We here at TopSpeed are enthusiastically dedicated to bringing you the latest and most-relevant automotive news and reviews, and that keeps us pretty busy. But sometimes it’s good to stop and smell the roses. We want to know you, and we want you to get to know us. So here’s a piece that has nothing to do with the latest and greatest — just a leisurely trip down memory lane, with contributions by most of our team.
Take five and enjoy!

Pete Gatlin, Editor in Chief

Continue reading to see our picks.

Justin Cupler

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“The Fisker Karma, in my opinion, is the most beautiful car ever built. It is a rolling piece of art that puts form well ahead of function, and Fisker even admitted to this. When critics accused the Karma of having limited rear visibility, the company responded by basically saying ’Of course, it is a concept car that we made road legal, so there are some faults in among its beauty.’ Plus it is one of those few cars that you can’t drive past without staring at it. It’s simply incredible.”

Jonathan Lopez

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“I adore the 1967 Shelby Cobra for its ruthless simplicity. I respect the McLaren P1 for its spaceship aesthetic. And I think a Subaru 22B at full chat on a rally stage looks simply badass.
But forced to choose just one, I’d go with the Eagle E-Type Speedster. Every angle is heavenly. The body panels transcend time. On looks alone, the Brits have done it right here.”

Mark McNabb

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“I love Corvette Stingrays, particularly those built in 1971 and ’72. It all comes down to those square parking lights, the chrome bumpers front and rear, the optional Rally wheels, and of course that twin-vented hood covering either the big-block 454 or the track-day special LT-1 350. But those are just details on an immensely appealing coupe whose beltline swoops with curves like a supermodel, and whose top-down profile makes a Coke bottle blush in shame.
The Stingray captures that sports-car look, but with a style all its own – refusing to be grouped together with American muscle cars or Italian imports of the day. It paves its own road, and I like that."

Alex Oagana

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“Essentially a two-seat, road-going version of the 1954 and ’55 Formula One race car, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe is probably the only vehicle that I would exchange body parts for. I love every single detail about it: from the signature gull-wing doors — which were chosen not for looks but because the space-frame chassis had such high sill beams — to the front-midship position of its inline-eight engine that made it "the fastest road car in the world" at the time. Only two street-legal models were ever built, one of which is sitting in the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The other one’s whereabouts are unknown."

Richard Rowe

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“This one is a tie, because these sinister winners ride together like Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie has to be the "Baby Deusenberg" 1937 Cord 812; a femme fatale pinup with a supercharged pistol in her purse. And with her top down, well...
Clyde is the 1930 Bentley Speed Six "Blue Train Special." If this car were any manlier, well… it just couldn’t be, that’s all.”

Jeffrey N Ross

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“Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder, and to my eye the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is one of the most gorgeous automobiles ever built. I don’t consider myself a huge fan of Art Deco style, but I always find myself fawning over the Atlantic because of its cartoonishly curvaceous wheel arches and its tear-drop-shaped cockpit with reverse-hinged half-doors. The more you see a car, the more its beauty tends to wear off – a problem the Type 57SC Atlantic doesn’t have to contend with, as only four examples were created."

Ciprian Florea

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"Figoni et Falaschi might have disappeared more than 50 years ago, but the French firm was once a giant in the coachbuilding business. Influenced by advances in aircraft design and aerodynamics, F&F built some of the most elegant automobile bodies of the 1930s. Choosing the sexiest of the F&F designs is a daunting task, as there were hundreds of unique cars made for the likes of Bugatti, Delage or Talbot-Lago, but this 1938 Delahaye 165 best represents the company that turned cars into hovering art deco sculptures."

Pete Gatlin

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"My choice is the 1957 Ford Continental Mk II. This car can be defined with two words: simple elegance. Its lines are understated, yet beautiful. The whole car projects a relaxed, “Nothin’ to prove” attitude. I got to spend some time in one, and the interior is just as simple and elegant as the exterior — a very uncluttered and pleasant place to be. Remember, this was the mid-50s, which makes the simplicity of the design that much more impressive. This car was Feng Shui ahead of its time."

Well that’s it. What do you think? We love reading your comments, so leave one! What’s your vote for the most beautiful car? Perhaps we’ll do a follow-up piece: “The Most Beautiful Cars: Reader’s Choice.”
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