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The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made?
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:29:10 PM »
This is something that just got started on the other forum I peruse, and has resulted in some interesting insight and discussion.  It's reignited(haha puns) my interest in cars, so now I'm curious to see what everyone here thinks is the most beautiful car ever made.  There're no wrong answers, beauty is within the eye of the beholder after all.  I'll start this with my choice, the Bugatti 57S/C:
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Re: The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2019, 04:49:22 PM »
I love my birds, but fell in love with the widebody style when I saw a white one in several episodes of Miami Vice LOL

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Re: The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made?
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2019, 05:23:40 PM »
Sorry both are ugly...
Just look at the banner with George's cars and you'll see the three most beautiful ever made.




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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 06:52:05 PM »
I love the Countach! If I could only afford one  :sad:
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 06:57:08 PM »
I don't think this one even exists yet outside of a concept car and some renders, but ran across this recently and was blown away.  To me some of the design cues follow the early second gen Firebird, (plus Jaguar and Aston Martin).  You'll have to click through to see the photos.

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2019, 08:12:42 PM »
I always thought the most beautiful car was the 1969/1970 DeTomaso Mangusta. Just a fabulous shape. It doesn't need additional trim or chrome. Just simple elegance. (Anyone here would recognize the taillights!)

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2019, 08:19:55 PM »
Lamborghini Miura.  Which looks a whole lot like a Detomaso Mangusta, to be fair all around.



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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2019, 08:22:23 PM »
For me it’s always been the GT40



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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2019, 08:44:14 PM »
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2019, 09:09:54 PM »
Volkswagen Beetle.
Ahh, but which one?  Were many variations over the years even with the "Classic Beetle" not to mention the Super Beetle and New Beetle.
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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2019, 03:29:07 AM »
1981 Corvette has always been one of my favorite styles, the curves were sexy.....and then all manufacturers wanted to start building wedges for a while.
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2019, 04:07:14 AM »
Very hard to pick only one, but

1. Ferrari 250 GTO, 2. Jaguar E-type 3. Ferrari Daytona

Some others mentioned already are also right at the top too.

The Miura certainly is.

The cool thing is the early 2nd gen Bird styling stole some of it's looks from my top pick.
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2019, 06:32:53 AM »
There was a Pierce Arrow, silver something I believe. That would be my pick.
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2019, 07:45:22 AM »
Hmmmm..............

Older car would be a 1935 Auburn boat tail speedster.

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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2019, 11:55:55 AM »

Fell in love with after seeing the movie "Lemans" in '71. The big screen of the outdoor was awesome, sound from the speaker on the window sucked though. I still have a box somewhere with the HO slot car track with the 917 and Ferrari 512 in it. Every now and then I search for a kit car version to rescue and update.

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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2019, 12:34:12 PM »
Big fan of the Muira, though apparently, the aerodynamics aren't great, lol

If I have to pick one, I think I'd nominate the Bizzarini 5300GT Strada.....rare and damned pretty.



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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2019, 01:11:06 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2019, 01:43:39 PM »
All very nice choices, except for Jack that's a dull boy. :lol:  The E-type is an interesting one for me, I hate the roof line of the coupe but the convertible fixes that.  The one instance I greatly prefer the convertible over the coupe. :P

Also there's no rule in saying you have to pick just one, since there's a good 100+ years of automotive design to pick from all around the world narrowing it down to one would be pretty hard.

For something more modern I'm going to nominate the Jaguar XJ220, I LOVED the look of this car as a kid and it came in the best colour ever though it's probably more iconic in silver but oh well:
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2019, 08:28:15 PM »
Couple of my favorites - original Viper GTS Coupe and Ferrari F40:







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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2019, 09:01:48 PM »
Modern roadsters and supercars... really, guys?  The topic Beautiful, not fast and overpriced space ships.

1969 Chevrolet Impala.  This example is a 4 door, but a coupe is just as sexy.  Before you all ask, yes, it's the Supernatural Impala.

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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2019, 10:16:30 PM »
I had to double check, but I don't see any modern roadsters mentioned so far.

It's just coincidence expensive things are also beautiful?  I was actually trying to think of something mere mortals could afford that's beautiful but I've yet to think of it.
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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2019, 10:37:15 PM »
I had to double check, but I don't see any modern roadsters mentioned so far.

