40 of the Most Timeless Cars in Automobile History.
You don’t have to be a mechanic to understand that people really love their cars. Ask a hundred different people what their favorite vehicle is and you are unlikely to see the group come to a consensus. In order to do justice to the automotive fandom, we decided to take a close look at 40 of the most amazing vehicles in motoring history. Did your favorite care end up on our list?
The Ford GT40 was built by Ford in order to compete with the team at Ferrari at Le Mans. The GT40 was an iteration of racing vehicle that completely changed the game. The Ford GT40 showcased American muscle during its takeover at Le Mans. A fully restored 1966 MK1 will run nearly $4 million at auction.
The Mazda Miata is a powerful little machine, make no mistake about it. The Mazda Miata features rear-wheel drive, precision steering, and the comforting sound of the shifter with every shift. The Miata MX-5 is still one of our favorite cars to drive to this day. If you want to bring home an MX 5, you’ll only need to pay around $27k for a new model off the lot.
The Jaguar E-Type is one of our personal favorite cars on the planet. The V12 power coupled with the low-to-the-ground body makes the Jaguar E-Type fly down the road. The roadster may be more popular than the coupe version of this car, but we wouldn’t decline the opportunity to drive either! This legendary car won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in three consecutive years.
1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
The 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic looks like it was pulled straight from the streets of Gotham. This gorgeous vehicle is known for its long hood, gorgeous curves, and sheet metal finish. If you want to get your hands on a Type 57SC, you are going to need to spend somewhere north of 30 million dollars. As one of the most expensive vehicles on the planet, the Atlantic 57SC is certainly a keeper!
Austin Healey 3000
If you love roadsters, you are going to love the Austin-Healey 3000. Sleek lines give way to rounded curves and the sparkling chrome grille seals the deal for the Austin-Healey 3000. This vehicle was produced throughout the 50s and 60s as the 3000 underwent numerous adjustments. This vintage classic car is now hard to find as production ended in 1967 on the model.
The notable BMW M1 was developed by BMW from 1978 until production ended in 1981. This is the first mid-engine vehicle that BMW ever mass-produced and only the second i8 hybrid sports vehicle, as well. While only 500 models were ever built, they are still coveted by collectors around the world.
Nissan Skyline GTR R34
When you look at the Nissan Skyline GT-R, what comes to mind? Originally developed by the team at Prince automobile, the Skyline would eventually be released under Nissan-Datsun. The Nissan Skyline GTR r34 is a dominant racing vehicle that has enjoyed circuit course victories all over the planet, including notable success in Japan.
BMW has made a business out of crafting small yet entirely capable vehicles. The BMW 3-Series is probably considered one of the most famous lines from BMW of all time. The 20002 features 130hp under the hood inside a light and lean body perfect for hitting the road. Racing fans will respect the BMW 2002 for its finish at the 1970 Nurburgring 24-Hour Race.
1948 Tucker Torpedo
The 1948 Tucker Torpedo is a throwback to the 40s and 50s in every sense of the word. The Tucker Sedan was developed by Preston Tucker as a way to innovate and disrupt the automobile industry. Only 51 models were ever produced and conspiracies are surrounding the vehicle as to why. For our part, we’ll just enjoy looking back on this beautiful throwback.
The McLaren F1 hit the road for the first time in 1992. The vehicle was produced by the team at McLaren Cars until 1998 within which 106 models were produced. The F1 McLaren would set the top speed record for production cars in 1998 as Gordon Murray helped his car to reach 231 MPH.
If you pride yourself as being a real ‘driver’ then you need to find your way behind the wheel of a Ferrari F40. Built to be light, lean, and faster than heck, the F40 overpowered everything else on the road back when it was first introduced. Of course, the rear wing pulls in attention but the overall sleek build of the body is the real prize here.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe is more commonly referred to as the CT. The Corvette Sting Ray was in production for over two decades thanks to the timeless nature of its sleek and elegant body. As one of our favorite American cars, you can’t go wrong with this exotic sports car.
The Acura NSX was first introduced to the adoring public in 19990. As one of the most advanced super cars to ever hit production, it was easy to see why the NSX was and still remains so popular. The light frame coupled with the powerful engine makes the Acura NSX seem like it is literally flying down the street.
