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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.

Modern Day Successor: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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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.

Modern Day Successor: Ferrari California

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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.

Modern Day Successor: Chevrolet Corvette

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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,” “Casino Royale” and “Tomorrow Never Dies”.

Modern Day Successor: Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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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.

Modern Day Successor: Jaguar XK

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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.

Modern Day Successor: Ford GT

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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.

Modern Day Successor: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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8. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/TA

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.”

Modern Day Successor: Dodge Challenger

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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.

Modern Day Successor: Lamborghini Aventador

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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.

Modern Day Successor: Porsche 911

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Source: The 10 most beautiful cars of all time

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