It's just coincidence expensive things are also beautiful?  I was actually trying to think of something mere mortals could afford that's beautiful but I've yet to think of it.

Silly, (with a slap to the head) 70-73 Firebird Formula, Lots of nice ones around for reasonable money.
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« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2019, 04:52:46 AM »
According to Google-pedia (LOL), a Roadster is defined as (direct copy and paste):

A roadster (also spider, spyder) is an open two-seat car with emphasis on sporting appearance or character.[1][2] Initially an American term for a two-seat car with no weather protection, usage has spread internationally and has evolved to include two-seat convertibles.

The roadster was also a style of racing car driven in United States Auto Club (USAC) Championship Racing, including the Indianapolis 500, in the 1950s and 1960s. This type of racing car was superseded by rear-engine cars.

I guess that makes the Bugatti 57 S/C a roadster.

You may argue that the Bugatti isn't an American car.  The definition doesn't say the car has to be American made.  It just says that the term "roadster" is American and can refer to "a" car that fits the description.
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« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2019, 12:04:40 PM »
The point of contention was when you said modern, never about roadster.  That Bugatti is hardly modern, being from the mid 1930's. :lol:  Come on DeCaff, I'm getting a Miata should've known better. :P

Silly, (with a slap to the head) 70-73 Firebird Formula, Lots of nice ones around for reasonable money.
The one thing I hate about second gens aesthetically is how the A-pillar doesn't go to the edge of the door.  I don't know why but it bothers me severely every time I look at one, but that alone rules them out for me even though the rest of the car design I like.
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Re: The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made?
« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2019, 01:06:37 PM »
I had to double check, but I don't see any modern roadsters mentioned so far.

It's just coincidence expensive things are also beautiful?  I was actually trying to think of something mere mortals could afford that's beautiful but I've yet to think of it.

Silly, (with a slap to the head) 70-73 Firebird Formula, Lots of nice ones around for reasonable money.

Esprits, too!

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« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2019, 01:48:22 PM »
Couple of my favorites - original Viper GTS Coupe and Ferrari F40:






The F40 is definitely one of my favorites. Nice... up, down and all around.
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« Reply #26 on: July 13, 2019, 02:41:13 PM »
The F40 is probably my favourite Ferrari, the 365 Daytona is up there though.

I actually prefer the Esprit and base car with a spoiler for '70-73, to me that's the best look as it's not ostentatious like the Formula scoops that makes even the Trans Am shaker look subdued.  If only it weren't for that A-pillar...

Still thinking of an affordable car I find beautiful, this could take awhile. :lol:
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« Reply #27 on: July 13, 2019, 03:17:57 PM »
I always liked the Vector W8 ,( think of that showing up in your rearview mirror)! 6 liter GM power to boot - and cool aircraft - inspired instruments downside not for me, ( for some folks including thread starter is lack of a manual transmission).  :lol:
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« Reply #28 on: July 13, 2019, 03:27:49 PM »
Ok problem w/ Flickr or me - try this link!
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Re: The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made?
« Reply #29 on: July 13, 2019, 03:39:34 PM »
Lamborghini Miura.  Which looks a whole lot like a Detomaso Mangusta, to be fair all around.


For me it’s always been the GT40



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All of these are very pretty and are in my all-time top 10. It should be no surprise that 1970-1973 Firebirds are also on this list  :-D

My absolute #1 favorite though is the C2 gen Corvette, specifically the 1967. And it's gotta have the 427 and "stinger" hood.

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« Reply #30 on: July 13, 2019, 06:30:28 PM »
Well there is the Vector M12 that does have a manual, and comes in the best colour:


Not exactly what I'd call beautiful though.  Which I think that's the other aspect for me as cars(like people) can be sexy, cute, handsome, sharp/cool, or just good looking in general but aren't beautiful.  Maybe that's just me that goes so far as to make such distinguishment, but it's just how I am.  That and of course looks being so subjective, which is part of the fun in this.
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« Reply #31 on: July 13, 2019, 09:26:05 PM »
All very nice choices, except for Jack that's a dull boy. :lol: 

Okay wise guy, take away all of the exotics and lets see what's left.

If you want an exotic the best looking one would be the 300SL Gullwing

As far as a common car the best is the classic 57 Bel Air





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« Reply #32 on: July 13, 2019, 10:53:39 PM »

My absolute #1 favorite though is the C2 gen Corvette, specifically the 1967. And it's gotta have the 427 and "stinger" hood.


