Mercedes Benz 300 SL
A handsomely built two-seater sports car, the Mercedes Benz 300 SL was arguably the first car from the company responsible for its astounding success in the United States. It sold remarkably well in post-war America and continued to sell well until its production was halted permanently. Mercedes went on to release the SLS AMG designed by their in-house team, paying homage to the 300 SL while adding a range of new features. Car enthusiasts will certainly appreciate what the SLS AMG has to offer, but purists always hark back to the timeless 300 SL.
Aston Martin DB5
This incredible masterwork of a car became something of a phenomenon when it was featured in a James Bond blockbuster starring Pierce Brosnan. It is beyond a shadow of a doubt the greatest ever Bond vehicle; for people who came of age in a certain era, it was the dream car! Sadly, it was only in production for a couple of years – but fans of the Aston Martin DB5 continue to acknowledge its classy presence in their collective consciousness.
1963 Chevrolet Sting Ray
Does the name ‘Sting Ray’ ring a bell – aside from the docile species of fish? The Chevrolet Corvette C2, fondly known as the ‘Sting Ray’, is one of the most iconic cars ever built. It was introduced in 1963 and quickly became one of the quintessential American vehicles of the 60s, well ahead of its competition in terms of performance. To give you a whiff of what we’re talking about here, the C2 Sting Ray could hit 60 in 5.6 seconds, no common feat back then. In 1969, Chevrolet stopped its production and focused on its other motors.
Louis Delage opened the production of his dream motor in 1905, giving up a steady salary to do so – and borrowing a small sum of money. The car quickly became a success, first used by drivers at the Coupe des Voiturettes, and then later at Grand Prix races. Delage was loved by a diverse range of enthusiasts, most ready to acknowledge its formidable presence. Production of the vehicle was halted in 1953, but Delage continues to attract enthusiasm across the board.
Studebaker closed its automotive line in 1969, but the company went out with a strong legacy solidified. An interesting fact is that the Studebaker US6 truck was the main design model on which the historic GAZ-51 Soviet truck was based. The regular Studebaker vehicle was distinguished by its streamlined design, one that people took notice of everywhere it traveled.