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Iconic Sports Cars

Iconic Sports Cars

Iconic Sports Cars

» more from Luxury Perfection on wheels, with just two seats In its strictest sense, the term “sports car” signifies a vehicle with two seats, a compact frame and sleek styling. Perhaps thinking that’s all there is to it, many car manufacturers have tried their hand at creating their own classic car, to takes its place alongside the legends. However, automotive history has shown that that’s easier said than done.While many contenders have come and gone, certain sports cars have stood the test of time and become truly iconic of the form. Karl Brauer, a senior director at the car valuation and analysis company Kelley Blue Book, has provided CNBC.com with his definitive list of what he believes to be the 10 greatest sports cars. “The sports car represents the purest form of personal transportation,” he said. “It’s not concerned with storage space or luxury appointments or fuel efficiency. Even raw horsepower isn’t critical, though a sports car must have enough power to entertain its driver while strafing apexes on a twisting road or racetrack.” So which cars does Brauer believe are the greatest of all time? Read ahead and find out. —By CNBC’s Daniel BukszpanPosted Nov. 22, 2013Updated May 18, 2015 by CNBC staff Tune in to “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. Read more Image Source: Jaguar Land Rover
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Iconic Sports Cars

Perfection on wheels, with just two seats In its strictest sense, the term “sports car” signifies a vehicle with two seats, a compact frame and sleek styling. Perhaps thinking that’s all there is to it, many car manufacturers have tried their hand at creating their own classic car, to takes its place alongside the legends. However, automotive history has shown that that’s easier said than done.While many contenders have come and gone, certain sports cars have stood the test of time and become truly iconic of the form. Karl Brauer, a senior director at the car valuation and analysis company Kelley Blue Book, has provided CNBC.com with his definitive list of what he believes to be the 10 greatest sports cars. “The sports car represents the purest form of personal transportation,” he said. “It’s not concerned with storage space or luxury appointments or fuel efficiency. Even raw horsepower isn’t critical, though a sports car must have enough power to entertain its driver while strafing apexes on a twisting road or racetrack.” So which cars does Brauer believe are the greatest of all time? Read ahead and find out. —By CNBC’s Daniel BukszpanPosted Nov. 22, 2013Updated May 18, 2015 by CNBC staff Tune in to “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. Read more Image Source: Jaguar Land Rover

Iconic Sports Cars

In its strictest sense, the term “sports car” signifies a vehicle with two seats, a compact frame and sleek styling. Perhaps thinking that’s all there is to it, many car manufacturers have tried their hand at creating their own classic car, to takes its place alongside the legends. However, automotive history has shown that that’s easier said than done.While many contenders have come and gone, certain sports cars have stood the test of time and become truly iconic of the form. Karl Brauer, a senior director at the car valuation and analysis company Kelley Blue Book, has provided CNBC.com with his definitive list of what he believes to be the 10 greatest sports cars. “The sports car represents the purest form of personal transportation,” he said. “It’s not concerned with storage space or luxury appointments or fuel efficiency. Even raw horsepower isn’t critical, though a sports car must have enough power to entertain its driver while strafing apexes on a twisting road or racetrack.” So which cars does Brauer believe are the greatest of all time? Read ahead and find out. —By CNBC’s Daniel BukszpanPosted Nov. 22, 2013Updated May 18, 2015 by CNBC staff Tune in to “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime.
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Iconic Sports Cars

