This is actually a satellite studio temporarily in the very near future I'm hoping to be back in the studio's with everybody else. To give you a higher quality, better sounding video, but for the time being well, this is the new norm, isn't it all right now. Let me tell you what we're going to be doing today: it's gon na be pretty cool because we're talking about the top 10 most beautiful cars ever this isn't necessarily the fastest or the best built, but it is in terms of aesthetics. What I consider to be some of the most beautiful vehicles out there now a lot of you guys are gon na say no you're wrong. You might be right in some cases, but I guarantee you, you will all agree with at least one of these picks amongst the 10. Now there are a few parameters I had to throw up there. First of all, there are so many vehicles going all the way back: pre war, pre world War – two, I should say all the way to today that I decided to eliminate a whole bunch of those years and I'm, starting at around 1960 and I'm moving up into The 80s that's it just a couple decades were at the time because in my mind that was the Golden Age of what I consider modern automotive, exterior design. Now some of these cars are remarkable for other reasons as well, but we're just going to talk about the designers a little bit about the engineering and about how absolutely awesomely beautiful these vehicles are so without any further delay.
Now, by the way it is a top ten, but the first nine I don't care what order they're in really but number one the number one on this list. I do care about and we'll get to that in a minute. So let's start number 10. The 1967 Toyota 2000gt. I know a lot of you guys. Don'T know what this vehicle is, and you really should look it up. It is spectacular now it was designed by Hiro Tawana. I want to see these names right, so I have it spelled out fanatically, but I think I totally screwed it up and Satori nozaki what's interesting about this car is that initially it came from Yamaha the idea of building this type of sports car and having Yamaha Work on the engine build it up, make it faster and they initially went to Nissan with the idea and Nissan turned them down. Then they went to Toyota. Toyota said well alright, but we want our engineers working on it as well. We want our people designing it. So it was a collaborative thing between Yamaha and Toyota and what they managed to build was an absolutely gorgeous machine, just luscious, and it performed quite well. It wasn't the fastest car out there. Now we are talking about him, the late 1960s, so I put out a 148 horsepower 129 pound of torque. It was a straight 6 that came out of one of their sedans, really not exactly what I would call a scorcher, but it had a five speed manual transmission and then later models had a three speed automatic as an option.
Inside and out it was just beautiful and it is one of the few cars on this list that was actually used in a James Bond movie. You only live twice which that car had a very unique feature. It was a convertible. The only convertibles made were specifically for that movie, otherwise they were all hard tops, they were all pass backs and they were all beautiful. So I want you guys to have a look at that one. It is oh just the lines the way they flow over the fender, those unique headlights, yeah it's it's, just a knockout, the next one number nine on our list is the 1974 Lamborghini Countach. Now a lot of you guys are going to say well, yeah. Ok, we all know the Lamborghini Countach, and you know the one you're talking about is one of the earlier ones, it's, actually the earliest, and what about all the wings and stuff yuck? The original shape of this vehicle is gorgeous and very futuristic something that's, not a Blade Runner, really cool stuff. It was designed by Marcello Gandini who, by the way, designed a ton of amazing cars and there's another car on this list by the way that Gambini was responsible for as well. And it is the ultimate wedge shape before you. Slap on the wings and the extra outlets and all the ground effects wider tires and blah blah blah blah. It was a very clean design. In fact, the only thing that stood out on it was the air intakes on the sides for the massive v12 engine.
Now initially, it put out 370 horsepower and 6 carburetors. You know typical Lamborghini, and this is a vehicle that replaced the beautiful Miura which should be on this list, but I just didn't have the space for it. It was updated through the years and some say that it was putting out well over 500 horsepower before it was done. This is a car that was built for a long time. It went all the way to 1990. Now up until that point in time, the car got larger and larger because they just kept slapping on components, wings and all this other stuff, and I think that they really took away from the beautiful aesthetics of that vehicle. So you know we're talking about that. V12. Literally put out 300 sorry, 265 370 horsepower that's what I meant to say yeah. So you know you might not think that's a lot but keep in mind that back in the early 70s that was extraordinary, let's move on the 1961 Jaguar e type roadster. Not only do I think that this is absolutely gorgeous vehicle, but Enzo Ferrari himself, the old man, the cranky cranky old man who loved nothing. But Ferraris said this is one of the most beautiful cars he's ever seen his words, and he was absolutely right. The interesting thing about it: it was designed by Malcolm Sayer. It was designed very quickly. It wasn't one of those things that sat in a shop and was designed in the design design over the course of two or three years with clay models and everything else.
