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Old 11-13-2012, 06:11 PM   #101 (permalink)
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I agree the 458 is absolutely stunning. I think it is one of the best looking cars in modern history. An honorable mention to the 94 3.6 911 turbo.
Bad Boys did it for me with that 911 Turbo, until the 993 Turbo S came out. I think those are still way better looking than anything that came after it, including the 996TT and variants.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:20 AM   #102 (permalink)
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I've always felt that the F-cars are the most visually appealing vehicles ever made. I also totally agree with s2mikey... the F40/F50 are too extreme to be beautiful. I like the simple beauty of well-sculpted curves that flow together. Not a bunch of vents and things tacked on to make the car go faster.

Going by looks alone here are some of my favorites (from old to new):







I personally think the 458 Italia is the best looking modern car hands down.
Yes! Ticky-tack body panels and various other "kit-car" looking bolt-ons just dont work. The F50 is the ugliest car ever, after the Pontiac Aztek. The F40 doesnt work. Love to have one for track days but thats it.

The F355 is the best looking car ferrari has made, other than the early, small-bumper 308 from '76 through '79. The 458 is very nice but the rear quarters dont work and the odd-shaped rear window seems odd too. Im down with the front end and rear view for sure though.

So, my tally is:

1A, 1B = Lotus Esprit / Ferrari 308
2 = F355
3 = Gallardo
4 = Lambo LP 400(the one with NO wings or additions)
5 = BMW M6(best looking two-dor sedan ever)
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:14 PM   #104 (permalink)
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Classic Porsche? No questions, 550 Spyder.

550 is a beautiful car, my favorite Porsche is the 904. Makes you wonder what they'd have been as a company if they'd have dropped the insistence on the rear engine platform.

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Last 20? Probably the BMW Z8. Ever? The Jaguar XKE. Even il Commendatore himself (Enzo Ferrari) said the same.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:13 PM   #106 (permalink)
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At first I thought it was boring or plain looking, but I have to say it has grown on me and I'm in love with the McLaren MP4-12C. Plain, simple and beautiful, not to mention brutal.

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This is it for me, my absolute favorite car ever. I still remember when I saw it at a very crowded Detroit auto show, burned images directly into my brain.....the Chrysler ME-412, stands for mid engine, 4 turbos, 12 cylinders. It was developed in just 1 year by Chrysler during the Mercedes era. It was supposed to be a 100 unit/year deal and price was to be around 100k. Merc was developing their hyper car, the McLaren/Merc SLR at the time which just recently came out and for 3-4 times the price. Well, they killed off the little Chrylser product that was going to monster their car in every way but not before stealing back its engine and the brand new double clutch gear box that Chrysler had come up with (yes, Chrylser came up with that first back in '04). Rumor has it that 3 cars were every finished, 2 of which ran, 1 that was just a static display model. 1 is supposed to be in the hands of Chrysler still, the other is said to be owned my the rapper Ludacris.












And then of course, and I cannot believe that no one has posted this one yet, the Ferrari 288 GTO. In my mind the F355 is not even close



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I want to say the Noble. My NEXT car...
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I like the Noble, but it doesn't compare to the cars mentioned in this thread.

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Best in last 20 years
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Keeping to strictly "beautiful" cars, i'd say either:

Pagani Zonda F Roadster
Alfa Romeo 8C
or Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The Aventador, Zonda R, Aston Vanquish and DBS, etc aren't exactly what i'd call "pretty". They're amazing, crazy, awesome, but not pretty or beautiful designs. Beautiful cars imo should have simple styling not too over the top, nice curves and good lines. Adding too many vents, louvers, etc takes away from how beautiful a car looks. It may still look good, but good in a different way. I consider the Elise a beautiful design, but the Exige is too angry and aggressive to be beautiful, even though I prefer its looks over the Elise.
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Keeping to strictly "beautiful" cars, i'd say either:

Pagani Zonda F Roadster
Alfa Romeo 8C
or Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The Aventador, Zonda R, Aston Vanquish and DBS, etc aren't exactly what i'd call "pretty". They're amazing, crazy, awesome, but not pretty or beautiful designs. Beautiful cars imo should have simple styling not too over the top, nice curves and good lines. Adding too many vents, louvers, etc takes away from how beautiful a car looks. It may still look good, but good in a different way. I consider the Elise a beautiful design, but the Exige is too angry and aggressive to be beautiful, even though I prefer its looks over the Elise.
+1 Good description.

I appreciate the designs of the:
*Aston Martin V8 Vantage
*Aston Martin Rapide
*E46 BMW //M3
*E39 BMW //M5
*Mk1 Audi TT
*FD Mazda Rx-7

...and I'm sure many more. The McLaren P1 looks amazing in pictures. Sexy and aggressive at the same time.

I was a fan of the Alfa Romeo 8C until I saw it in person. There's something odd about its proportions I can't quite pinpoint, but it rubs me the wrong way.
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