960s saloon car still has legions of fans. Elegant, stately and designed to embody ‘grace, pace and space,’ the Jaguar Mk2 has it all.
4. Lotus Esprit
The Lotus Esprit is another brand that has spanned several decades of making gorgeous cars but it is the first generation vehicles that really get the most love. A classic 1970s sports car shape, particularly desirable in banana yellow, the vehicle was so beautiful it also made it into a Bond film – The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977.
5. Lamborghini Miura
The Lamborghini Miura was a truly sexy car, and was the fastest production road car on the market when it was launched in 1966. It was originally designed by the company’s engineers in their spare time but received such a rapturous reception at the Geneva Motorshow in 1966 that it ended up becoming the flagship Lamborghini car.
6. Aston Martin DB9
The Aston Martin DB9 is a relatively new and beautiful car, as it was launched in 2004 after being built at the company’s Gaydon plant. The sleek and attractive vehicle has something of a hip reputation, is fabulously well equipped and even made it onto the Top Gear ‘Cool Wall.’
7. Jaguar E-type
This gorgeous little sports car is viewed as one of the most beautiful roadsters of all time and even Jaguar competitor Enzo Ferrari conceded that it might well be the ‘most beautiful car ever made.’ For a slice of cool British engineering and voluptuous bodywork, the E-type is where it is at.
8. 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports
What with their eye watering price tags, most Bentleys are out of the reach of many normal human beings. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t look and lust after them, and with the 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports there is plenty to look at – this is the kind of timeless, almost seamless design that makes people stare, so don’t get one if you don’t want to be the centre of attention.
9. Porsche 356
The Porsche 356 had an 18 year production run and was the first car that really put the company on the map. This was a high performance car, with a feather light weight, topped off with some seriously sexy curves.
10. Ferrari Dino 206/246 GT
When a car is so pretty that it doesn’t even have to be marketed as a Ferrari to shift units you know it is one of the most desirable on the lot. Named after Eno Ferrari’s son, the Dino became one of the company’s best sellers and is still regarded as a beauty to this day.
Whilst you might never get behind the wheel of one of these gorgeous cars, there’s nothing wrong with appreciating their unique power and style. Just don’t stare at them too long or your other half might get jealous…
John is a guest writer from Mitsubishi used cars in the UK.