To some, cars are inanimate hunks of gearing and sheet metal, a means of getting from Point A to Point B and nothing more. But here at The Driving Life, we know better. There are cars out there that evoke wild emotion through their stunning beauty and performance. These cars aren’t simple tools of transportation; they’re art. With that in mind, here are the 7 most beautiful cars of all time.
6) Pagani Huayra
English Philosopher Sir Francis Bacon once remarked, “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” The designers behind the latest offering from Italian supercar manufacturer Pagani must have had this gentleman on their minds when designing the Huayra, because it looks like absolutely nothing else on the road. The first thing you notice when looking at it is that it looks absolutely insane. The chrome and carbon fiber splashed liberally across the interior shockingly lend the car an exotic air, rather than the gauche aesthetic one might expect. In addition, the supreme level of gorgeous detail that extends from the body panels to the shift lever impart a sense of frantic elegance that perfectly encapsulate the essence of this performance monster.
5) Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic
You may know this marque for producing the Veyron, the technical masterpiece aimed at breaking road speed records and redefining the limits of modern engineering. What you should recognize the Bugatti name for though, is this, the Type 57. Stunningly and classically gorgeous in every sense, the long hood and sweeping lines impart an aura of authority and glamor that seems to have gone out of the world. This car is known for its rarified nature, but it should be viewed as a stunning time capsule from a time when lifestyles of almost indescribably sumptuous elegance were lived by the aristocracy.
4) Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
Beauty can come in many packages. While the Huayra and Type 57 wow onlookers with their elegance, the Sesto Elemento finds its beauty in pure savagery. The shocking minimalism and viciously sharp lines lend an aura of remote and evil excitement that is unmatched by any car that has ever been on the road. Its blistering performance is a complete afterthought. The extreme and sparse nature of this car is the source of its stark, almost shocking beauty.
3) Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider
The 8C Competizione was initially presented as a concept vehicle at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that the car went into full production in 2007. The convertible version was released in 2009 and is, quite simply, perhaps the best looking vehicle to ever come out of Italy, the nation renowned for the glorious beauty if its cars. The stunning swooping lines, perfect weight distribution, spectacular engine, and utterly magnificent sound it produces have received universal acclaim. Being able to experience these epicurean delights with the wind in your hair is an added plus.
2) Aston Martin DB5
“Shaken, not stirred.” License to kill. Walther PPK. And a DB5. These are the features that define the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond. Since its initial appearance in 1964’s smash hit Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 has been widely considered not only the world’s coolest car, but one of its most beautiful. Arguably, this is the car that, despite the litany of beautiful vehicles Aston has put out, will always define the marque.
1) Jaguar E Type
You didn’t really expect anything else to top this list did you? The E-Type can best be described with one simple word: stunning. The engine was designed in a blacked out shed during the Blitz, debuted in 1949, and was considered so perfect that it remained in mass production until 1992. The flowing grace and classical British elegance of this car serve as a reminder of what true art can look like. It’s so classically British and graceful that it almost seems like the last relic of the once all-mighty British Empire. Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the supercar company that bears his surname, once famously pronounced the E-Type “the most beautiful car ever made.” If that’s not a ringing endorsement, we aren’t sure what is.