It has become a tradition for automobile manufacturers to critique automobiles made within a 20-year period. During this time, automobile manufacturers convene and decide which of the cars ever made were the most beautiful. It has often proven to be a very difficult decision trying to figure out the most beautiful car as the world is littered with thousands and thousands of them.
Since the last time automakers convened to decide the most beautiful cars in the world, several hundred more have been produced.
With the recent designs, it is easy for any car to make the list of the top 100 most beautiful cars. However, it is considered a rare feat to make the list of the top 20. That car must really have an aesthetic design that’s rare and pleasing to the eyes. We have gathered a list of the top 20 most beautiful cars ever, see them below.
1956 BMW 507
This wonder beast on four tires is one of the machines that the BMW engineers look back on and feel pride soar in their hearts. The 507 is a fusion of Italian elegant looks with the German BMW’s ‘kidney grille’ shape. Although it’s considered a privilege to make this list, this ‘road monster’ walks in with style and elegance.
1957 Ferrari TR250
This is one for the sports car racing. Ferrari, a renowned automobile company looks back on this vintage design which is actually beautiful not because of its evident creative body panel, but because it is the amalgamation of different random panels, defying normalcy and putting out great functionality.
2004 Porsche 911 (997) – NEW ENTRY
Porshe is known for building beautiful designs of cars, especially sports cars. In one of its line of the sports car is the 911 which was updated to the 997 which eventually makes this list because of its upgrade and design. Porsche, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group have recorded this beast as the most successful in their sportscar production line.
2004 Aston Martin DB9 – NEW ENTRY
In the past, DB9s have held their own in their own capacity and gained wide acceptance. Finding its way into this formidable list would not have been possible without the upgrade in 2004. Now this machine boasts of a better capacity when it comes down to build quality and it’s more pleasing to the eyes.
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
Have you ever been overwhelmed by the beauty of the Mclaren 570S? You probably have. The concept of the design of Mclaren 570S didn’t spring from anywhere else but the template set by the 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT. Most supercars of today have similar curviness and looks of the 1969 road beast. This car is considered to be one of the elites in the car industry.
1966 Ford GT40
Not only did this brutally beautiful road beast win the Le Man’s 24 hours for four consecutive times, it also made its way to the top class of beautiful cars. Relatively low (40.2 inches) height but with powerful features and visual integrity, Henry Ford could only have been proud of this coming from his stables.
1955 Citroën DS19
It is a little surprise this elegant design holds its own in this category. Citroen, a French automobile outfit only confirms the fact that anything that is French has an appeal; from the language, culture, manner of dressing, architecture, and automobiles. The DS19 have an unbeatable shape and design that appeal to the eyes whenever it shows up. To think it was crafted some 60+ years ago!
1962 Ferrari GTO
Although Ferraris did make the rounds in terms of popularity, it was almost always due to its engine power and prowess on the road. It was rare to find one that was carefully sculpted to please the eyes. The GTO is one of such cases, with a delicately curved gun-like shape, this is actually a winner.
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic
Made for the rich, the Bugatti Atlantic is an exquisite make that never fails to command respect from others. It was artistically designed to meet up and correct the building errors made by predecessors and today, this 80-year-old road warrior still draws attention all over the world.
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB
Another powerful statement by Ferrari, this car found its way into our list. It is not like the cars you would see often as there are only 3 units of it worldwide built by Ferrari. Reliable for tours and racing, this 275 GTB is nothing short of awesome with its body panel works and V12 engine.
1954 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
It would be amazing if there was no statement by Mercedes on this list. With its wing doors hoisted towards the sky and steering wheel pegged, except you may have driven this car, you can only imagine what it is like. The Gull-wing was aviation-inspired and it gets to about 180 mph! Crazy!
2001 Aston Martin Vanquish
Martin places a high priority on the bodywork of their cars and hence have some of the most beautiful automobiles. The Vanquish is one of such lines and there was a constant demand for this beauty for more than a decade. Despite not being produced anymore (this particular design), it is still one of the most beautiful cars to have hit the planet.
1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
The Zagato was crafted in Milan in 1962 and had curves just like the Ferrari GTO that was first produced in the same year. There are only 20 of this beastly beauty found in the world, as the expected demand for it wasn’t met. However, it is still visually one of the top 20 beautiful cars in the world.
1962 AC Cobra 289
Just as the name implies, the first sight of this beast will be the devilish looking cobra with fangs and hood spread out. the car was originally a British sports car but the company (Cobra) took the design to another new level. Talk about a simple design that is equally potent, talk about Cobra 289.
1935 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900
This car is perfect when going on a getaway with that romantic partner. Its beauty speaks volumes. The design is quite unconventional and as someone rightly said, “the design is like one being reproduced by a toddler when asked to imagine a sports car.” It is only seen with people who have attained power and influence.
1963 Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 stands out for its simplicity in design, carefully planned aerodynamics and beautiful ‘almost-human’ facial look. This design was built through 1963 to 1989, enjoying a 26 year fame and creating more accolades for the German automobile company. It was upgraded to Porshe 964 but still stands as one of the top 20 most beautiful cars in the world.
1984 Ferrari 288 GTO
Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina must have been at his best when he was designing this twin-turbo V8 monster. As is common with most Ferrari automobiles, the 288 GTO commands power with a very rare display of elegance and visual integrity. The vehicle sold for 4 years (1984 to 1987) with about 272 units being produced.
1959 Ferrari 250 GTO SWB
Luxurious, expensive, and beautiful, this machine was rumored to be sold at a mind-boggling price of $10million according to New Atlas. It is an ultra-functional race car with so an almost sensual appeal and belongs to the most successful line of Ferrari sports car production, the 250 series. It was built and sold through a period of 11 years.
1970 Lamborghini Miura
The Lamborghini Miura is the first supercar with a two-seat layout. The mid-engine design was the order of the day for the Italian brand of cars and Ferruccio Lamborghini (the owner of the company) preferred car models that favored grand tours as opposed to their immediate neighbors and automobile rivals, Ferrari, who preferred race cars. The Miura became a favorite amongst most movie stars, racers, and car enthusiasts.
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupé
First on our list is the E-Type Jaguar that was made for Jaguar Cars Limited. Its sales began in 1961 and endured till 1975. This car combines performance with beauty and a highly competitive pricing (costing just over $2000). After it was launched in March 1961, Enzo Ferrari, the Italian race car driver, tagged it ‘the most beautiful car ever produced.’