It’s not hard to see what car collectors find appealing about the Jeep Willys. Originally known as the Willys-Overland MB, the Jeep Willys was produced for the United States military during World War II. Nobody can quite pin down where the ‘Jeep’ name came from, but the Willys set the standard for all Jeeps to come.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
There is something classic and timeless about the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Introduced to the buying world in 1955, the 300 SL quickly flipped the script on what drivers expected out of fast roadsters. Once considered the fastest car on the road, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL has a history to be proud of. You’ll need to spend nearly $750k to purchase a restored 300 SL for yourself!
1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
The Alfa Romero has a special place in automotive history due to its gorgeous design. The Alfa 33 was developed as a road version of the legendary Tipo 33. The Alfa 33 could hit 60 MPH in just 5.5/seconds before topping out at 160MPH. Only 17 Alfa 33 Stradale models ever hit the open market.
Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder
As roads improved throughout Europe in the wake of WWII, the team at Maserati decided to develop a car that could capitalize on the infrastructure. Introduce the Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder. This absolutely gorgeous car rivaled the best Aston Martin and Ferrari comps of the time. More than 2,200 cars were produced during the Vignale Spyder’s production run.
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
If you ever want a straight shot of ‘coolness’, find yourself an Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. This stunning Italian vehicle features a touch of British sophistication. The rounded body and 314 horsepower beneath the hood will turn the Zagato into a blur on any road. If you want to purchase an Aston Martin DB4, prepare to spend close to a million bucks.
The Volkswagen Beetle is significantly more than just a visual punchline. The Beetle is considered one of the most recognizable cars on the planet. Thanks to the rounded design and compact build, the Beetle quickly established itself thanks to its unique offerings. While the Beetle has gotten better with age, they are still a tough sell for many folks.
1967 Pontiac GTO
Otherwise known as the Judge, the 1967 Pontiac GTO is a timeless piece of automobile history. Introduced to the world with a split grille and monstrous V8 engine (335 HP, 441 lb/ft V8 engine), the 67 Pontiac GTO quickly became a car that American drivers could rally around.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is one of the most popular cars among the rich and wealthy for a reason. This OG British luxury vehicle manufacturer first hit the road in 1925. Since then, the Rolls-Royce Phantom has become a titan for their brand. Beloved for its iconic grille and elongated snout, who wouldn’t want to sit behind a Rolls-Royce Phantom?
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB
One of the finest designs in the Ferrari/Pininfarina catalog, the 250GT Berlinetta SWB made a name for itself at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1960. Nowadays, the Berlinetta SWB is known for its aesthetically pleasing body style and the V12 seated beneath the hood. As one of the top competition cars of its era, you will have to pay a pretty penny to get your hands on this vehicle.
Porsche 356 Speedster
Produced by Ferdinand Porsche, the Porsche 356 is one of the first production models in the company’s history. The 356 was built in both a speedster and coupe model during its production run from 1950 until 1965. Considered a lightweight and nimble vehicle, the 356 scored high marks at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 356 coupe was originally sold for just $3,750 when it was first released.
Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender is the ultimate SUV and for that reason deserves a spot on our list. The Defender has been shown capable of handling just about anything. Unfortunately, the Defender rounded out its production in the 90s, though the car is still as popular today as it has ever been.
If we are going to be discussing timeless vehicles, how can we skip the Toyota 2000GT? This beautiful vehicle was first introduced to the world in 1967. Popular from the get-go, the Toyota 2000GT would enjoy a production run of just 351 models. The 2000GT showed that Japan could compete with Europe and America when it came to developing amazing and exotic sports cars.
Aston Martin DB5
For most of us, sitting behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB5 will be the closest we get to feel like James Bond. The Aston Martin DB5 made a name for itself in ‘Goldfinger’ before standing on its own credentials. This grand tourer was in production for a three-year period from 1953 to 1965. As one of the rarer and more recognizable cars on the road, the DB5 is a must-have for wealthy car collectors!
