Many have argued that the 90s was the golden era of car design. To a certain extent, I think they're right. It straddled the retro glory of the previous decades with an undeniable sense of modernity. As we know, if there's one thing the Italians can do ruddy well, it's design pretty cars. 90s Italian cars, then, ought to be as good as it gets. Here's the cream of the crop.
5. Maserati 3200 GT
The Maserati 3200 GT harks back to the 3500 GT design from the 60s but also has its feet firmly planted in the 90s. It had a short production run from 1998 to 2002 and it is one of many brainchildren of Italdesign, the company who more recently gave us the insane Nissan GT-R50.
4. Ferrari F50
The Ferrari F50 stirred up a great deal of controversy when it slipped into the totally official Top 10 Best Cars Ever list recently. Its looks are bold but, I think, they come off very well indeed. Those deep triangular air intakes in the bonnet might be the most satisfying thing I've ever seen.
3. Alfa Romeo GTV
Scratch that - the most satisfying thing I've ever seen is the gorgeous curvature on the body of this beauty, the Alfa Romeo GTV. It is elegant in an understated way; it manages to be stunning without being snobby. What more could you want?
2. Lamborghini Diablo
This bad boy hardly needs an introduction. Styled by none other than demigod Marcello Gandini, the Lamborghini Diablo sent grannies everywhere into an existential crisis when they saw it on the grandkids' bedroom walls. Its looks are violent but in a really, really fun way.
1. Ferrari F355
What can you say about the Ferrari F355 that it doesn't say much more eloquently all by itself? Sandwiched between the 348 and the 360 in Ferrari's historical line-up, the F355 is a masterclass in truly sensational Italian automotive design. This is as good as it gets.