AC: AC Cobra (1962 – Present) One of only a few products but by far the best, especially with that Shelby V8 roaring under the bonnet!
Alfa Romeo: Alfa Romeo GTV (1995 – 2005) Sublime, sophisticated, sporty, (highly unreliable), but incredibly stylish!
Alvis: Alvis Three Litre series IV TF 21 (1966 – 1967)The perfect product from the long-forgotten company. A perfect mix of 3.0L Straight-Six power and some beautiful styling.
Audi: Audi Quattro (1980 – 1991) The rally car that crushed all others and led the company to victory in Group B competitions year after year.
Austin: Austin Mini (1959 – 2000)That 10ft symbol of Englishness that was neither broken by time nor British Leyland.
Aston Martin: Aston Martin DB7 Vantage (1994 – 2004)A design that defined a generation. The DB9, the Vanquish and the DBS of the 2010’s all owe their luscious styling to this pioneer of the 1990’s.
Bentley: Bentley Corniche (1971 – 1977) While most will cite the years that Bentley were under the ownership of Rolls Royce as the company’s darkest, the Bentley Corniche was, to me at least, the pinnacle of their beauty and design prowess. Subtle but sublime.
Bitter: Bitter CD (1973 – 1979)One of only a handful of designs from the small German carmaker, the CD just looks great; a sporty hatchback but with a somewhat high price tag.
BMW: BMW 850i (1989 – 1999) It’s got Pop-up headlights and it’s a BMW, the magic just makes itself!
Bristol: Bristol 410 (1968 – 1969)The last of the classic Bristol designs before angles took over, quite possibly the most beautiful product of this bespoke car manufacturer.
British Leyland: Triumph Stag (1970 – 1977) British Leyland’s best car, and with that Italian styling you can see why.
Bugatti: Bugatti Chiron (2015 – Present) While the Veyron was a motoring icon and a pinnacle of technology, the Chiron, to my mind, has perfected it in the looks department with its fantastic looking headlights and wonderful profile.
Buick: Buick Centurion (1971 – 1973) My favourite Buick, a lovable convertible that would make for the perfect California Cruiser.
Cadillac: Cadillac Eldorado (1992 – 2002) While I loved big Caddies of the 1970’s I adore the Eldorado of 1992, maintaining the luxury and improving the style but at half the size.
Chevrolet: Chevrolet Corvette (C4) (1984 – 1996) While Jeremy Clarkson may enjoy machine gunning these things, I personally adore the Corvette, America’s very own Ferrari!
Chrysler: Chrysler TC by Maserati (1989 – 1991) Certainly an odd change from their bland minivans, the Chrysler TC brought in some excellent help from the legendary Italian car manufacturer Maserati, even if it’s basically just a rebadged Biturbo.
Citroën: Citroën C2 (2003 – 2009) I’ve owned one for 13 years and not once has it put a foot out of line. Stylish and filled with charm, though perhaps a little slow, I’ve adored this car from the moment it slipped onto my driveway!
Daimler: Daimler DS420 (1966 – 1992)Daimler may have made many luxury limousines and stylish sports cars before the DS420, but this truly is the machine that was the pinnacle of their beauty and craftsmanship, and was even able to give Rolls Royce a run for its money.
De Tomaso: De Tomaso Pantera (1971 – 1991) Though riddled with faults, so many in fact that Elvis Presley had no choice but to shoot his, the Pantera was still one of the best supercars to come out of the 1970’s. A mixture of pure style, looks and a V8 Flamethrower under the bonnet!
Dodge: Dodge RAM 2500 (1992 – 2002) The RAM that came to symbolise Dodge. The model of 1992 combined oodles of power with go anywhere grunt and a stylish, terrain conquering body, so much so that it even became the vehicle of choice when the late Bill Paxton went up against Mother Nature’s worst in Twister.