The Acura Legend gave Japanese motofans something to gloat about. When the Legend was first introduced, the market had been currently under the domination of German car manufacturers. Noted for its clean V6 engine and responsive steering, the Acura Legend earned a reputation for itself all over the world. The Acura Legend is still sold today, though American buyers will recognize the vehicle under the name Acura RL.
Where the Countarch was blunt, the Miura is smooth. This sleek sports vehicle sports a Bertone design and a mid-engine V12. The two-seater setup makes this the perfect car for a date night while the eyelash headlights are sure to catch your significant other’s attention. As one of the true classics on our list, we have to take a moment to celebrate the Miura!
Great Scott, it’s the DeLorean DMC-12! The DeLorean may best be remembered by its appearance in the legendary ‘Back to the Future’ movies, but the car holds its own even outside of Hollywood. The steel body and gullwing doors make the DMC-12 memorable nearly instantly. While the creator of the DMC-12 may have been a criminal, he still made one fascinating vehicle.
Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4
The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 holds the mantle of Supercar with esteem. Originally released in 2005, the Veyron EB has been upgraded to reach a maximum speed of 268 MPH, assuming you bought the SuperSport iteration of this vehicle. If you are going maximum speed, understand that you will run through an entire tank of gas in under 13 minutes.
AC Shelby Cobra 427
The AC Shelby Cobra was introduced to the automotive world in 1962. Carroll Shelby had approached Ford Motor Company in order to install the powerful 520bhp, 427V8 engine in the AC Cobra. This raw power helped the AC Shelby to cement itself as one of the best British sports cars to ever be made.
Ferrari 250 GTO
The Ferrari 250 GTO is no longer a car that most people can even dream of. Worth more than $20 million, the 250 GTO might be something we have to get comfortable with from afar. The 250 GTO featured a 3L V12 engine underneath the iconic Ferrari hood. Considered to be one of the finest designs in the Ferrari catalog, who WOULDN’T want to be caught behind the Ferrari 250 GTO?
The legendary Lamborghini Countach may not have the name recognition that other Lambos possess, but wow does it look good. The Countach was produced in Italy from 1974 until 1990. First introduced in 1970, the Countach would undergo several prototype evolutions before hitting the market in 1974. In prime condition, a ’74 Lamborghini Countach can sell for more than $300k.
Created by the team at BMC, the Mini became the flagship model of the brand. Analyzed by Ford Motor Company, the Mini turned out to be a great investment for buyers and a poor investment for BMC. While the classic Mini isn’t priced beyond comprehension, you’ll need to prepare close to $50k for a fully restored model.
The Audi Quattro rose to fame in the 80s when Audi made a push to bring their vehicles to the United States. Born from rally car roots, the Quattro was a shock to the system to buyers everywhere. The hardy build and rally car roots made the Quattro a rugged and revered road car for every occasion.
Produced from 1955 until 1975, the Citroen DS was manufactured by the French company, Citroen. The classic build of the car was made more unique by the abrupt slope at the rear of the vehicle. As the first vehicle to sport front disc brakes in a production car, the Citroen DS was a revolutionary vehicle for a number of different reasons.
The Volvo P1800 was first built in 1957 in response to the rapid spread of popularity among Swedish sports cars. The Volvo P1800 was almost shelved before it was released due to problems with Karmann, the original automaker behind the vehicle. The P1800 would roar to life under the care of Jensen motors.
When you look at the Porsche 911, something inside of you stirs. The Porsche 911 has been a mainstay in the upper-class world of racing, rally, and automobile competition. In 1999, the Porsche 911 would land at 5th on the list for the title of, ‘Car of the Century’. More than one million 911s have been produced since the vehicle was introduced in 1963.
Datsun 240Z – 289Z
Often compared to the Jaguar E-Type, we feel like the Datsun S30 stands on its own. Created in the 70s, these low-cost cars became instant classics for buyers of every status. Hitting 60 from 0 in under 8 seconds was impressive and the top speed of 120mph made the Datsun acclaimed.
The Volkswagen Golf is definitely not a household name, but how could we not include it? The Golf made its way to American shores in the 70s. As the first real German-produced hatchback, the Golf had a lot going for it at the time. Volkswagen has continued to work on this vehicle with the 2020 Volkswagen Golf released at a $24k pricepoint.
Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok
A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.
