The name of this famous Lamborghini says it all. Legend has it that when the factory workers first saw the car, one of them exclaimed "countach" -- the local Piedmontese word for "wow." And "wow!" is right- the Countach was a real head turner, unlike anything else on the road when it was first produced in 1974. The wide, low, angular model featured scissor doors and was among the earliest super cars.
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Nissan Skyline R32
Considering the computer power that goes into the Nissan Skyline, it’s no surprise that the car has been called "a Playstation on wheels." The driver can connect a laptop to the engine management system to tweak power and emissions controls for more horsepower and speed.
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Corvette Sting Ray
When it comes to cars, the Corvette C2, also known as the Sting Ray, is the original American idol. For the last 50 years, the classic expression of the American love for driving has boasted a V8 engine and a lot of power. Unlike most European and Japanese sports cars, the Sting Ray goes for muscle over refinement; its critics call it "crude."
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Aston Martin DB5
Simply put, there’s a reason James Bond drives an Aston Martin. Totally unlike the Corvette, which exuded American muscle and power, the Aston Martin is the epitome of British elegance, with a touch of glamour added by 007. Too bad it’s hindered by a pretty basic flaw: a strong tendency to break down.
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Form and function rarely fit so well together as in the Mercedes Gullwing SL, also known as the 300 SL. Both aerodynamic and gorgeous, the car stunned the world upon its arrival. The gull wing doors were born out of practical need, but added what soon became a signature touch.
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Ferrari may be the ultimate sports car company, and the Enzo is a big part of the reason why. It doesn’t have the smooth, sexy lines of most of Ferrari’s other models, but the Enzo packs a real punch.
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Born out of and defined by the groovy 1960s, the Jaguar E-Type is possibly the most beautiful car ever made, and definitely the most phallic. Among the first production cars, the E-Type, known in the US as the XK-E, boasted an improved form of the engine that powered its famous racing predecessor, the D-Type.
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To cut to the chase, the McLaren F1 is the fastest road car in the world. The 627 horsepower engine powers an all carbon composite body that’s lighter than just about anything else on the road, so the F1 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The car is about function over form: It’s not as beautiful as the Jaguar E-Type or most Ferraris, but it beats the pants off them in a speed contest.
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Compared to names like Ferrari and Lamborghini, Mazda seems like an unlikely choice to take the second place spot on this list. But the best selling two seat convertible of all time may well be the most influential sports car of its time. Light and low with great balance and power to weight ratio, the Miata is fun to drive and handles well.
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The Porsche 911 is legendary for a lot of reasons, and that’s what lands it at the top of this list. It's been around since 1964, and is perhaps best known for starring alongside Steve McQueen in the 1971 film Le Mans, about the famed 24 hour race.
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