Luxury cars – These European classics set unrealistic beauty standards for sports cars
When it comes to classic sports cars, Europe has always reigned on the perch. Many of Europe’s most famous car brands have built their reputations by releasing beautiful sports cars that drive as well as they look. Cars like the Lancia Stratos and the Maserati Mexico are prime examples. Many are renowned for their luxury and expense, as well as being icons of their time.
This list will explore some of the European classics that really set unrealistic beauty standards for sports cars. The design language of some of these vehicles has continued to produce recent sports car launches and will forever leave its mark on classic sports cars.
ten BMW 3.0 CS
The BMW 3.0 CS was released in 1971. The brand is well known for making stylish and sporty cars. The 3.0 CS certainly reflects this. The car had 180 hp and was boosted to 200 hp in the latest CSi version of the same body design.
The shark-nose grille was a sleek and iconic design of the car. Along with this, the slim chrome bumpers were of particular interest as they enhanced the expensive appearance of the vehicle. The inclusion of the Hofmeister fold in the rear window is a hallmark of all BMWs and looks especially good here.
9 Alfa Romeo Guilia GTA (road version)
Launched in 1965, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA succeeded the Giulietta. The car was homologated for racing, and 500 were made for racing and for the road. The car had aluminum body panels which made it much lighter for racing.
Alfa Romeo has managed to make the Guilia GTA light but still stylish, thanks to the use of magnesium alloy rims and plastic windows. With the ‘A’ in GTA meaning Allegerita (meaning light in Italian), it would have been a surprise for Alfa Romeo not to equip light materials. Very sleek and very Italian, the Giulia GTA really sets an unrealistic standard of beauty.
8 Ferrari 250 Berlinetta SWB
Introduced in 1959, there were only 176 Ferrari 250 Berlinetta SWB produced. The 250 series has always been an attractive car, but it shortened the wheelbase to make it more competitive and lighter, which also improved the overall appearance of the car.
The car was very elegant, with chrome wire wheels and the “lusso” version was extremely luxurious. The “lusso” version was, and still is, much sought after by enthusiasts. With leather seats and an elegant interior, it’s easy to see why.
7 Lotus Elan First Generation
The first generation of the Lotus Elan was a perfect example of the Lotus philosophy of lightness. The car is known for its simplicity. Although it was a small car, the vehicle was large and comfortable enough for two.
The car also featured luxury touches on the interior, like a glove box and card pockets, despite having a low curb weight. The Lotus Elan remains renowned for its small size, but also for its luxury.
6 Aston Martin DB4
Aston Martin launched the DB4 in 1958. Since then, its stylistic credentials have been recognized by many. Some even consider the DB4 to be the best Aston Martin ever. The car was designed by Touring of Milan – an Italian design house. The design of the car is very clean and very Italian.
The cockpit was very large and had plenty of room for those who sat in it, allowing for comfortable driving. The soft suspension also contributed to the comfort of the car for those inside. Both inside and out of the DB4 the styling was definitely sleek and many have definitely taken on its appearance.
5 Lamborghini Miura
There were 766 Miura built from the start of production in 1966. The car reflected the amazing designs of Italian car brands of the time. The Miura was completely elegant and brought Bertone and Lamborghini together.
The exterior of the car was simple but a very efficient design choice, with the luxury of the Lamborghini standing out. The car reflected a soft but eye-catching design before the Countach, which pushed for a more extreme design method used by the brand.
4 Mercedes 300 SL
The Mercedes 300 SL Coupe was launched in 1954. The Mercedes also won the Car of the Century award in 1999, which shows just how much of an impact the car has made. The car made impressive use of the gullwing doors, which were there for both aesthetic and technical purposes.
Inside the car, leather seats were optional, but luxurious. The steering wheel could move and tilt to help drivers get into the car. The 300 SL inspired Mercedes vehicles for years to come, with the design language becoming so iconic.
3 Porsche 911 901
The 901 was the original name of the Porsche 911, but after Peugeot objected to Porsche’s use of a three-digit number with a “0” in the middle, the brand changed the name of the car. in “911”. Some of the 901s produced by Porsche subsequently became private property.
The 901 is truly iconic in its design and has been the basis of all Porsche 911s for the past 60 years. We can really see reflections of this design in the Porsches released these days.
2 Alpine A110 (1961)
The first launch of the Alpine A110 was in 1961, before the modern release of the car in 2017. The unusual styling of the car was interesting. Auxiliary headlights designed for rallying were an unusual choice, but matched the rally’s pedigree.
The car was also absolutely tiny in terms of dimensions, Alpine taking Lotus design influence with the Elan. The iconic design of the car was implemented in the Alpine A110 in 2017, with its looks and appeal lasting.
1 Jaguar E-Type
The Jaguar E-Type was launched in 1961 and was an instant hit. Even Enzo Ferrari named it as the most beautiful car of all time. Many also thought this E-Type was beautiful, especially since it had won numerous accolades for being so.
The car definitely stood out, the curves of the car being particularly aerodynamic. The design of the car was very futuristic and adapted to the changing world of the 1960s. Jaguar paid extreme attention to detail on the E-Type, and we can certainly see that to be true as the styling has become timeless.
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