No, they put this thing together very quickly. It was a design that went from you know of the back of a napkin or a piece of paper, all the way up to the actual prototype in a very short amount of time. It was also extremely fast, where the time I had a top speed of 150 miles per hour put out 240 horsepower and 283 pound feet of torque. It was incredible, but the vehicle I'm talking about by the way there were there was a roadster and there was a 2 2 coupe. Now, while I tend to prefer coupes, convertibles and roadsters, the convertible is just gorgeous that's. The one I'm talking about the coupe was sort of unusual actually had a really unusual rear hatch that opened to the side, as opposed to like a regular hatchback does today and when they did the 2 2 coupe to add people. They stretched it out and they ruined the lines it just looked, really bulbous and unattractive, but the original, oh, it was just beautiful to look at the next on. Our list is the 1963 to 1967 c2 version or the second generation of the Chevrolet Corvette, specifically the Chevy Corvette Stingray guys. This was the most beautiful Corvette ever made. Now there are lots of different types, and a lot of people will say that the GS version of this car, which was a racing edition, is the best looking one because it has a monster, tires and it's all scalloped out and everything else, and I might agree With that I mean it was gorgeous and badass at the same time, but I really like the simplicity, that's implicit that's, the wrong word.
I, like the styling and how direct the design was of the original now it's an interesting car, because there's a lot of design that went into it from its past. In the night late 1950s there was the stingray racer, it was a prototype concept and that was actually designed by Pete Brock among other people, there's also another car called the Q car and the XP 87 and those vehicles. If you look at them, you can see the lines and a lot of the design of the Corvette Stingray from 63 to 67 in terms of its overall design. But it was one of those vehicles that had so many innovations from the beginning of its life. To the end of its life that it really brought Corvette from being a vehicle that was more of a Grand Tour. In my mind, all the way to a serious, serious race car, and it did that all in one generation, the c2 generation. And if you look at the actual road going version of that car, that was actually the one that larry shinoda designed, but that was once again based on all those other designs by the way as aura Duntov. A lot of you guys are like oh yeah he's. The man got yeah that's right, he was the head engineer on Corvette and that car had so many different engines. Everything from well it had from 250 horsepower all the way up to 430 horsepower, and a lot of people said that the larger engine could actually put out over 500 horsepower that General Motors was actually holding back on their numbers.
There were three enforceable manual transmissions. There was a two speed: Powerglide automatic there's, a ton of different options, for it had a completely different set of components underneath the vehicle from 63 to 67. So the suspension geometry changed a lot of other things changed, but the outside of that car. That shark, like design that flat beautiful crisp design, remain the same and by the way, the first version of that we had a split window, fastback designed to it, which Sora Duntov hated and he had that removed pretty damn quickly. So they'll split window ones are worth a lot of money. Let'S move on to the 1971 BMW CSI, the een, ein, BMW and its actual design credits are kind of fuzzy because they didn't really credit. Just one person with this vehicle. Its design goes back to the BMW mm C in 2000, CS four cylinder, coupes and they're ugly. They are, I mean the front end of those cars is ghastly, but but the 3.0 c SI i stands for injection that was built in the late sixties or seventies. Is extraordinary, if you look at the greenhouse of the car, how thin the pillars are the way the front end is design the way it cools in the overall shape of it is everything in my mind that a modern sport sedan, slash sports coupe should be, I Think it's, just beautiful and if you go up progressively you'll, find that you actually kind of got a little bit uglier because at least in the United States they had a slap on larger bumpers and everything else and monkeying around with it a little bit.
