In light of the epic double title taken out by the Jaguar F-PACE at the recent 2017 World Car Awards, it got me thinking, which cars do I consider as the most beautiful cars in the world?
Whilst there were many contenders in this year’s competition, I needed to set some guidelines for my list. Firstly, I’ve considered all contenders from the year 2000 onwards, excluded all one-off production vehicles or uniquely modified vehicles and I have specified my colour of preference for each of my most beautiful cars.
With this in mind, what did I come up with?
1. Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione in a beautiful red.
This car, to me, oozes sex appeal. I would love to rub my waffle-weave microfiber towel over its luxurious curves. From every angle it seems to draw the eye in, around, and over itself. Like a good Italian sports car should be, the 8C Competizione is big and fast, it can reach 0-100km/h in a breathtaking 4.2 seconds. The convertible version is also impressive but personally, I prefer the coupé. I particularly like the wheels with the five circles in a circle design which seems reflected in the curvaceous figure of the car. The front of the car is instantly recognisable but not over the top, unlike the front of the Enzo Ferrari with its protruding ‘nose’ which this design sometimes reminds me of. This car is classy and the bright red adds to its attention grabbing appearance, a definite head turning car.
2. Aston Martin Vanquish S in a tantalizing blue.
This beautiful piece of art, fit for any 007 enthusiast, was almost pipped at the post on my list by the V8 Vantage; however this is a powerfully beautiful car. Between the two I prefer the more triangular headlights and clearer dynamic lines of the Vanquish S over the softer appearance of the V8 Vantage, it just seems to stand out more. This car looks the part from any angle and has the performance to match. With the coupé reaching the 100km/h mark in less than 3.5 seconds, this adds to the Vanquish S’s muscular appeal. This British brute stands out in any scene and demands to be admired. I feel the deep blue is the best at accentuating the body details as shadows are cast from the design points and add to the aggressive design of the car.
3. Bentley Continental GT in a captivating black (though I also like it in Silver or a deep dark blue)
I must have taste for the British as this grand gentleman makes my top 5 most beautiful cars. The Bentley Continental GT is a refined piece of automotive artistry. Particularly appealing is the thought that at least some of this car is still hand assembled. The front grille makes a bold statement and draws the eye back towards the sloping roof and onto the slightly wider rear end, curving in all the right places. The wood filled interior in the early models also adds a sense of refinement for this gentle giant. Though there have been slight updates through the years, the Continental GT is a bold beauty. Some may say that the four headlight design gives the Bentley Continental GT a busy facade but I think it works well and is integrated well into the design. It’s definitely no worse than the front end of a Bugatti Veyron that in some forms looks like its missing its nosecone. I also think that black gives the car an air of mystery and intrigue, though I’d hate to be the one to have to detail it. The Bentley Continental GT for me is a stand out driving machine.
4. Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 in any colour, though yellow is very nice.
Now this is a dream machine I am quite partial to. When someone mentions ‘beautiful cars’ a Lamborghini is not one you might instantly think of, exotic or unique, yes, but rarely in the category of beautiful. On this occasion I realise that ‘beauty may be in the eye of the beholder’ but the Murciélago for me is a beautiful car. Whilst it represents the classically unique appearance that Lamborghini’s often portray, the Murciélago has achieved this in a smoother and more refined way. Though it is still a long, low and wide ride, it is not as sharp and pointy as I find many other Lamborghini’s to be. Making the car all the more beautiful is the story behind its name. Like all Lamborghini’s the Murciélago is named after a star from the bullfighting ring. In this case a famous fighting bull whose life was spared by a matador for fighting with such passion and spirit even after receiving 24 sword strokes. The mind-blowing performance of the Murciélago LP640 also makes it all the more beautiful. In the yellow the Murciélago stands out from the crowd as very few are able to successfully pull off such a bright bold colour without looking a little show-off like. The bright yellow colour compliments the dramatic lines of the Murciélago and adds to its flamboyant beauty.
5. Maserati Levante in a stunning blue
Now this last car might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but given Australia’s insatiable obsession with the SUV, the Levante must get a look in. Seeing it in the flesh, it is an impressive beast, though I only like it in blue. This colour pops, and when paired with the splashes of chrome it demands the attention like a supermodel on the catwalk at fashion week. This car has the right balance between sporty looks and practicality. As you run your eye along the car from the aggressive grille at the front to the wide and engulfing rear end, it is clear that a lot of thought and effort has gone into creating an SUV with sporty appeal. The Levante is clearly a Maserati too as it retains many of the features, such as the iconic side vents, found in many other beautiful models. Its large and imposing scale adds to its stand out beauty which is why I have included it in my top 5 most beautiful cars.
Honourable mention: Maserati Alfieri
Although not in production yet, by all accounts the Maserati Alfieri will be a remarkably beautiful sports car. It draws inspiration from the Maserati A6 GCS/54 and is based on the chassis of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, which is also quite the looker. Time will tell what modifications will be made to the concept car, if and when it makes it to full production, but it is definitely one to keep an eye on if you like beautiful cars.
So there you have it, that is my top 5 (+ 1 extra) most beautiful cars. I’m sure there could be many arguments made about many other cars which did not make the list about why they are more beautiful but for now these are my eye candy.
Let’s start a Car Conversation, which beautiful cars make it into your top 5?