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James Bond's DB5 named in most beautiful cars of all time poll

27-Aug-2012 • Bond News

CNBC has named what they believe to be the 10 most beautiful cards ever created. Of course, James Bond's iconic Aston Martin BD5 figures in the mix. One fact that speaks to the lack of originality in modern design is that all of the cars on the list were produced within a 20-year period.

1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
It was the fastest top-speed production car at the time. The 1954 edition was the first consumer-oriented (non-racing) car sold with fuel injection.

2. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California
A red ’61 Ferrari 250 GT California was immortalized, sometimes in midair, as Cameron’s dad’s prized possession in the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller's Day Off.” Brauer says it’s not only considered by many the most beautiful car ever created, but it’s one of the most valuable collector cars today.

3. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is distinguished as the first year of second-generation (or "mid-year") Corvette; only year with "split window" rear glass. It was also the first Corvette with hidden headlamps and independent rear suspension.

4. 1964 Aston Martin DB5
The car Brauer calls one of the most famous ever was a major presence in James Bond films, first appearing in “Goldfinger,” followed by appearances in “Thunderball,” “GoldenEye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Casino Royale”.
MI6 Note: The car will also be back in the new film "Skyfall"

5. 1965 Jaguar E-Type
The 1965 Jaguar E-Type’s important advancement was its in-board rear disc brakes. At least one expert praised it as “the most beautiful car ever made”—it was Enzo Ferrari, who should know about such matters

6. 1966 Ford GT40
The only car to win the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in first, second and third place, Brauer notes it is also one of the lowest cars ever made, at 40 inches tall.

7. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
The 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 could go 165 mph and was the first Ferrari to use an integrated transmission and rear axle for improved balance.

8. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
A white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T famously starred in the 1971 film “Vanishing Point” (and because of that, a plot device in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof”). Brauer points out other noteworthy aspects of this model: It was also the first for “E-Body,” it offered with 426 Hemi engine and it was available in "high-impact" colors like "Plum Crazy Purple."

9. 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV
The first exotic car—Brauer says this was due to the Lamborghini Miura SV’s mid-engine V12, making it one of the fastest production cars available in 1971.

10. 1973 Porsche Carrera RS
The 1973 Carrera RS has the large rear tires, wider rear fenders, a spoiler, as well as larger brakes and fuel injection, resulting in a lighter, more powerful Porsche.

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