So. The earlier versions of that car just dynamite now in terms of who built what Brut own did do some of the design and also William or William Hoff, a miser or Hofmeister. He did some of the design specifically to certain components on the vehicle. But if you look, you can really see it. There is a little bit of Italian flair with that car. Just a beautiful car one of my favorites, the next one. Now by the way, now, by the way, this entire list, it could easily be Italian cars. But what I decided to do was make sure that this list had vehicles that are still coming from an automaker. We know so eat so grief, oh to Thomas again, a lot of these other automakers that are no longer building vehicles. Plymouth. What have you I decided? Just to kind of put those aside, you also known it's, not on a muscle cars on this, even though I do love muscle cars, but there are a lot of extraordinary vehicles. The next one is one of my favorites as a kid. I actually had a poster of this car in rally form on my wall and back then I didn't even understand what the WRC was all about, or any type of rally really it's a 1973 to 1978 lancia stratos hf. That idea, the hf actually stands for high fidelity and it was their street versions. That ideal is yes for the street, and this is a car that was designed from the ground up to be a rally vehicle, but they did have to as a requirement build enough of them specifically for the street that they had a run of around 500.
I think it was a little bit less than that. It was designed by Gandini, uh and he's, so good at this design. This is another one of those wedge designs now, if we're selling you guys who might look at it and think it's a little odd looking because it has a really short wheelbase and it's a very narrow, cockpit, it's kind of a jet age rocket Age design. In terms of its wedge wedge shape, but this thing had a Ferrari engine in it and it's stubby dimensions and really sharp nose and everything else led to it, having very good aerodynamics and being able to house a very strong suspension. This thing travelled through Africa. This thing won tons of rally races well over a dozen rally races at took from a lot of big manufacturers. It was even able to take us rally, stages from all wheel, drive cars of the time, that's how good it was I'm. Just saying it had the Ferrari sourced v6. It made in street form 188 to 190 horsepower, give or take, but the ones that were racing on the track even had a turbo version. They were just going double even almost triple that amount of power, ridiculous amounts of power out of a fairly small engine, and it according to experts, was one of the iconic designs. If you think about the mixture of Italian rallying and sports cars, that is the iconic design, now you guys should look it up for those of you who don't know what this car is because there's some really cool versions of it that have these massive pods in The front full of headlights and everything else and it still looks good with the larger wheels and the extra fender flares and the big wing and everything still looks good.
And yet, if you look at the ones that were built just for the street, they looked amazing. Very cool car once again, something from my youth. Now, the next vehicle on this list is the 1964 and a half all the way to about 1969. Actually going into the early 70s, the first generation Ford Mustang, planned out what you guys are saying. Ford Mustang really hear me out Ford Mustang in my mind. In 1969, was the peak it's absolutely gorgeous design now granted. I did have a 65 Mustang it's a whole other story, but it's the same vehicle basically same platform. Wheelbase was about the same, but they did get stretched in both length and width and by the time it got to 1969 and they built the boss 302. The quad headlights that big grille, the overall design of that vehicle. If you look the side hump, the weight goes up and over the rear, fender everything they did with that car absolutely says American Muscle, but American good, looking muscle anywhere, I go in the world anywhere I've been to in the world. If I talk about cars and if I mentioned a Ford Mustang a lot of people immediately – think of that one, because it was one of the most iconic looking cars out there and by the way, the late 60s boss 302. One of the best handling Mustangs ever funny thing later on when they built the boss 302 again, one of the best handling Mustangs ever it was a great balance between performance and handling, especially in the vehicle had a solid rear axle I mean God they were able To get some good handling out of that car, but the look of it was just incredible now there are a lot of designers that were tied into the Mustang from the early days all the way through to today, but I will mention one person that helped make The Mustang happen in the first place, and that is Lee Iacocca for those of you don't know yes, he's the guy, who eventually went to Chrysler and help that company out the Mustang is really apple pie together.