1 Of 100 100. Jaguar XJS (1975–1996)The successor to the iconic E-Type, the XJS was a great-looking car in its own right. In production for more than two decades, it became one of the most recognizable models from Jaguar. 2 Of 100 99. Chevrolet Camaro (1966–1969)The original Camaro set many young hearts aflutter. With muscular, purposeful styling and power to spare, the ’60s Camaro became an instant classic.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 Of 100 98. Lotus Esprit (1993–2004)Despite going through some awkward “wedge” phases in its early days, the Esprit hit its stride with the early ’90s S4 variant. By the twin-turbo V-8 generation, it had evolved into a legitimate exotic. 4 Of 100 97. Ford GT (2005-2006) The reincarnation of the Ford GT40 was so cool that it’s one of the only cars of the past 10 years that hasn’t depreciated—in fact, it’s worth more now.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 Of 100 96. Cadillac The entirety of ’50s automotive fashion in America can practically be summed up in the ’59 Cadillac. Huge, heavy, and comically over-styled, it’s a classic from a bygone era—and highly desirable in today’s collector market. 6 Of 100 95. Bugatti Type 57 (1934–1940)Shortly before World War II reached a fever pitch, French maker Bugatti enjoyed considerable recognition for its gorgeous Type 57. A total of 710 were ultimately produced.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 Of 100 94. Noble M12 M400 (2004–2007)You may never have heard of Noble—it’s not a huge name. Its M12 sports car, however, was a huge performer, and a favorite among track-day enthusiasts. 8 Of 100 93. Dodge Viper (1990–present)If macho can be sexy, then the Dodge Viper has appeal to spare. Designed to be brutally fast, uncomplicated, and eye-catching, this low-tech superstar from Detroit hit instant fame.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 Of 100 92. Mercedes-Benz 540K (1935–1940)The 540K marked a distinct change in style from its predecessor, the 500K. The new model featured sleeker and curvier bodywork, along with a larger, more powerful straight-8 engine. 10 Of 100 91. Ford Boss 302 Mustang (1969–1970)Afraid of losing its “pony car” crown to the archrival Chevy Camaro, Ford created the Boss 302 variant of the perennially popular Mustang to underscore the importance of legitimate performance over maximum power.
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Iconic Sports Cars

Think “muscle car” performance, and images of speed and power are more likely to come to mind than crash tests and safety ratings. Because no one buys a sports car to drive in the slow lane, the best all-around occupant crash protection is crucial. IIHS recently put a trio of iconic sports coupes through their paces, and unlike more sedate sedans, none earns the scores needed to clinch a Top Safety Pick award.
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Iconic Sports Cars

Cars are objects of subjectivity, and everyone seems to have an opinion, from the cognoscenti to the everyman. The best cars can be whittled down based on design, popularity, exclusivity, performance or all of the above. There are plenty of lists out there and opinions inevitably vary (widely), but for our humble screed of 50 we’ve used a single rule: which cars are truly significant in our own minds.
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Iconic Sports Cars

General Motors Co.Chevy is commemorating 65 years of Corvette sports cars with the 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 Edition, a limited 650-car run of Corvettes bearing a carbon fiber-centric appearance package.6Gallery6 ImagesThe very first Polo White 1954 Corvette rolled off the assembly line June 30, 1953, the first of 300 cars built that year.General Motors Co.The Ceramic Matrix Gray Carbon 65 Edition Corvette pays tribute to the white '54 model (that was the only color available for the first year) without duplicating it.General Motors Co.The $15,000 anniversary edition package will be available this summer and features unique fender stripes and door graphics, black wheels, blue brake calipers, and a jet black suede interior competition sport seats.General Motors Co.Of course, there is also a load of visible carbon fiber, including the hood's center section, roof, side skirts, spoiler, and intake ducts.General Motors Co.
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Iconic Sports Cars

Drag the sliders on the images below to see how some of the most iconic cars on the road have evolved over time. While the most significant upgrades are often hidden under the hood, new designs reflect the changing tastes of consumers while maintaining the visual style of these classic vehicles. If you’re viewing this on a tablet, tap on the image to see the change. This project cannot be viewed on smartphones.
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Editor’s Prologue: Cars get our blood flowing here at GP. From vintage racers to compacts to the latest supercar offerings, we realize that there are myriad discussions debates over which ones are the most memorable, the most celebrated and the most remarkable. So to end the inquisition we’ve been compiling a list over the past two months and honing (and honing) it down to what we feel are the 50 most iconic automobiles in motoring history.
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While all three American auto manufacturers made significant contributions to the pony car segment, only one of the three can be said to have perfected the sports car — and that’s General Motors, which in 1953 launched the Chevrolet Corvette, pictured left. The model came into its own during its second generation, which began in 1963 with the Sting Ray model. That was the inspiration for the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, pictured right, which was introduced to commemorate 60 years of the iconic vehicle in early 2013 for the 2014 model year.

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