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25 Most Beautiful Cars

 
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oberonloa oberonloa
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Posted: 08/04/06
01:07 PM

As list articles go, this one didn't really stink; Cumberford got it pretty much right. Although a few picks, the Cadillac Model 60, Buick Riviera and Cisitalia 202, are more notable than beautiful.

In their place, I would put three glaring oversights from Japan: the Toyota 2000 GT (Albrecht Goertz?), Isuzu Piazza (Giorgetto Giugiaro) and Subaru SVX (Giorgetto Giugiaro).  

oberonloa oberonloa
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Posted: 08/04/06
01:15 PM

I just did a little research (ain't the internet great?!?!?!). And Albrecht Goertz did design the 2000 GT.  

MarkJump MarkJump
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Posted: 08/05/06
05:35 AM

What about the Audi A4 (1996-2001)?  Great proportions and detailing, elegant interior.

It's especially difficult to make a beautiful 4-door.  As I watch these Audis A4s through the years, it appears to me that their style will indeed endure as among the most attractive ever made, right up there with the cited XJ6 (1968-1979).  

oberonloa oberonloa
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Posted: 08/05/06
08:58 AM

To each their own, I guess. Personally, I find the A4 to be an attractive car, but hardly worthy of inclusion in this pantheon. Further, it was hardly groundbreaking, as it was an evolution of the Audi 100 C3 (1983 -1992) - the progenitor of all Audi's sedans to date, and the entire "jellybean" school of design.

BTW, I believe it was also done by Giugaro.  

CSX5217 CSX5217
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Posted: 08/06/06
07:15 AM

The Shelby Series 1 is clearly the most forgotten car is recent histoty. It was a true clean sheet car that came from the mind of a living legend.It is a modern/muscle design in all carbon fiber, that looks amazing from every angle,plus it was the fastest production car of it's time 1999-2000.It needs to be on at one list in Automobile.  

theoldcarman theoldcarman
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Posted: 08/06/06
06:00 PM

My 25 favorites:  Alfa Romeo 8C 2900, M-B 500/540K Special Roadster, 1938 Cadillac Series 60 Conv. Coupe, Hispano-Suiza J12 Roadster by Saoutchik, 1932 Lincoln, 1938-39 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe, 1931-33 Chrysler Imperials, 1935-36 Auburn 851/852 Speedster, 1933-39 Packard Twelve convertibles, 1938 Buick Convertibles.  From the 1940s, the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Jetback.  From the 1950s, the Bentley Continental Type R, Jaguar XK-120, 1953-54 Studebaker Starliner Coupe, Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster in place of the gullwing, 1956-57 Lincoln Continental, and the 1957-58 Chrysler 300 letter cars.  From later years, Jaguar XKE and the XJ6, 1966-67 Buick Riviera and all 1963-67 Corvettes but I like the roadsters best.  From newer cars I like the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe and the 2003 Aston Martin AR1 Roadster.  The absolute most desirable, sexiest car of all is the 288/308 Ferrari GTB Coupe.  I wish I could add about 100 more but you said my favorite 25.  

xyr xyr
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Posted: 08/07/06
12:35 AM

What about Porsche? No 911? This is a glaring omission.
AS far as the 'Modern Masterworks';  DB9 is beautiful, but I believe the F430's design is primarily attributed to the real masterwork, the 360 Modena. The 360 was such a successful and masterful departure from the 355, it desrves the "masterwork" title.  

Sun Devil Sun Devil
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Posted: 08/07/06
05:33 AM

Not a bad list of 25 by Automobile Magazine.  However, as with all such lists, there were a couple of cars that were surprisingly omitted:

- Duesenberg Model J/SJ (the pinnacle of automotive design and beauty - for any era)
- 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso (by far, the most elegant Ferrari)

Kudos for including the Lamborghini Miura, 63-67 Corvette Sting Ray, 66-67 Olds Toronado, and 36-37 Cord 810/812.  Unfortunately, I had to scratch my head with the inclusion of the 90-96 Nissan 300ZX and 71-75 BMW 3.0 CS (et al).  It actually takes an effort to keep your eyes pinned to those two vehicles!  Line them next to the Lusso or Model J Duesy and you'd forget there were even two cars in view!!!

Sun Devil  

oberonloa oberonloa
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Posted: 08/07/06
06:20 AM

Like most Bugattis (and I believe the list should have included all the Model 57s, as well as the Atlantic), the real beauty of the Model J Duesenbergs (and, among them, the most beautiful, IMHO, are the twin Murphy-bodied SSJ roadsters of Clark Gable and Gary Cooper) is in the overall execution. I think Cumberford, and the rest of the Automobile staff, were concerned strictly with body, and, to a lesser extent, interior design.

As well, we have to be careful when speaking of carrozzeria-bodied cars. On many chassis, some bodies are quite fine, while others leave you saying, "what was he thinking?" A prime example of this would be the Pegasos.  

SLYdude070707 SLYdude070707
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Posted: 08/07/06
09:15 AM

Where is the Jaguar XK8?????
To be more specific, I mean the pre-2007 Jaguar XK8.

It's a work of art on wheels.

Also, any C3 or C4 Corvette could be on your list.  

oberonloa oberonloa
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Posted: 08/07/06
06:01 PM

The original '68 C3 might be considered quite beautiful;. Unfortunately, through the course of the model run, it became a parody of itself.

As for the '84 C4 Corvette, it presents the same dilemma as previously presented between the '96-'01 Audi A4, and the 100 C3: do you present the prize to the progenitor of the line, or its most lovely progeny (which, in the case of the Corvette, I think most would agree, is the current C6)?

In the case of the Corvette, I believe the evolution has been significant enough to give the prize to the C6.

Going back to the '68 C3 (in and of itself), we might also ask, "what became of the 206 Dino?" Its exclusion from this list seems inexcusable... I mean, the Dino has been broadly hailed as "the most beautiful car in the world", in several other surveys.

I go back to my earlier comment "to each their own."  

carnut0913 carnut0913
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Posted: 08/08/06
12:53 AM

I have to agree completely.  Amazing modern interpretation of the Cobra.  much better than the Ford Shelby Concept  

carnut0913 carnut0913
New User | Posts: 14 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 08/08/06
01:05 AM

The list is pretty good with the bugatti, Talbot Lago, and the two Mercedes (Gullwing and 540).  I even understand some that helped drive design direction.  I tend to the curves-style more than the angular designs and I think some are not as desgn delicious as they are notable so I would have to include the Dusenberg SJ (defined the era), the Cobra ( a purer car was never born and beautiful to boot), and the 93-95 Mazda RX-7 (another car reduced to purity of design).

The mazda is easily a better choice than the Nissan 300 for a Japanese presence.

I would take the Cobra over the Daytona of the Ghibli (they are too close to both be included)

I'll take the Dusenberg over the BMW CSL or one of the Lincolns.  Others on hte list I might argue over but I agree they have a place.  

TopDown TopDown
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Posted: 08/08/06
02:17 AM

My Jag of choice is the XKSS, a real alpha dog that got feminized into the E-Type.  Check photos of Steve McQueen standing next to his XKSS and you know he's a very happy guy. Aston's DBR1 and a mid-late 50's Ferrari TR complete my top three.  

SLYdude070707 SLYdude070707
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 08/08/06
02:32 AM

If they are going for breakthrough car designs as well as beauty..then they left out the Toyota 2000GT.
And is the '65 Mustang in there?
I forget, and I don't have the issue nearby.
Maybe they need a top 50 or 100 list.  

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