I guess you could say the Corvette is, to a certain degree but there's something about a Mustang that it's just all american. Yes, I love the Camaro. By the way, I think it's America it's a gorgeous car, especially the 68 69 s, but man that Mustang just beautiful all right, let's move on all right. Let'S move on. I had to mention Ferrari. I had to there's no way this list would be complete without it, and there are so many Ferraris to choose from that are just beautiful, but the 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB is just gorgeous. It was designed by Leonardo, floatover rod, T and I probably got his name wrong terrible of pronunciation and it was introduced to the Paris Auto, Show 1968 and it blew everybody away. This is a car that, for those of you who are children of the 80s and remember some of the television shows, there was one called Miami Vice and that show had a black one running around here's funny thing about that. Actually, there are a couple real Daytona's that they used in that show, but there are also some fake ones that were actually built on Corvette platforms and when Ferrari found out, they got so angry. Eight, they sued the company that built the knockoffs because they looked just like the real thing and be throw some sort of special agreement with the television production company. They replace that car with the then brand new Ferrari Testarossa so go figure.
I actually remember the episode that you'd actually blew the car up with a rocket putting a punctuation on. We don't want the car anymore, but it was beautiful, just beautiful and whether you saw the racing version of it or the one with the knockoff wire wheels or whichever one you saw. They were striking, not a very complex design, but everything had to do with the subtlety of the car. The unusual setup of the headlights, the way they're covered the front end how it just arcs up gently and it's, not super super curvy it's a little bit more of a solid line that bends very different type of design. The rear end of that car is mine. If icky and and and that's another one of those cars that looks just as good as a coupe as it does, a convertible it's really hard for me to decide which one I prefer and I don't normally like convertibles now, this vehicle had the absolutely amazing for Our a 4.4 liter v12 Colombo engine there was a derivative of it put out 347 horsepower. Now we got to remember this is 1968. Nothing was a beast. Five speed manual transmission, it debuted at the Paris Auto so long in 1968. What a beautiful beautiful car the thing about it is that there are very few cars on my mind that look good in any color. This is one of those cars that can pull off any color and it looks very different.
Some cars just can't pull off white as an example. This one absolutely can beautiful car let's move on now this next one for those of you who might be disagreeing with me with what I'm about to say, you have to understand that, aside from the fact, I'm, an old man, this car was incredibly important to the American market, because it could prove that anybody could afford a car that looked almost as good as a Corvette or in some cases better depends on your perspective and yet was affordable. Ease to drive fun to drive, could race and could win I'm talking about. Of course, the Nissan Datsun 240z all right yep go ahead and yell at your computer. I know a lot of you guys are gon na disagree for this list having this vehicle on there, but I think it's just gorgeous what a great design it's, not without controversy. There are a lot of different versions. First of all, some people call it this well, some people it's also known as the fair lady overseas or the Nissan Fairlady, see it became the 260z in the 280z. As displacement went up, the car grew in size. It became a 2 2 and once that happened just like with vehicles like the Jaguar, it ruined the lines and made it look bulbous and really unattractive, but its original version was just beautiful and it competed with Corsa, BMW out for a man, you name it really Really pretty car, I really like the way they were able to get the lines to curve slightly throughout the vehicle.
Yes, it's, similar to the way that GT we were talking about earlier from Toyota. The 2000 GT yeah similarities in terms of the design, but and you could kind of get an idea. Okay, maybe they were inspired by that, but the way they did the front end it's sort of like a Ferrari. The way they did the roof sort of like a Jaguar, you can kind of see all these things, but they brought it together in such a beautiful, cohesive package, it's just just bonkers the way they did it. This is also the car that I think put Nissan on the map Datsun on the map in the United States. Before then, they weren't really known for any serious sports cars yeah. They did have a sports car before then, but he didn't really sell that. Well. This was something different and man, just a beautiful car, a couple things about it that you should know. It'S didn't have a ton of power. It was a straight 6 and dual side carburetors one barrel. I remember that only because I worked on a few of them. Wasn'T really the the fastest car on the planet I've actually got the notes here and of course I got him all jumbled, but the bottom line is that it was more about handling than anything else a man could handle. I actually drove one of these on the racetrack and I kind of crashed one, but it was a 240 and it really moved nicely such a responsive car, one of those that just did a really good job with making sure the driver was fully in control.
