5 great cars of the century

Does the sight of a 1963 Ford Mustang convertible bring you to tears, or the curves of a Mini Cooper leave you breathless? If so then you need to read our guide to 5 great cars of the century – your favourite car is certain to be in here somewhere, and if not, you might find a new car to fall in love with!

#1. Maserati 3500GT

One of the sexiest cars of all time has to be the 3500GT, built in 1957. This was Maserati’s first touring car designed specifically for long, luxury drives in complete comfort, and featured a straight six-cylinder engine and room for four. Today, the name Maserati is synonymous with luxurious sports cars, and the new Maserati Ghibli is the first car in Maserati history to feature a diesel engine – it’s 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel ensures that this beauty flies.

#2. Porsche 550 Spyder

Probably best known as the car James Dean was driving in his fatal crash (his car was affectionately known as ‘Little Bastard’), the Porsche 550 was produced in the 1950’s and today is a classic car favoured by collectors worldwide. This car became the cornerstone of Porsche’s success, thanks to a lighter chassis than previous models and sleek design. Porsches today come in the form of the sporty Porsche Boxster or robust Panamera, but still boast some of the iconic appeal that drew James Dean to the brand.

#3. Ferrari ‘LaFerrari’

Sadly, you may never get your hands on the Ferrari F70 or LaFerrari, as only 499 of this hybrid sports car were ever built. Reducing fuel consumption by almost half compared to previous Ferrari models and providing drivers with a 6.3 litre engine and nearly 1,000 horsepower, this latest model is a beast. For those looking for a more accessible model, the Ferrari 458 Spider is an ever-popular choice with its maximum speed of 199mph.

#4. Tesla Motors Roadster

For a sports car with a difference, the electric Tesla Motors Roadster is really something special! These cars were produced from 2008 – 2012 and can do 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds. The stunning carbon fibre chassis hides comfortable, luxurious seats ad futuristic touch-screen controls, and all this is guilt-free, as the car has zero emissions. You’ll get around 211 miles out of every charge and you can plug your car in to almost any outlet anywhere on the planet – how’s that for convenience and style! Tesla’s full range of electric cars includes the Model X for those looking for an SUV/minivan style and the Model S, a hard-top sedan with all the performance you’d expect from a sports car.

#5. Aston Martin Vanquish

No list of the century’s greatest cars would be complete without a nod to Aston Martin. The Vanquish appeared in the Bond Film ‘Die Another Day’ alongside Pierce Brosnan, and the luxury car’s sales took off as a result. If you’re looking to invest in one of these beauties, it will set you back a cool £200,000, but of course that’s only around £800 a month on finance (with quite a hefty deposit!) This stunning car is probably best left for the budding James Bond’s amongst us.

So there you have it – 5 great cars of the century, and a veritable smorgasbord of automotive delights for any car enthusiast. If you’re feeling flush, you could even use this as your shopping list for your next vehicle.