Enzo Ferrari, the founder of a company famous the world over for beautiful car designs, was so overcome with the E-Type upon seeing it that he called it “the most beautiful car ever made.”
Beauty is subjective but in 2008, the Daily Telegraph agreed with Ferrari, ranking the E-Type number 1 on its list of “100 most beautiful cars” the Jaguar received four times as many votes as the nearest competitor. This could be the closest we have to an objective “most beautiful”.
The most expensive car ever was a Ferrari 250 GTO (a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer was sold for a cool $52million in 2013) contemporary with the E Type, it must surely rank as a contender.
To my mind two further contenders would be the Maserati Indy and Opel Bitter CD. If I were to draw the “most beautiful car” it would look something like them.
Low streamlined cars, long smooth gently sloping bonnets with pop up headlamps concealed beneath flaps in bonnet front, sharply raked, curved windscreens, extremely thin roof line and sweeping fastbacks with very large rear windows.
If you wish to vote…or add another contender:
“What are the best-looking cars ever made? Well there’s the Aston Martin DB7, for sure and that’s about as Italian as a Barnsley chop. Then you have the original Ford GT40, and the E-type Jag — notice a trend yet? Yes, they are all British…” Jeremy Clarkson.
Beauty they say is in the eye of the beholder. Second in the Telegraph poll was a Citroën DS favoured by getaway drivers in all black-and-white French gangster movies. The sole family saloon listed amongst the breathtaking sports cars.
Personally I prefer the slightly quirky looks of the Alfa Romeo Montreal to the more “Beautiful” E Type or Maserati. Beautiful cars to me suggests Italian Sports cars of the sixties and seventies. Some may prefer beauties of earlier times Bugattis or Hispano-Suizas of the thirties for example.
I haven’t included any American cars, I love American cars but they seem too muscly for the beauty aesthetic, although the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is certainly a head turner. Japanese Cars are also a little too quirky to make the cut…although others might argue the beauty of the Toyota 2000GT, Datsun 240Z or Mazda RX7. As for Soviet and East European cars, their taste is rather an acquired one.