Summer is almost officially upon us and that means cars shows. Sure, there are plenty of Cars and Coffee events that you can see great cars, but the competition car shows are now well underway.
For us the car show season starts with the Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show. Of course if we were on the east coast Amelia Island is the show that starts things off, but that is all the way on the other side of the country. For us it starts in Morro Bay and all the car shows lead to the “grand daddy” of them all, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Our List of the 5 Best Production Sports Cars of all Time
There have been some great sports cars made over the years. From modern supercars like the Bugatti Veyron to classics like the Lamborghini Miura there are a lot of great cars to choose from. Some are just incredible straight line performers, while others are more about handling and some can do both well.
We’ve put together what we think are the top 5 sports cars of all time. Checkout the list and see if you agree with us or not.
Ferrari 250 GTO
The beautiful design and great performance of the 250 GTO make it one of the all time greats. Only 39 examples were sold in order for homologation of the car for racing in the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car class. These cars are extremely valuable with one going for $35 million dollars in 2012 and they are owned by the likes of Ralph Lauren. When you think of great Ferraris the 250 GTO is pretty much in a class by itself.
The F1 was the first production road car by McLaren and it was a doozy. For a while it was the fastest car in the world with it being able to hit a top speed of 243 mph. Unlike the modern Bugatti Veyron that accomplishes its high speed using many technological tricks and a huge engine, the F1 was all about high horsepower, lightweight materials and great suspension. Oh and it seats three with the driver in the middle, which is about as cool as it gets.
Is there a more iconic sports car than the Porsche 911? The rear-engined car is designed backwards and yet is able to do things that other sports cars only dream of. The car is the pinnacle of engineering taking a platform that performed well, but with finicky the handling, and evolving it into a complete package. Beyond all this there aren’t many sports car models that can say they have been in existence for 50 years.
Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
The 300SL Gullwing is one of the most recognizable cars in the world. In many ways it can be thought of as the father of supercars. When it was introduced it was the fastest car in the world and could only be enjoyed by the wealthy. When you think of the fact that a car from the ’50s was capable of hitting 160 mph (depending on gearing) that puts it in supercar status right there. Of course the brakes would make that a very scary speed to be driving. Of course it is the “Gullwing” doors that really make it the iconic car that it is.
The Corvette is the American sports car. There have been other sports cars from the United States, but none has been as successful as the Corvette. The model has been with us from 60 years. It started with a lightweight stylish sports car with an inline-6 engine, but it was when a V8 was put into the car that it started to become a legend. While some of the models have had their quirks the car has really grown up and the 2014 Stingray looks like it will be an incredible sports car.
So those are our top 5 sports cars, did your favorite make the list? No matter if you agree with us or not, we want to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Also, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for the latest news, videos and lists like this (scroll down to see the subscribe box).
The first reviews of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray (C7) have been released and Motor Trend and Car and Driver are the first two publications to get to drive the car. Both magazines have released videos reviewing the V8 monster that is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The car puts out an earth moving 455 horsepower straight from the factory.
Both reviews are of cars that come with the Z51 package. The optional package is designed for those that would like to autocross or track their cars occasionally. The package adds additional cooling for the car to keep it running well when pushed hard.
The C7 Corvette is arguably the best Corvette ever made. You get incredible performance and good handling from a package that is much more upscale than previous models. Not bad for a sports car that has a base price of just over $50,000.
Both of these videos are informative and show what the car is capable of, but the Motor Trend review is a bit more entertaining.
Watch the videos and then let us know what you think of the new Corvette Stingray in the comments below.
Callaway has received permission from GM to build Corvette C7 GT3 Race Cars. The racing variant of the new American sports car will be submitted for homologation from the FIA. The cars will be sold to customer race teams that want to race the new Corvette in GT races.
Callaway will not be building the factory run race cars, but will only be selling cars to other customer race teams. No price has yet been released for the cars, but it probably will cost a bit more than the street car. Performance estimates are also pending, but given the performance of the street car it should be very fast.
Let us know what you think of the Callaway C7 Corvette GT3 Race Car in the comments below.
Callaway Competition GmbH, Leingarten Germany, will embark on a development program for making the new Corvette C7 into a GT3-class race car and submit for homologation from the FIA.
Specialists, like Callaway, require authorization from original equipment manufacturers, like Chevrolet, to submit the homologation forms necessary to allow their version of the car to be the version allowed in FIA competition. As Callaway has just received the required letter of authorization from Chevrolet, Callaway has become the appointed specialist representative for building and holding the homologation of the Corvette C7 FIA GT3 race cars.
Callaway has also been the homologation holder for the Corvette C6 version of the GT3 car with the FIA. The Callaway team is currently the most successful in GT3, based on numerous Drivers and Team Championships from 2007 to present.
The new 2014 Corvette Stingray offers incredible performance and great gas mileage for a big V8. The new car puts out 455 horsepower and can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It can do all of this while being able to get 29 mpg on the highway.
The Stingray name is one of the most coveted names for a Corvette model. The nameplate first appeared in the ’60s and now this newest incarnation of the American sports car has been deemed worthy to wear the name. This video takes you from the early Stingray cars and takes it all the way to the new Corvette. It also features some great footage of each model in between the early car and the newest car.
Checkout the video and then let us know which of the generations is your favorite in the comments below.