Ferrari: Ferrari 456 (1992 – 1997)
Fiat: Fiat X1/9 (1972 – 1989)
Ford (Europe): Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth (1986 – 1992)
Ford (USA): Ford F-350 Super-Duty (1999 – 2007)It had to be good to fight the new Dodge Ram, and it did just that! A perfect mix of style and substance, built to conquer the mountains, the plains and anywhere else you care to mention.
Ford Mustang: Ford Mustang GT (1999 – 2004)
General Motors: GMC Syclone (1991)
It looks like a pickup truck but it’s far from it! Underneath it boasts a Turbocharged 4.3L V6 engine that could whip this machine from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds, which is quick even by today’s standards!
Hillman: Hillman Avenger (1970 – 1981)
Honda: Honda NSX (1990 – 2005)
Hummer: Hummer H1 (1992 – 2004)
Hyundai: Hyundai Tiburon (1996 – 2009)
Jaguar: Jaguar XK8 (1996 – 2004)
Jeep: Jeep Truck C-10 (1971 – 1988)
Jensen: Jensen Interceptor (1966 – 1976)
Lamborghini: Lamborghini Diablo (1990 – 2001)
Lancia: Lancia Montecarlo (1975 – 1978)
Yes, Lancia completely botched the brakes when it came to this machine, but again, just look at it! All it needs is for the backdrop to be changed to the sun kissed shores of the Côte d’Azur.
Land Rover: Land Rover Discovery (1989 – 1998)
Lincoln: Lincoln Continental MkIII (1968 – 1971)
Lotus: Lotus Elan M100 (1989 – 1995)
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Esprit, but the Elan M100 is just the perfect little roadster. While reliability was something of an issue, even with parts outsourced from Toyota, the car offered a touch more luxury, refinement and personality than the rival MX-5. It really is quite a personable little machine, you could give it a name and everything.
Maserati: Maserati Sebring (1962 – 1969)
Mazda: Mazda RX-7 (1978 – 1985)
McLaren: McLaren F1 (1992 – 1998)
Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (1954 – 1963)
Ah… such beauty!
MG: MG MGB (1962 – 1980)
Before British Leyland tampered with it, the MGB was the car everyone with a less than stellar wage promised themselves. A sturdy design mixed with mountains of beauty!
Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi Starion (1982 – 1989)
If you look past its wide-boy styling, the Starion truly is a Stallion, fast, agile and cool!
Morris: Morris Minor (1948 – 1972)
It became a staple of post-war British motoring, and is now perhaps the most popular classic car in the UK. New parts continue to be made, and there quite literally is no such thing as a written off Morris Minor, you could rebuild a burnt out shell to a fully functioning, road legal car simply through the number of spare parts available on the market!
Nissan: Nissan Figaro (1990)
Only one word can possibly describe this car: Cute!
Peugeot: Peugeot 205GTi (1983 – 1998)
Back in the days before Peugeot consistently kicked out absolute garbage, the 205GTi cemented the company as a master of speed and agility, and it was this car that defined Group B rallying and the fate that followed. But even off the rally stage it was still a formidable family hatchback.
Pontiac: Pontiac Trans Am (1982 – 1992)
If it’s good enough for Knight Rider, it’s good enough for anyone!
Pagani: Pagani Zonda (1999 – 2011)
Pagani’s first product, and boy was it superb!
Porsche: Porsche 928 (1977 – 1995)
Incredible styling, oodles of performance, and indestructible German reliability, the 928 is Teutonic brilliance on wheels.
Range Rover: Range Rover P38 (1995 – 2002)
While the original Range Rover Classic was a fantastic machine, it was the Range Rover P38 of 1994 that brought SUV’s out of the mud and put them on Knightsbridge.
Reliant: Reliant Scimitar (1968 – 1975)
When they weren’t making horrible 3-wheeled deathtraps, Reliant also dabbled in making some sublime sports cars. The Reliant Scimitar was so perfect in every way that even Princess Anne got one for her 20th Birthday, followed by another 8 of these wonderful machines. Apparently she also liked to be a touch exuberant in them as well, seeing as a persistent rumour is she was pulled over more than once for speeding!