The entire time it was, it was pretty incredible by the way it was designed by yo chourio Matsuo. I think I got that one right and it was just a sensation so, but we were talking about the engine 2.4 liter, hence 240, and it just grew up from there that engine put out. You might have to do this all again that engine put out 151 horsepower and 146 pounds of torque. It was super smooth. It was responsive and is fairly economical. You know for the time it's a fairly large displacement engine in a fairly small car, just absolutely the business beautiful carpets, let's finish up with number one. Now all these other cars on the list can go anywhere on the list that I would be completely happy with it, but number one is, I want to say: arguably it is the most beautiful car ever produced. Not only is it just a work of art, it's rolling sensuality, but it actually has some incredible innovations in it, and it proves that the Italians had a lot of amazing ideas in the early days going through the 60s, and this is one of those cars that Absolutely deserves to be known as one of the most beautiful cars ever made as a matter of fact, many people who do this automotive journalists, people who are automotive photographers, even people who work at other automotive agencies, would agree with me that the Alfa Romeo tipo 33 Stradale is the most beautiful car ever made.
The one I'm talking about is the 1968. They were built from 67 to 69 and this was a sky lagoon designed, Franco sky pony and it was a real limited run. They only built like 18 of these and it's an interesting thing, because if you look at the car now first of all I mean the lines on that car are absolutely luscious. There is no wasted line on this car. Everything about the curvaceous nature of it leads to what was good about design and what is good about design. You can see a lot of that in modern classics like a lot of the new stuff that Alfa Romeo has been designing, especially their concept cars. Speaking of concept, cars, the interesting thing about the tipo 33, so by the way that means type type 33, is that that platform was actually used in some absolutely famous concept: cars, some that people begged Alfa Romeo to build, one of which was the caribou and the Other one was the iguana look, those up Alfre, marabou and iguana. They are really cool, unique cars that inspired other manufacturers to build cars that are very similar to it. So you'll look at that! No okay, yeah! I could see the lines going into certain other cars that went out there, so this car had a lot of really cool stuff going on, including just on the design on the outside. You were able to see the engine, which was this tiny little 2 liter v8.
With these velocity stacks coming up and they're beautiful, you can actually see it through the plexiglass cover in the back, and obviously people are still doing stuff like that. Today it was one of the earliest cars to have a 6 speed manual gearbox to have butterfly doors. This is a design they had to put in there because there's no other way to make the doors work quite right. It had maximum horsepower 227 horsepower, which isn't a lot, but the car didn't weigh much, and that was way up at 8800 rpm. That thing screamed like a motorcycle. It made its debut at the Paris salon, Danna Otto in October 1967. It was an absolute sensation and most people thought okay. This is just going to be another racecar, and the thing is once again, it was built for the streets. The rod AO and there was another tipo 33 that it was based on, and that was the race car. So this is the street going car and it was is just beautiful to look at now. I welcome debate on a lot of these that I've talked about, but I'm gon na maintain that I stand by what I said when it comes to number one: the 1968 Alfa Romeo tipo 33 stradale is the most beautiful car ever made. One final thing about that car: if you're looking at because once again, 67 to 69, a very short production line, you'll notice that there's kind of two different styles there's, the single headlight in the bezels and then there's the double now.
The funny thing is the earlier ones actually had the double and the later one had the single it's weird to me, because it looks like it should be the other way around. So, if you're, looking that up, you'll notice, that you'll also notice that there's these black screens they're mesh that sit behind the wheel, both up a fret and then back and that's for venting and for some reason they managed to make them look really cool. As opposed to really ugly and it's something that was way ahead of its time in terms of removing heat from the vehicle and, at the same time, maintaining a absolute beautiful design, aesthetic all right, it's enough about that that's enough about this whole thing. I hope you guys enjoyed this I'm curious to see what you guys have to say about your favorites. I would love to see them down below remember. I was going just from 1960 to the early 80s, basically late eighties, but for the most part we are talking about this that chunk of time. Yes, I wish I could do this list and talk about all the cars and who knows maybe we'll come back to this and talk about pre war vehicles because there's plenty of them for the Fastlane car. This is Nathan.