Top 29 Exquisite Cars

1. Bugatti 57 S(C) Atlantic (1938)

Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic 1938

For the Bugatti Atlantic Coupe, Jean Bugatti’s goal was to design the ultimate high-speed grand touring car.

According to Paul Bracq, “the Atlantic is a monument in the history of French coachbuilding. More than any other car, it expresses a Latin look. An incredible sense of lightness is given off by this sculpture.”

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Powered by a straight 8 cylinder engine fitted with twin overhead camshafts and a compressor, this beauty is also incredibly fast, capable of reaching 200 kph.

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2. Bentley “Blower” (1929)

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Forget Aston Martin. The Bentley Blower was the car Ian Fleming chose for 007 to drive in his earliest novel – it was James Bond’s first car.

This 1929 4½ Liter Birkin “Blower” Bentley was one of three Birkin Bentleys entered in the 1930, 24 Hour Le Mans Race where it was driven by Benjafield & Ramponi.

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3. Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” (1930)

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Chassis number SSK 36038 was originally bodied by Touring as a Spyder, without doors and with cycle fenders. The Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” was entered by Antonio Maino for the 1931 Mille Miglia.

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4. Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (1931)

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza 1931 1

The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 existed both as a Grand Tourer and as a racing car, its bodywork designed by some of the greatest Italian master-coachmakers, including Zagato, Touring and even Castagna.

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The racing version of the 8C 2300 seen here is referred to as “Monza“, the worthy successor of the mythical P2.

5. Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia (1938)

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia 1938 1

The Turin factory called upon Carrozzeria Touring to design a small series of four two-seater roadsters intended to take part in the 1938 Mille Miglia, the first example of which is the car exhibited here.

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This Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia fitted out with a straight 8 cylinder 2.9 liter engine with twin overhead camshafts supercharged by two compressors is equipped with fully independent suspension and a four speed rear transaxle.

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6. Bugatti 59 Grand Prix (1933)

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Evolved from Types 51 and 54 constructed in the Molsheim workshops, and successor to the mythical Type 35 line and its countless racing victories, the Bugatti 59 is the stylistic and aesthetic reference for pre-War Grand Prix cars, despite its less brilliant track record in actual competitions.

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7. Ferrari 375 Plus (1954)

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The Ferrari known as the 375 Plus was an extrapolation of the Type 375 MM. The absolute masterpiece Ferrari 375 Plus was created by highly qualified, talented artisans under the guidance of Pinin Farina, Ferrari’s official coachbuilder. Only five examples of the Type 375 Plus were made, including a Spyder version which won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1954.

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1954 Ferrari 375 Plus engine

1954 Ferrari 375 Plus engine

8. Jaguar XKD (1955)

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In order to find a worthy successor to the brilliant Jaguar Type XKC, winner on two occasions of the Le Mans 24 Hours, the aeronautic aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer came up with a non-conformist vehicle. The D-Type has a long hood with no radiator grille, opening away from the block and a slender, extremely graceful rear, easily recognizable thanks to the highly original fin that extends the driver’s head-rest, providing greater stablility at high speeds.

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1955 Jaguar XKD engine

1955 Jaguar XKD engine

9. Porsche 550 Spyder (1955)

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Inspired by the Type 356, itself extrapolated from the famous Volkswagen, the 550, showcased at the Paris Motor Show in 1953 was one of Porsche‘s first race cars and continued to be produced until 1956. Spyder, adopted by Ferry Porsche, was a good description of the Porsche 550 Spyder open two-seater light sports car.

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10. Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (1958)

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The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (red head) owes its name to the red camshaft covers of its V123 liter engine. Made by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, adapted from a design by Pinin Farina introducing a torpedo shaped body, the car had a headrest that stuck out above the bodywork and integrated headlights behind protruding Plexiglas protection.

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The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa in the Ralph Lauren collection bears chassis number 0734 and is the 14th of the 34 250 Testa Rossas built.

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11. Ferrari 250 GTO (1962)

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Designed in the utmost secrecy, the Ferrari 250 GTO is considered by aficionados today to be the quintessential vintage Ferrari model, both technically and aesthetically, embodying one of the most famous and most expensive sports cars of all time.

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The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was the last front engine race car Ferrari ever made and, it was also the last race car Ferrari built that you could actually drive on the road but it was truly designed for racing and won the World Championship three years in a row, 1962, 1963 and 1964.

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12. Ferrari 250 LM (1964)

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The Ferrari 250 LM (standing for “Berlinetta Le Mans”) was descended from the 250 P, intended to replace the GTO. Designed for racing, its engine is situated in a central position, giving it an unusual line with the cockpit further forward than normal, a short front and spacious rear.

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Equipped with the 250 series’ famous V12 engine, fed by six carburetors, developing 320 CV and serviced by a five-speed gearbox, it propelled the Berlinetta LM to 295 kph.

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13. Jaguar XK120 Roadster (1950)

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The Jaguar XK120 Roadster was a landmark in the company’s history. It was launched at the London Motor Show in 1948.

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From an aesthetic point of view, the XK models illustrated the preference of Jaguar‘s anti-conformist boss, William Lyons, for creating automobile fashion rather than folllowing it, even if he chose to invest primarily in the models’ performance and mechanics: a straight 6 cylinder 3.5 liter engine with twin overhead camshafts, producing 180 CV.

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14. Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (1955)

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At the start of the 1950s, Mercedes sought to get back into top-level racing. Rudolf Uhlenlaut started working on the 300 SL project in 1951, futher motivated by a change in the Grand Prix rules set ofr the 1954 season, which would also affect other racing car manufacturers. The straight 6 cylinder 3.0 liter engine, taken from the regular four-seater 300, was incorporated into the middle of an ultra-light multi-tubular chassis, which had an unusually high sill that prevented the uss of standard doors and opening windows.

from Ralph Lauren Car Show

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