10 Great Sports Cars
Selecting great cars is an exercise likely to provoke much heated debate amongst those who love their wheels.
Judging cars from different eras isn’t easy, and some people have their favourite marques in a field of names – both of manufacturers and specific models.
The very best evoke all kinds of images and feelings – not least the inspiration for teens to get up to speed and learn to drive for themselves.
Here are ten that, for various reasons, deserve their place in automotive folklore.
1. E-Type Jaguar
There can’t be many who dislike the E-Type to look at – and it has matched its striking appearance with thrill-a-minute driving too. Looks wonderful in either hard or soft top guise.
2. Aston Martin DB5
The iconic original ‘James Bond car’, the DB series of Astons all have their place in people’s affections. Many actually prefer the look of the earlier DB4 with its ‘open’ headlights. The DB range backed up its driver appeal by being built to last. Style and substance.
3. Porsche 911
With its rear engine, it has origins from the far more humble VW Beetle but evolved into one of the most iconic sports cars ever. This combines everyday drivability with thrills aplenty.
4. Bugatti Veyron
VW, which owns Bugatti, promised to build the speediest production car and succeeded, The Veyron was the fastest of all for a spell reaching a speed of nearly 270 mph. It’s still very fast – and highly desirable.
5. Mazda MX-5
The little Mazda has always captured the traditional sports car wind-in-the-hair fun with each version, and offers a genuinely pleasurable driving experience for sensible money with competitive running costs.
6. Ferrari Enzo
You could pick any of several Ferraris in a ‘best ever’ list but this supercar – named after the firm’s founder – is a complete no-compromise performance machine. It even looks like a track car.
7. MGB & MG Midget
This iconic family of British made sports cars including the MGB, MGB GT and MG Midget fuelled many young driver’s dreams back in the day – a motorcar pinup.
Its driving dynamics weren’t especially impressive, even allowing for the standards of the time, but for looks and image they’re in a class of their own in their price range.
8. Alfa Romeo Spyder (2009)
Alfa has a reputation for its sporting heritage and the Spyder is – by common consent – one of the most striking two-seater sports cars of them all. It drives pretty well, too.
9. Lamborghini Gallardo
A superb name for a superb car, it looks as good as it drives and immediately conjures up sunlit images of fast drives along twisty mountain roads. Other Lamborghinis could easily make this list – the Murcielago from 2009 takes some beating as does the 2011 Aventador.
10. Ford GT
Low, sleek, and striking – this car had a hard act in following the original and iconic GT40 but for many motoring pundits it succeeded in spades. As it shows in the performance versions of high volume cars such as the ST versions of the Fiesta and Focus, Ford can certainly turn on the style when it comes to sheer driver appeal.
Of course others could easily have made this list – what about Triumph? The Spitfire was a popular little sports car competing with the small MGs. No McLaren F1? What about the Audi TT which – thanks to its styling – has a timeless quality about it.
Then there’s more historic British offerings from the likes of AC, Austin and Lotus. The debate starts here…
Photo source: Dan Smith, Ed Callow, Magnus Manske, M 93, Kickaffe, Karrmann, Ralstojj, Rob Smith, Tim Felce, Brian Snelson