Renault: Renault Avantime (2002 – 2003)
It may have fallen into a gap in the market, but it certainly found a place in my heart. The Avantime is the perfect blend of size, style, technology and French panache.
Rolls Royce: Rolls Royce Camargue (1975 – 1986)
While this car takes a beating regularly for its looks and outrageous price-tag, to me it’s something of a tragic figure, but it’s no less a Rolls Royce than the rest. If anything, its somewhat rare nature and quintessential 70’s style makes it even more desirable.
Rover: Rover P5 (1958 – 1973)
The Rover P5, the luxury car for the blue-collar worker, a car that was the UK with a tax disc, and was so loved for its comfort, style and performance that Queen Elizabeth II had 2, while every Prime Minister from Harold Wilson to John Major used them on parliamentary duties well into the 1990’s!
SAAB: SAAB Sonett III (1970 – 1974)
The late, lamented SAAB gave us many safe and stylish machines, but none more so than their true crowning achievement, the Sonett.
SEAT: SEAT 850 Sport (1966 – 1974)
Another cute and cuddly little sports car, this time from Sunny Spain!
Shelby: Shelby GT350 (2016 – Present)
Shelby’s partnership with Ford continues to define automotive power and precision in their latest outing, the Shelby GT350. While I was tempted to choose the GT350 of the 1960’s, my heart told me that the latest model, with that fantastic 2015 styling and raunchy power, it couldn’t be anything else.
Subaru: Subaru Baja (2002 – 2006)
The looks and power of the Legacy, but with the practicality of a pickup truck.
Sunbeam: Sunbeam Rapier (1967 – 1976)
While not exactly a Ford Mustang Fastback in terms of speed, on looks alone it takes the cake, especially when compared to Sunbeam’s other humble family cars.
Suzuki: Suzuki Vitara (1988 – 1997)
While smaller than average, the Vitara (especially the 5-door model) was truly the economical choice for a family SUV.
Talbot: Talbot Sunbeam (1977 – 1981)
The father of all hot-hatchbacks, the VW Golf GTi, the 205GTi, the RS200, they all owe their existence to this. Taking the otherwise bland Talbot body of the Sunbeam and fitting it with 2.1L Slant-4 Lotus engine was a stroke of genius, and the Sunbeam absolutely crushed the opposition on the rally stage.
Toyota: Toyota Land Cruiser J60 (1980 – 1989)
The SUV that practically destroyed Land Rover. Size and technical reliability are what helped turn Toyota into a household name, especially in Australia. As it was once put by the local population “You can go into the Outback in a Land Rover, but if you want to come out again, use a Toyota.”
Triumph: Triumph Spitfire Mark II (1965 – 1967)
Perky performance captured in a sweet little body. It truly does live up to the name Spitfire!
TVR: TVR Tuscan Speed 6 (1999 – 2006)
Despite it’s love/hate styling, the TVR Tuscan Speed 6 is by far Blackpool’s finest creation, utterly beautiful!
Vauxhall: Vauxhall Calibra (1989 – 1997)
For those who constantly bash Vauxhall for being boring and bland, take a moment to admire the Calibra. It was strong, it was stylish, it had some good power and it really did break away from the slew of cheap, plastic saloon cars the company seemed to enjoy building.
Venturi: Venturi Atlantique 300 (1994 – 2000)
While its product list could be counted with both hands, the Atlantique is truly the pinnacle of their creation. It really is a fantastic car, stylish, fast, grips like golf shoes, it is, as Jeremy Clarkson once put it, “your own personal fighter jet!”
Volkswagen: Volkswagen Scirocco (2008 – Present)
While the original design of the 70’s was a great looking car, the new Scirocco is truly something else. It drives like a Golf GTi, but it looks so much better!
Volvo: Volvo 480 (1986 – 1995)