10 of the most Legendary Cars of All Time
Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
The Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic has one of the most revolutionary designs of any car. With this, comes a huge price tag. Nowadays, a single Type 57 can sell for as much as £30,000,000. This is outrageous. Jean Bugatti who was the son of founder of the company, Ettore Bugatti was responsible for this beautifully flowing and innovative design. Many people have claimed that this Bugatti was in fact the world's first supercar. The Type 57 had a top speed of 123 mph which for 1936 was extremely impressive. During its 6 years of production, Bugatti produced 710 examples from the whole Type 57 range. I find this astonishing considering the lack of technology.
When the Porsche 959 was released in 1986 it was deemed the world's fastest production car. The 959 could achieve an impressive 197 mph but this was later beaten by the RUF CTR a year later. The 959 was originally designed to be a rally car that competed in the Group B rally stages and later won the Paris-Dakar rally. You can see its heritage inside the cabin as there is a unique gear called 'G' which when selected is suppose to help you cope better in the mud. As well as this, the 959 was the first car to have built in tyre pressure monitors and active suspension which was suppose to absorb bumps in the road better not to mention the axle lift system.
Lincoln Town Car (1987)
The Lincoln Town Car was the first car to ever be fitted with an OEM factory fitted CD player. Before this, people had to deal with Cassette players and even Record players in some cars but now they had the freedom to listen to their brand new CD's in the comfort of their big American Sedan. Being a big American Sedan it is only right that it's fitted with a monstrous 4.9L V8 engine which produced around 140 bhp.
Here is the infamous 1960s Le Mans winning car. Henry Ford really wanted a car at the legendary Le Mans race. Ford really pushed the boat out with this one. They had their issues at the start but eventually went on to win Le Mans twice and this was the first car to ever win the race more than once. If you look now, the Ford GT has gone down in history as being a very desirable car as has the current GT.
Aston Martin DB5
The DB5 is probably the most recognisable car on Earth. Of course we all know it from James Bond. It is by far the most desirable GT car ever made. With 280 bhp it isn't too sluggish and this obviously helps when you're being chased in a film. But I am afraid they didn't come as standard with all the gadgets you see in the films!
As I'm sure you all know, Quattro is Audi's four wheel drive system which they still use in their cars today. Back in the 80s, Audi produced the Quattro to originally be a rally car and it proved very successful. That car was the first time any car manufacturer had mixed four wheel drive with a turbocharger and what a success it was. It had a 2.1L inline 5 cylinder engine which produced 197 bhp. This created a 0-60 time of 7 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph.
The 2002 was BMW's attempt at an entry level BMW, and what a success that turned out to be. This is the car that launched BMW into the international market. Not only was it small and nimble but it was also quick. In fact, the 2002 won the Nurburgring 24 hour race in 1970, this is impressive for a car that started out life as a 'cheap' entry level car. Nowadays, the 2002 is a BMW enthusiasts dream.
I couldn't make a list without including the legend that is the McLaren F1. This car was made out of a plethora of materials, this includes Carbon Fibre, titanium, gold, magnesium and even kevlar. Yet it's still lighter than most supercars today, weighing in at only 1,138kg. It also broke the record for the world's fastest production car in 1998 with 240 mph.
The Citroen DS is a very important car in the Automotive world. When this car was released, it was considered revolutionary. Despite it being very underpowered, the DS was a very cool car in the way of it's new and exciting design. In 1999 the Citroen DS was named the most beautiful car of all time by Classic and Sports car magazine. I for one couldn't agree more.
Porsche 356 Speedster
The 356 was considered the first production car from Porsche. It was designed by no other than Ferdinand Porsche himself. While some may say it looks like a Beetle, it is by no means a Beetle. This wasn't created for speed but for summer cruising and driver fulfillment. But more important than all that, the Porsche 356 Speedster was the very beginnings of the 911 which was and still is a car that has changed motoring for the better. Porsche we thank you!