The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.
As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.
Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.
Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.
Massive Sandcastle Built by Auckland Brothers Impresses Scores of Beachgoers
When you have run out of Christmas ideas, nothing beats going to the beach and letting your creative juices flow. That’s what two brothers in New Zealand did this past Boxing Day and ended up with an amazing and eye-catching sandcastle.
After building a massive sandcastle on Boxing Day, two Auckland boys gained praise from other people around Mt Maunganui’s beach area that day.
Jared and Paul Brandon spent 10 hours that day building a two-meter-high sandcastle, beginning with a sketch of the structure “on a piece of A4 paper” and beginning at high tide. The pair plans to turn this into a Boxing Day ritual.
On Christmas Eve, the brothers started strategizing on how to top last year’s one-meter-high tower on Boxing Day 2021.
Because Jared and Paul are “very competitive,” they wanted to outdo their performance from the previous year. Before beginning their construction, the two searched online for sandcastle designs after visiting Bunnings to get tools, buckets, as well as a footrest.
Both residents and visitors have expressed admiration and astonishment at the beautiful creation.
Jared chuckles, “A guy is assessing how tall it is currently with his beach umbrella.
Jared informed the media, “This one is 2 meters, so we needed a few footstools to climb up tall enough and also used a builder’s level so it didn’t topple over.
The 150-liter pail was the biggest we were able to use, and the traditional household bucket was a fairly small one. We purchased them both from Bunnings.
Paul explains, “There are a few techniques, such as two portions of water to one portion of sand.”
Then came the spatulas to shape the windows, then toothpicks for creating the roof piles, as well as the straws for blowing off the “extra sand.”
The previous night, the two worked on it until 8 p.m., and unlike last year, it is still standing.
“Time went by incredibly quickly; it seemed like we were only at the beach for five hours, instead of ten.” “Paul spoke to the press.
He claims that while working for a California hotel plus learning how to construct sandcastles as a kid-friendly activity, he acquired the skill there about eight years ago.
“Now that he’s used that knowledge and developed it, he taught me. Therefore, for the previous four to five years, whenever we had the time, we would construct a sandcastle once a year ” says Jared.
The two, who are both camera operators, intend to go much further next year and are hoping to enlist the aid of a larger family.
We will attempt to teach my sister as well as my brother-in-law to assist us as they appear interested this year. “We are striving to dredge up more relatives to get involved in creating a village in 2023.”
Man Finds $47,000 Historic Ring
England is very much metal detector country. The land outside the big cities is stuffed full of artifacts and leftovers from ancient times, ranging from before the Romans’ arrival to the Middle Ages and more. So, it’s not surprising, with the blessing of local farmers, that many a fellow with a metal detector is out there spending a Saturday or Sunday scanning through a fallow farm field to see what might be found. As it turned out, David Board was one of those hunters, and he just happened to come across a very small gold ring in one of his ventures.
Located outside of Dorset, Board was busy scanning a pasture field and had been doing so for hours. The sun was late in the sky, and Board was about to wrap up when his machine pinged a definite metallic substance under the soil he was waving the sensor over. Sure enough, pinpointing the location and then digging specifically into that spot, Board unearthed a very small gold ring.
It was in the farm soil, the ground typically tilled for planting, but this particular field had been used for cattle instead. So, five inches underground, the ring remained until Board found it and pulled it back into the daylight. At first, he chalked up the discovery to just another piece of metal from old times, he cleared off the dirt, pocketed the ring and kept going. Then, at the end of the day, Board went home and washed off his finds in the sink. It was only then that he realized what that ring actually was.
While the method of metal detecting in England gives archaeologists utter heart attacks every time they hear a similar story, the finds are generally split between the metal detector and the farm owner, unless the farm owner just waives off the matter and lets the hunters keep whatever they find. Whichever the case in this instance, the ring was no small trinket. It turned out to be an exceedingly well-crafted and rare gold wedding ring from the Medieval period and in very good condition. To be auctioned off later this year, the find is expected to net between 30,000 to 47,000 British Pounds.
The only surprise to anyone hearing the story in England these days is why the local farmers still allow detectors to scan their fields without any stake in the finds.
