With a majority of cars designed to appeal to the current automotive industry trends and consumer preferences, automobile designs have a tendency to quickly age and become unattractive and obsolete by newer and more modern standards. Still, every now and then a car is created that defies the current expectations of the market and sets its own standards.
Usually innovative and unique, such cars remain truly timeless. Today, we'll explore a list of iconic cars with designs that remain just as beautiful and fresh today as they did when they were first conceived. These are the 10 car designs that managed to transcend time itself.
10 1992 mazda rx-7
Every gearhead is well aware of the importance and beauty this 90s JDM icon has brought to the automotive community. When the latest design was revealed in 1992, it wowed enthusiasts worldwide with its sleek, flowing lines, and perfectly well-rounded design. Many of the features decorating the RX-7 made it seem more modern and more expensive than it really is, such as the Ferrari-reminiscent pop-up headlights, a huge rear tail wing, and an overall low-slung sporty design.
Today, the RX-7 remains celebrated as easily one of the most beautiful sports cars (and cars in general) to come out of the 90s Japanese automotive industry, and its designers somehow managed to carve a body that still looks impeccable and modern to this day, and will probably remain so forever.
9 1960 ford gt40
The history behind this car makes it one of the most iconic and important vehicles of the 20th century. This very design helped propel the GT40 to the first place of the 1960-1966 Le Mans, at previously unheard of speeds in excess of 200 mph.
So, it's no wonder that Ford was proud to base their newer GT model entirely on the timeless design of the GT40. Although the newer version shares many of the virtues of the old one, making it one of the most beautiful modern sports cars, we just can't get over the fact that this timeless design was created over 60 years ago.
8 1961 Jaguar XKE
Designed by Malcolm Sayer, the XKE took over the sports car scene when it was introduced in 1961, featuring an incredibly elegant, 2-door cabriolet design. Although a successor to the XK 120 released only a decade earlier, the XKE was more forward-looking and sleek than anyone would have expected it to be.
With a design reminiscent of the earlier world-series-winning D-Type, the XKE was somehow able to combine the British style of the 1960s with an aggressive world-class sports car image and fit both these characteristics into an everyday luxury sports car. Needless to say, the car remains stunning to this day, and you can rest assured that pictures do it no justice.
7 1941 Jeep Willys MB
One of the most recognizable brands in the entire automotive industry, Jeep has managed to carry over its crucial design features all the way from their first Willys army vehicle.
No, it does not look new or modern, it's the exact opposite. This is exactly what makes it so attractive - a rugged, timeless, jeep-trademark design that has managed to make every newer model equally as beautiful and recognizable as the first one. The MB had just enough room for 2 people and equipment, and was designed to withstand anything and still keep happily taking driver and passenger from point A to point B.
6 1966 Lamborghini Miura
For many classic car enthusiasts, the most beautiful Lamborghini is not the new Huracan, or the Gallardo, or even the iconic Countach - it's the Miura. Presented in 1965 at a Turin Auto Show, this Lamborghini stunned the crowd with its first-ever mid-engine, supercar design that would pave the way for the brand's newest and most capable supercars.
The Miura featured a beastly 4.0L V12, producing 350 hp for the P400 version and 385 for the P400SV. Considering its mere 2848-lb curb weight, the Miura was capable of impressive feats for the time. Despite a production run of six years, only 764 models were produced, and today this rare and iconic supercar is lauded as one of the most timeless and beautiful sports cars of the 20th century.
5 1958 Aston Martin DB4
The DB4 needs no introduction. We've seen its successor, the DB5, multiple times on screen, driven by Sean Connery in the legendary James Bond franchise. However, this is the car it was based on, and to many, the DB4 is the more beautiful one. It was introduced 6 years prior to its successor, in 1958, and featured a 3.7L DOHC straight-six engine producing an impressive 240 horsepower.
As a matter of fact, like its successor, the DB4 was the fastest production car in the world when it came out in 1958, capable of acquiring a top speed of 141 mph. However, it is not its performance that's lauded and remembered today, it's the car's beauty. Indeed, this was one of the most beautiful sports coupes to hail from the mid 20th century.
4 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Of all the Corvette models that hailed from Chevy over the years, the C2 remains the most impressive and timeless. It was the first corvette to embody some of its most beautiful and distinctive design features, such as the popular retractable headlights and a completely redesigned hard-top body.
Inside it, Chevy placed a large 5.4L V8, churning out a stampede of 360 horses, which made it extremely thrilling and competitive for the time. Today, it is exactly this model that stands out as the most beautiful in the minds of many car enthusiasts, and it's clear why.
3 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
Designed by Friedrich Geiger, the iconic 1955 Mercedes SL300 "Gullwing" was an early demonstration of Mercedes' competence and a foreshadowing of what the company would achieve in the future. It features a forward-looking 2-door coupe design with recognizable butterfly doors and large front hood. When it was released, the Gullwing was the fastest production car in the world, capable of exceeding a speed of 135 mph.
However, this is rarely the focal point when reminiscing about this icon, which looked more modern and sleek than many of its rivals in decades to come. Today, the 300SL finds brilliant design features borrowed by the most luxurious and prestigious modern Mercedes-Benz sports models, such as the Mercedes AMG GTS or the SLS.
2 1954 MASERATI A6GCS BERLINETTA
Quirky and unique, the the A6GCS Berlinetta now celebrates 65 years since it was first introduced at the 1954 Turin Auto Show. A special project by Maseratti, the Berlinetta borrows its perfectly-styled body from the legendary Pininfarina design factory, and fits it with a 2.0L straight six-cylinder engine producing a thrilling 170 horsepower.
Although its unfortunately short production run of only 4 units left it unfamiliar to many, it would be a shame to pass up on the opportunity to include this incredibly rare and beautiful car in this list. Every design feature of this Berlinetta exudes luxury and competence. For this very reason, it remains just as fresh and jaw-dropping today as it was over 60 years ago.
1 1984 ferrari testarossa
It's one of those 90s cars we wish would still be around today. Sharp, sleek, and simple, the Testarossa became the very definition of cool after it first debuted at the 1984 Paris Motor Show.
Since then, the engine has had a few revisions during the 90s, but the overall design remained practically unchanged. Even ignoring its place as a rare status symbol, the thing about the Testarossa's design is that it's so simple and straightforward yet aggressive; it could easily pass as a brand-new luxury car today.