Students in Auto Body Technician Training, Here's a Roundup of the Best-looking Cars Ever Made
January 12, 2018
When it comes to innovation, cars have evolved just as much on the outside as they have on the inside. From the very first Benz Patent-Motorwagen all the way to today’s stunning supercars, there has been no shortage of head turners that have graced roads all over the world. In fact, it can be more than a little tricky to pick out just a select few to single out.
Nevertheless, we’ve tried our hand at it. Here are some of what we consider to be the best-looking cars ever made.
Rare Classics That Can Inspire Your Career in Auto Body Repair
The 30s were an amazing decade for car design. Art deco was roaring and designers at Figoni et Falaschi were working with big names like Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, and Delahaye to produce iconic automobile shapes. One of these was the 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS Teardrop Coupe. You may have never heard of the company behind the car, Automobiles Talbot S.A. It was a small French company that went out of business in the 50s, but its futuristic and curvy coupe, only 11 examples of which still exist today, turned heads then and still turns heads now.
The C in the name of the Talbot-Lago design stands for “competition,” and it sure did compete with another timeless beauty with a similar teardrop style, the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. In 2015, this car sold for over $30 million, making it one of the most expensive cars in the world. It is speculated that only two of these beauties remain today, making the odds of ever seeing one during your career pretty slim.
Gullwing Doors and More: Stunning Cars That Still Turn Heads Today
With a career in auto body repair, you’ll perhaps have more luck catching sight of a car with gullwing doors. The magnificent pioneers of this feature were the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe, both of which are renowned for their amazing looks.
When speaking of Benz, it’s worth mentioning the stunning, although gullwingless, 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540k Spezial Roadster—of which few remain today as production was cut short prior to WWII.
Ferraris, More Ferraris, and Enzo Ferrari’s Favorite Car
It’s no secret to students of auto body technician training that Ferraris are among the best-looking cars on the planet. Ranging from the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider to the tiny but loud 1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT and many more gorgeous models like the 1984 Ferrari GTO, it’s hard to pick which Ferrari is the most jaw-dropping.
It might sound a bit sacrilegious, but did you know that Enzo Ferrari’s favorite car wasn’t actually a Ferrari? It was the 1969 Jaguar E-Type, which Enzo called the most beautiful car ever made. The first model of this series was designed in 1961 by an aerodynamicist, and its good looks have also been translated into the F-Type series.
Famous Cars With Famous Owners
When it comes to the favorites of the King of Cool and the King of Rock & Roll, it’s no surprise that their picks are among the best-looking cars ever made. Steve McQueen owned a 1956 Jaguar XKSS and Elvis Presley a 1957 BMW 507 Roadster. In fact, Elvis was such a big fan of his BMW that he owned two! The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, one of America’s premier sports cars, was another car purchased in twos. Two Apollo 12 astronauts opted for this beauty, and we can definitely see why.
Of course, no roundup of gorgeous cars is complete without a mention of one of the coolest cars ever to grace the big screen. The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 was probably James Bond’s most famous car, compete with sultry lines and an unforgettable look. And let’s not forget the ominous Aston Martin Vanquish from Die Another Day, another top head-turner!
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