Gold Miners Dig Up a Lot More than Ancient Gold
Gold miners are used to finding all sorts of things from ancient times. It’s not uncommon to find relics of prior miners, old habitats, animal remains and even dinosaur fossils as they dig deep into the earth or excavate large areas. However, it’s not an everyday occurrence to find a practically intact mummy of a baby mammoth.
Based on the estimates possible on first evaluation of the mummified baby mammoth found on June 21 by operations at the Klondike gold deposit, way up in the northern part of Canada, miners discovered a baby female mammoth assumed to be probably 30,000 years old. An occasional dinosaur or mammoth bone is uncommon but a regular occurrence. However, finding a complete set of remains of a baby mammoth is extremely rare and a big news in the world of paleontology and biology. Even better, the specimen is practically complete. Most times the remains have been tampered with by other animals or hunting and scavenging. Then nature moves things around even further and separates parts. In this case, however, the baby mammoth was complete, intact and well-preserved.
Named Nun cho ga but the local tribes, the find essentially means big baby animal, no surprise. All the skin and hair is intact, which makes the find extremely valuable in terms of understanding exactly how junvenile mammoths looked and probably behaved mechanically as well as physically. In terms of scientific information, the find is huge. It’s similar to finding an entire painting by a famous artist versus just having a brush he or she might have used.
Locked away in permafrost for centuries, the baby mammoth was literally preserved in the earth’s freezer, untouched by bacteria or the elements for an amazing amount of time. Scientists evaluating the specimen guess that the juvenile likely passed away earlier, maybe from sickness, as its pack was moving since there were no predatory marks on it or scattering of remains. Or, also likely, the animal may have gotten stuck in a deep mud pit or quicksand and was quickly buried, protecting it from rot or degradation.
The last time anyone found a North American baby mammoth in good condition was in 1948, some 70 plus years ago. That one was named Effie, and was located inside a gold mine in Alaska. Additionally, another more recent find was in 2007 in Siberia. That find was estimated to be much older, at 42,000 years of age. It was comparative to the same size as Nun cho ga, which means the two together will provide some interesting comparative notes and years of study going forward. It’s enough to make a dinosaur scientist get giggly.
Pennsylvania Nurses Get a COVID Booster for Student Loan Debt
Becoming a nurse is no easy day in the park. Aside from all the clinical hours required and bookwork in classes, a candidate still has to pass their state license exams as well as figure out how to pay for the education costs. It’s quite common for a graduating nurse, whether an LN or RN, to have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That was already a significant barrier to recruitment before COVID-19 arrived. Things only got worse as experienced nurses left the field in droves after the pandemic’s burnout.
However, Pennsylvania is hitting the problem head on. The state decided that it was going to provide a pot totaling $55 million to help reduce or eliminate student loan debt for eligible nurses. Funded by a combination of state dollars matched to federal American Rescue Plan funds for overall economic stimulus, Pennsylvania directed its internal share to help boost nursing in-state again as well as keep nurses in their careers with financial stability.
Essentially, any nurse who worked during the pandemic, was licensed by the state, and cared for COVID-19 patients will be eligible to get a $7,500 payment for student loan relief. The funds are one-time, non-recurring, but they still represent a huge wave of debt relief for affected nurses. 24,000 plus nurses responded with applications before the deadline ended, which has exceeded the estimated fund allocation available, no surprise. To deal with this surge in eligibility, the state administrators will split the funds on a prorata basis between the impacted state areas and regions, based on the number of nurses who applied. Then, within each regional pot, nurses will be selected by random on who will get the one-time payment.
Those who are selected won’t see the funds themselves. To ensure the payment is used correctly, the money goes directly to the student loan servicer provided by that nurse in their application. The first recipients will see their student loans lowered this month, in August 2022. To help deal with the demand, an additional $15 million in federal dollars was redirected to the fund as well. The allocation for an awardee is $2,500 each year for three years. This allows an easier outflow of funds versus a demand surge all at once. Which will be a considerable amount of accounting work on the state side.
The hope is that with the eventual success of the program expected in nurse retention, the same model can be used again to bolster sagging industries seeing a brain drain in Pennsylvania, as well as stabilize people being crushed by student loan debt.
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