I agree,

I love the C2's as well and the last C1 in 62. C2's look good in both coupe and convertible versions. If I didn't have the T/A, I'd be pretty happy with a 65-67 and even the small block cars are fine with me. Unless it was a low mile or numbers correct car, I'd be modernizing it anyway.
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« Reply #33 on: July 14, 2019, 12:15:26 AM »
All very nice choices, except for Jack that's a dull boy. :lol: 

Okay wise gal, take away all of the exotics and lets see what's left.

If you want an exotic the best looking one would be the 300SL Gullwing

As far as a common car the best is the classic 57 Bel Air
See, that wasn't so hard now was it? :P  The 300SL Gullwing is a great choice, probably my favourite Mercedes.

I think the C3 is my favourite Corvette aesthetically, the pre safety bumper and early 80's aero C3 in particular.
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« Reply #34 on: July 14, 2019, 04:33:08 AM »

I think the C3 is my favourite Corvette aesthetically, the pre safety bumper and early 80's aero C3 in particular.

Not my favorite years, but available in a convertible and a stick shift, fairly inexpensive and ... beats a Miata.  :P
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« Reply #35 on: July 14, 2019, 01:02:28 PM »

I think the C3 is my favourite Corvette aesthetically, the pre safety bumper and early 80's aero C3 in particular.

Not my favorite years, but available in a convertible and a stick shift, fairly inexpensive and ... beats a Miata.  :P
In a straight line maybe and exhaust note definitely, but that'd be it. :P  Stylistically, it'd just depend on personal preference.  I really like the looks of the C3, and I actually prefer the last few years that everyone seems to hate.  Then again I really like the looks the the NB2 Miata, it's my favourite styling of any Miata.  It'd just depend on my mood, if I want to look at something more angular and hard edged or something softer and more rounded.  In a perfect world I'd have one of each, as they both have their merits.

From this angle the late C3 is beautiful to me, I just love the front end:


Same goes for the NB2, I just love the front end from this angle:


Beautiful in their own ways(to me at least) though completely different, so I guess this is probably as good as it gets for me personally in terms of beauty to affordability.
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« Reply #36 on: July 14, 2019, 01:25:27 PM »
I knew a girl that had an L82 just like that two tone maroon car. I agree in that I really like the looks of those cars, best all time, no, and sorry but Im gonna say the emperor has no clothes, that Miata shouldn't even be listed! SORRY Casey.
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« Reply #37 on: July 14, 2019, 02:39:35 PM »
  The Vector W12 came along after the company struggled and was bought out. Only 18 (or 19) depending on source W8's were made pretty exclusive ( and American - that's something)  but I think the buyers were foreign and totally changed it - the C4 ish front ( to me )on the W8 is much more menacing!

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I'm no expert on these - but looks as wide as a Miata is long! Lol!

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« Reply #38 on: July 14, 2019, 02:49:08 PM »
The front end of the NB2 is so nice though, the curves...  That's ok you don't have to agree, but I still think it's beautiful and belongs.  It's actually styled after the first gen Viper, was even the same designer: https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a21286902/theres-a-good-reason-why-the-nb-miata-and-dodge-viper-look-similar/


The Miata is just the smaller cuter version.  Also I think I finally thought of how to put my feelings and perception of "beautiful" into words; I feel a sense of calmness when I look at something beautiful rather it's a person, place, or thing.  That's the best way I can describe it, and the cars that have that effect on me are the ones I find beautiful.

I like the Vectors, I remember them from Gran Turismo 1 and or 2 back when I was a kid.  Allegedly they're working on a new car now with Wiegert back in control of the company, but it's been 10 years plus now ongoing:
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Re: The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made?
« Reply #39 on: July 15, 2019, 02:52:28 PM »
Hard to post just one, so I will list a few from various eras ; (I concur on the exotics as they are equally beautiful)

30's---https://binged.it/2JMXY3n

50's---https://binged.it/2lcNK3C

60's--https://binged.it/2JMRtNF

70's--https://binged.it/2JHlUFh

80's--https://binged.it/2jXo8Yk

90's--https://binged.it/2jXk22p

20's---https://binged.it/2jXole4

210+---https://binged.it/2jXoxKk
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