300SL Tops List of Best-Looking Cars

Aug 25, 2012

Leave it to the 1950s to produce a car design for the ages.

Automotive ranking and comparison website Total Car Score ranked the top-10 best-looking cars of all time in honor of recent automotive celebrations including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise.

Topping the list was the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL. However, unlike clearly defined vehicle specifications such as horsepower, top speed or 0-to-60 acceleration, Total Car Score’s “best-looking” list is a highly subjective, the website warns.

“Ask 10 people to name the best-looking car of all time and you’ll likely get 10 different answers,” said Karl Brauer, editor in chief of Total Car Score. “But I’d suggest these 10 cars would be among the most popular answers given. Furthermore, all 10 of these cars have modern-day successors that clearly trace their appearance back to these timeless designs.”

Brauer and the editorial team at Total Car Score noted all of the cars on the best-looking list were produced within a 20-year time frame, suggesting a heightened sense of exterior design evolution during this period in the history of the automobile.

While classic Ferraris occupy two of the 10 slots, there is a wide range of brands represented including Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

“If you haven’t seen any of these cars in person, you owe it to yourself to get to a world-class car show to fully appreciate these beautiful machines,” said Brauer.

Here is the website’s list of the Top-10 Best-Looking Cars of All Time:

1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
2. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California
3. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
4. 1964 Aston Martin DB5
5. 1965 Jaguar E-Type
6. 1966 Ford GT40
7. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
8. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
9. 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV
10. 1973 Porsche Carrera RS